Thursday, 23 January 2020
Politics | Prague Daily Monitor

PM Andrej Babiš is making clear arguments that the government has too many ministers and the country would be fine, or even better off, combining the positions into a more efficient structure. Babiš, to start, assumes that recently recalled Minister of Transportation Vladimír Kremlík will be replaced with the current Minister of Industry Karel Havlíček.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

The Senate has proposed a day of mourning for Jaroslav Kubera, the President of the Senate who passed away suddenly on Monday, 20th of January. The funeral date nor his replacement have yet been decided.

National | Brno Daily

The guide covers the most basic information required in order to settle in the city and integrate into its structures, and answers the most important questions asked by newcomers. It is available in Czech, Ukrainian, Russian, Romanian, Vietnamese, and Arabic.

National | Radio Prague

Czechs like to describe themselves as a nation of people who are innovative and manually skilled. There is even a saying in Czech – zlaté české ručičky, which translates as golden Czech hands, and points to the nation's ability to create and innovate under all conditions. Kutilství, as we describe the DIY phenomenon in Czech, has always been a strong part of the Czech national identity.

Czech Republic and the EU | Business | EurActiv.com

The Visegrad countries will need some time to close the ditches they have dug in recent years, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček told Euractiv.cz in an interview. He also voiced doubts about the need for a reform of EU membership negotiations, demanded by France, saying the process is already reversible at any stage.

Politics | Reuters

Jaroslav Kubera, the chairman of the Czech upper house of parliament, died on Monday morning, the chamber's spokeswoman said. He was 72. Kubera gave a speech at his party's congress during the weekend and was not known to be suffering from a serious illness. Kubera, a long-time popular mayor of the northern spa town of Teplice known for his frank talk and common-sense approach to politics, was liked by many as well as despised by opponents.

Prague | Expats.cz

The Old Town Market, a hidden space on Rytířská Street near Old Town Square, is finally being rebuilt after years of neglect. City Hall's plan is to create a market of a European format inside a cultural monument that will be not only a center of good food and drink, but also a pleasant meeting place.

Prague | Prague Daily Monitor

The Prague Zoo is planning on raising the entrance fee for adults, students and children from three to fifteen years of age. Also increasing will be the amount of money from each entrance ticket that goes to saving free roaming animals; from three to five CZK.

Prague | Prague Daily Monitor

The Prague Technical Communication Agency will end its practice of renting placements for advertisers on billboards and posters in other public places. The reason given was to lower the visual smog around the city.

National | Radio Prague

Previously a strong advocate of cultivating ties with Beijing, the Czech president has signalled a major U-turn. Miloš Zeman now says he will not attend an annual China-organised summit in April, citing disappointment with the level of Chinese investment in the Czech Republic.

National | Brno Daily

According to the Association of Mountain Resorts (AHS), 91% of ski resorts are currently in operation in the Czech mountains. Two thirds of the ski-lifts and cable cars are in operation.

National | Phys.Org

A highly contagious bird flu has been confirmed at a Czech farm, officials said Saturday after a French farm union warned of the risk of a new outbreak in Europe. Czech official Petr Vorlíček said "the highly pathogenic H5N8 subtype lethal for birds" was found at a small farm 150 kilometres southeast of the capital Prague. He said the infection at the farm in Štěpánov nad Svratkou was most likely imported by wild water birds.

National | BBC News

At least eight people have been killed after a fire broke out at a disabled people's home in the Czech Republic. Thirty others were injured in the incident in the western town of Vejprty, on the border with Germany. The cause is not yet clear.

Prague | Expats.cz

The Prague City Council approved a new vision of the valley around the Motol Brook. The study by studio A69 – architekti develops new uses and character for the area, and helps integrate it into the city. Local inhabitants participated in the plan's creation.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

Three years after new legislation passed introducing inclusive education in the Czech Republic, a range of factors are still keeping Roma children in separate schools.