Sunday, 24 March 2019
National | Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

The Czech Foreign Ministry has called in Russia's ambassador for talks, amid a growing scandal involving how Russian diplomatic apartments in Prague are being rented out. The ministry said in a statement March 21 that Aleksandr Zmeievsky was summoned "to draw serious problems in some properties used by the Embassy of the Russian Federation."

National | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television reports that the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Thursday, strongly condemned President Milos Zeman's statement that Turkey was an ally of global terror group, the Islamic State. Zeman made the claim earlier this week, while on tour in the Karlovy Vary region.

National | Prague TV

The Czech Republic reached 20th place in the 2019 edition of the annual World Happiness Report, published by United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The country had been ranked 21st in the previous report.

National | Business | Foreign Policy

Eastern Europe has long resisted same-sex marriage. Prague might be about to change that.

National | Radio Prague

General Milan Píka, whose father also held that rank and was executed following a Communist Party-orchestrated show trial, has died at the age of 96.

Czech Republic and the EU | Prague TV

Some 40 groups have submitted lists of candidates to the Czech Interior Ministry for the upcoming elections to European Parliament. The legal deadline for filing has passed, but if a filing was made before the deadline but not yet received at the ministry's main office, the number could increase.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

The Senate in a secret ballot, on Wednesday, chose not to approve Charles University Vice Rector and Law Professor Ales Gerloch's nomination to the Constitutional Court. Gerloch received only 19 out of 64 votes cast and his nomination failed.

Prague | Prague TV

Prague's buses may soon end making stops where nobody gets on or off. Ropid, the organizer of Prague's transit system, has proposed a plan calling for all bus stops to be "na znamení," meaning people have to signal the driver ahead of time by pushing a button.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Tereza Hluskova who was arrested at Lahore airport, while attempting to smuggle out nine kilograms of heroin, in January 2018, was sentenced by a Pakistani court on Wednesday. She will spend eight years and eight months in prison near Lahore, and in addition, will have to pay a fine of 113,000 Pakistani Rupees.

Czech Republic and the EU | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Prime Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) will travel to Brussels on Thursday and Friday, to attend the Spring European Council meeting. On the agenda, will be talks on strengthening the European economic base, climate change, a summit with China and ways to tackle disinformation.

National | Business | Reuters

The Czech Republic may support a delay to the date of Brexit at the upcoming European Council meeting, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Wednesday.

National | Business | Radio Prague

Japanese professor of architecture Yoshio Sakurai has over the past twelve years visited every building ever realised by Adolf Loos, the Brno-born pioneer of European Modern architecture in the early 20th century. A sketchbook and camera in hand, Prof. Sakurai was on a mission that has now been fulfilled: to create exact scale models of Loos's best works.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

The cabinet headed by Prime Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) met with representatives of the Association of Towns and Municipalities on Wednesday, to discuss amendments to the public construction law.

Prague | Prague TV

The John Lennon Wall in Prague's Malá Strana district was reinvigorated March 18 with new paintings by Czech and visiting artists. The event called Meet Art was meant to mark 30 years since the fall of communism.

National | Brno Daily

On Monday, a judge at Brno Municipal Court dismissed a complaint from Cardinal Dominik Duka and his lawyer Ronald Němec that their religious rights had been violated by two plays performed at the Brno Center of Experimental Theater last year.