Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Czech Republic and the EU | Radio Prague

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has come under fire from members of the centre-right opposition as well as from within the coalition government, for withholding full support for a new wave of planned EU sanctions against Russia. At its summit on Saturday, the union issued a one-week ultimatum for Russia to reverse its course in Ukraine or face new consequences. Mr Sobotka has long advocated diplomacy to try and deescalate the situation in Ukraine and he is hardly alone.

Prague | The Prague Post

In the broad scope, urban planning in Prague is in a good place. Mark Johnson, head of the urban planning company Civitas, was in Prague recently to comment on the city's future development plans.

National | Radio Prague

President Miloš Zeman wished first graders well and briefly recalled his own school years when he was forced to sit with his hands behind his back and was forced to write with his right hand, although he was left-handed.

National | Radio Prague

Khaled al-Atrash is to be the new Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic. According to the daily Lidové noviny he has already received the so-called agrément from President Miloš Zeman.

Politics | Radio Prague

The opposition centre-right parties TOP 09 and the Civic Democrats say they are outraged by the prime ministers stance and are demanding a special session of Parliament to "restore the dignity of the Czech Republic and defend its reputation as a country which respects freedom, democracy and international law".

Czech Republic and the EU | Radio Prague

The Czech candidate for EU Commissioner Věra Jourová is to meet with EC President Jean Claude Junker on Wednesday to discuss her possible future portfolio. The Czech government has been striving for an economic portfolio and Ms. Jourová, who heads the Regional Development Ministry in the centre-left government, is aspiring to head the European regional development portfolio, currently run by Austria.

National | Radio Prague

Singer Michal Hrůza, who was seriously injured in a street fight six weeks ago has been released from a rehabilitation clinic and transported home where he is to undergo further therapy.

National | Radio Prague

Czech Railways has announced that the rail connection between the towns of Hradec Králové and Pardubice will be out of operation for the next ten days due to maintenance.

Czech Republic and the EU | Radio Prague

The Czech Republic has reserved the right to reject tightened EU sanctions against Russia if they were to cause disproportionately high economic losses, PM Bohuslav Sobotka said after Saturday's EU talks in Brussels. At the talks the Czech PM urged a change of EU strategy towards Russia, saying that the first round of sanctions had failed to stop the violence in Ukraine and expressing doubts that additional sanctions would work.

Prague | The Prague Post

From now until early November, a wooden work and study space will be in Riegrovy sady in Prague 2. The space — which includes wooden benches, deskspace, WiFi and two electric outlets — is the first of its kind in Prague and is available for use free of charge.

Czech Republic and the EU | Radio Prague

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has expressed support for the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to become the new head of the European Council.

National | Radio Prague

Czech Ombudswoman Anna Šabatová has stirred heated debate on the Czech political scene by standing up for two students who were banned from wearing headscarves at a medical school in Prague.

National | Radio Prague

President Miloš Zeman has come under fire for attending Saturday's election campaign launch of the Party of Citizen's Rights which was originally named after him.

National | Radio Prague

A man suspected of an acid attack against his ex-girlfriend has been placed in custody awaiting trial. The judge ruled in favour of custody for fear that the suspect, who had been living under a false identity and had no employment would try to flee the country.

National | Valley News/AP

A visit to the Flower Garden in the eastern Czech city of Kroměříž is like traveling 300 years back in time.