Thursday, 17 January 2019
Prague | Prague TV

Veletržní palác, the main modern art venue of the National Gallery in Prague (NGP), will be renovated. The NGP will call an international architectural competition by the end of February. The long-planned modification is intended to improve the space for exhibitions, NGP head Jiří Fajt said.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

A few thousand citizens attended a commemoration of Jan Palach's death, fifty years ago, to protest the end of the Prague Spring and the subsequent Soviet invasion. Palach's act of self-immolation came to define the Soviet invasion globally and inspired a number of Czech dissidents.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Writer, political scientist, lecturer and former dissident, Rudolf Kučera passed away in Prague, on Tuesday, according to a statement released by the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, in Ústí nad Labem.

Prague | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television reports that the Václav Havel Airport in Prague will shortly embark on a project to expand its parking facilities and to construct a new glass skywalk. The airport spokesperson stated, that the current parking capacity was insufficient, given the massive growth in passenger numbers, over the last few years.

Czech Republic and the EU | Business | EurActiv

A number of factors ranging from the end of milk quotas to economic sanctions against Russia and Brexit, have put pressure on the EU milk market, leading Czech industry experts to call for reinstating the quota system.

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In 1969, the Czech student Jan Palach self-immolated to stir his compatriots. He called himself "Torch No. 1" and warned the leaders of Czechoslovakia that others would follow his example if change did not come.

Czech Republic and the EU | Business | The Guardian

Two more European Union states, Poland and the Czech Republic, have said they are preparing emergency laws to allow Britons to stay to work in their countries legally in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The Czechs say their draft law will mean the estimated 8,000 Britons living in the country are exempt from normal immigration laws until the end of the December 2020. With a 21-month exemption period, it appears to be the most generous of proposals made so far by any member state for Britons settled in the bloc.

National | Prague TV

It is 50 years since Czech student Jan Palach set himself on fire to protest the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. Commemorative events are planned across the Czech Republic. In Prague, people can meet Jan 16 at 6 pm at Wenceslas Square for a quiet march with candles and flowers starting at 6:45 pm and ending in Old Town Square between 7:30 and 8 pm.

Prague | Prague TV

There is some progress in the long-delayed Prague Ring Road (Pražský okruh), the outer circuit of two planned roads to relieve traffic in the city. Transport Minister Dan Ťok (ANO) has promised Prague officials that the state will try to speed up its preparations by starting to buy land for the segment between the D1 and D11 motorways.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television reports that heavy snow and strong winds continue to batter the mountainous regions of the country, as a Level 4 avalanche threat was declared, in the Krkonoše Mountains and a number of roads were closed.

Prague | Prague TV

Václav Havel Airport Prague has been growing steadily since 2013. In 2018, according to the latest operating results, a record total of 16,797,006 passengers passed through the airport, with was a total of 155,530 take-offs and landings.

National | Business | Brno Daily

A pursuit that began in Slovakia due to speeding finally led to the arrest of the driver in South Moravia, and the discovery of eight Iraqi nationals in the car.

National | Business | Radio Prague

Fifty years ago on January 16, a young Czech university student named Jan Palach doused himself in petrol and set himself alight at the top of Prague's Wenceslas Square. Three days after staging this desperate attempt to rouse a demoralised Czechoslovakia in the face of Soviet occupation, he died in a burns clinic. Though his immediate political goals failed, Jan Palach inspired and steeled the resolve of countless others to fight for freedom during the two decades of 'Normalisation' that followed the crushing of the Prague Spring.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Foreign Minister Tomas Petříček (ČSSD) told the Senate Committee for European Affairs, on Tuesday, that the country was prepared for whatever variant of Brexit, that occurs, at the end of March.

Politics | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Aktuálně.cz reports that the certain members of the Pirate Party are unhappy about a perceived lack of transparency within the party. This stems from the fact that people within the leadership of the party, are members of various "closed groups" on Facebook, which are not open to the public, leading to other members questioning what is going on in these groups.