Monday, 17 June 2019

Prague Daily Monitor

Zeman meets new ministers at Lány Chateau

Prague Daily Monitor |
16 Apr 2019

President Miloš Zeman met with future Transport Minister Vladimír Kremlík and future Industry Minister Karel Havlíček, at the Lány Chateau, on Monday. Both were nominated by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO), last week, to replace Dan Ťok and Marta Nováková, from his party, as ministers.

Ťok to quit politics completely

Prague Daily Monitor |
16 Apr 2019

Outgoing Transport Minister Dan Ťok (ANO) will not only finish his term as minister at the end of April, but also resigned from the Chamber of Deputies, as he gave up his responsibilities as an MP, on Monday.

Czech GDP slows to 2.9%

Prague Daily Monitor |
16 Apr 2019

Figures released by the Czech Statistical Office (CSU), confirm that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the Czech Republic, slowed to 2.9%, in 2018, from a pace-setting 4.5%, in 2017. The Czech Republic's GDP growth in 2018, was the thirteenth fastest in Europe, but paled in comparison to Ireland and Malta, which grew at approximately 6.5%. Czech GDP growth was higher than the average for the European Union's 28 member states at 1.9%, and Germany's GDP growth in 2018.

Dispute within Prague's ruling coalition is out in the open

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Apr 2019

Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates), Prague's Mayor, wrote an open letter to his coalition partner Jiří Pospíšil (TOP 09), the leader of the Spojené síly alliance, criticizing his recent comments about the coalition.

Vít Rakušan takes over as new Chairman of STAN

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Apr 2019

Vít Rakušan, the First Vice Chairman of STAN, the party of mayors and independents, was voted in as the party's new Chairman, over the weekend. Rakušan will take over from Petr Gazdík, who announced he was stepping down from the role, at the end of 2018. According to Czech Television, Rakušan, who is also the Mayor of Kolín, an MP and a Regional Representative, will give up the Mayor's post, as he concentrates on STAN's campaign for the upcoming regional elections.

Support for Pirates and ANO continues to grow

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Apr 2019

The latest political opinion polls conducted by Kantar CZ, for Czech Television, show that support for ANO and the Pirate Party continues to rise, at the cost of support for a number of other parties.

Driver of migrant van in jail in Brno

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Apr 2019

Czech Television reports that the Latvian driver of the van, which was stopped on the D1 Highway, on Thursday morning, carrying 13 Iraqi refugees who had crossed the border illegally, is in jail in Brno.

David Smoljak wins Prague 9 Senate runoff

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Apr 2019

Screenwriter David Smoljak (STAN) won a runoff against long-time Prague 9 Mayor and ODS candidate Jan Jarolím, for the Prague 9 senatorial seat, over the weekend. Smoljak won comfortably with 59.5% of the vote and Jarolím managed only 40.5% of the vote.

Cabinet wants to promote Koudelka again

Prague Daily Monitor |
12 Apr 2019

Czech Television reports that the cabinet is thinking of nominating Michal Koudelka, the head of the Security Information Service (BIS), for a promotion to the rank of General, for the third time. The cabinet is expected to meet on Monday, to discuss the issue.

Culture Ministry gives Kotva its heritage tag back

Prague Daily Monitor |
12 Apr 2019

The Ministry of Culture announced on its website on Thursday that it had once again recognised the historical, brutalist shopping centre Kotva in Prague, as part of the country's protected cultural heritage. The building, which was built in the 1970s and designed by the husband and wife architect duo of Vladimir and Vera Machonin, represents a high-point in the city's brutalist architectural history.

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