Sunday, 18 November 2018
National | The Washington Post/AP

Thousands of Czechs are rallying in Prague to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš over a fraud scandal. Babiš faces charges that he has misused EU subsidies for a farm he transferred to his family members, including his son, Andrej Babiš, Jr. Babiš denies wrongdoing. More protests are scheduled for Saturday.

Politics | Prague | Prague TV

Zdeněk Hřib of the Pirate party has been elected the new mayor of Prague by the City Assembly on Nov. 15. The 39 assembly members voted in favor, while 12 were against and 14 abstained.

Politics | Prague Daily Monitor

The newly formed Senate, which met on Thursday for the second time, voted in favour of a resolution urging Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to step down, while he was being investigated in the Stork's Nest matter.

National | Brno Daily

The 2018 English First English Proficiency Index (EF EPI 2018), produced by global language training company Education First, compares the level of English proficiency among adults in 88 countries. The Czech Republic is ranked 17th out of 32 European countries included in the index.

Czech Republic and the EU | Radio Prague

Europeans will in future receive instant alerts on their mobile phones if they are close to a terrorist attack or natural disaster. The system, known as Reverse 112, was pushed through by Czech MEP Dita Charanzová and has just been approved.

Prague | Business | Prague TV

Prague's Na Příkopě street advanced to the 19th place in the ranking of most expensive shopping streets, based on rent, according to a study by consultancy Cushman & Wakefield. This is the first time Na Příkopě made it into the top 20. In the previous ranking, it was in 22nd place.

Czech Republic and the EU | Business | Radio Prague

The UK's departure from the EU is less than six months away. While the implications will be profound for all of Europe, Dutch bank ING forecasts that Brexit will resonate in the Czech Republic especially in terms of a drop in EU funds to many regions.

Politics | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television reports that Jan Hamáček the leader of the ČSSD, the junior partner in the governing coalition visited President Miloš Zeman at Prague Castle on Thursday evening. Hamáček reportedly visited Zeman to consult with him about the scandal surrounding Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, and how Zeman's next moves might play into the ČSSD's decision about the matter.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor reports that the Institute of Geophysics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic launched a new mobile phone application, which reports on earthquakes in the country. The app, SEISLOK, is focussed on the numerous small earthquakes that occur in the Cheb region of West Bohemia.

Politics | Radio Prague

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is once again fighting for his political future in the wake of revelations that his son, who allegedly suffers from a mental disorder was held in Crimea against his will by his father's associate to prevent him testifying in the Stork's Nest affair in which the prime minister faces charges of EU subsidy fraud. Could this be the end of the road for the besieged Czech prime minister? Political analyst Jiří Pehe thinks not.

National | Prague TV

Winter is coming. The Salvation Army has set up facilities to help people without shelter in the cold weather. Across the Czech Republic, they will offer 2,000 beds in dormitories and shelters, with 350 in Prague. Other organizations in Prague provide more than 1,200 beds.

Politics | Prague Daily Monitor

Jaroslav Kubera (ODS) was elected Senate chair in a secret ballot on Wednesday morning. Kubera faced Václav Hampl (Independent, nominated by KDU-ČSL) in a second round runoff after Jan Horník (STAN) was eliminated from the race in the first round.

Czech Republic and the EU | Reuters

The Czech Republic on Wednesday joined the growing ranks of European Union countries that reject a United Nations pact to regulate the treatment of migrants worldwide. "The Czech Republic has long favored the principle of separating legal and illegal migration," Deputy Prime Minister Richard Brabec told a news conference.

National | Prague TV

Money exchange customers may soon be able to cancel their transaction within three hours. An amendment to the current law was approved by the Chamber of Deputies. It still needs to be approved by the Senate and signed by the president before it can take effect.

Politics | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television reports that Prime Minister Andrej Babiš met with Social Democrat MPs on Wednesday evening, to explain the situation regarding his son's comments about being kidnapped and the Stork's Nest matter.