Saturday, 17 August 2019
Czech Republic and the EU | Radio Prague

An amendment to the law on foreigners, in effect as of the beginning of August, has brought a series of changes concerning mainly foreigners from non-EU countries. Among other things, it introduces compulsory integration courses and quotas for economic migration. But, according to migration experts, the law is excessively restrictive.

Politics | Radio Prague

President Miloš Zeman says he will definitely not appoint the Social Democrats' nominee for arts minister to the post, reigniting a political crisis that has been going on for months. With the party insisting they get their way, the governing coalition's days could be numbered.

Prague |

Women's parking spaces are a regular phenomenon in Austria and Germany where they can be found at motorway restrooms, restaurants, and shopping centers. The practice isn't as common in the Czech Republic, though according to the Czech daily Metro, it's gaining popularity.

National | Business | Brno Daily

A 50-year-old man lost a wallet with CZK 57,000 last Friday. Luckily for him, it was first found by an honest citizen – a woman who gave the money to the police.

Czech Republic and the EU | Business | Schengen Visa Info

Czech short-term visa applicants wishing to file an appeal for the rejection of their visa are now subject to an administrative fee. The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to make those filing an appeal for the rejection of their visas pay an amount of EUR 60, which same amount is required when applying for a visa.

National | Radio Prague

The Czech Foreign Ministry has reported record interest in obtaining Czech visas. Between the start of January and the end of June, Czech diplomatic missions received 408,000 visa applications, 13 percent more than in the same period last year. The increase in visa applications is connected mainly with more available travel all around the world and with short-term work migration, says David Nový, head of the Visa Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Politics | Reuters

Czech President Milos Zeman on Wednesday rejected the nominee for culture minister proposed by the junior government partners, the Social Democrats, in a dispute that has threatened Prime Minister Andrej Babis's coalition.

Prague |

The right wing of the landmark of the Industrial Palace in Výstaviště in Prague's Holešovice district has been covered by a tent for over a decade, following a massive fire. The city has finally obtained a building permit that allows for replacing the destroyed wing and renovating the rest of the structure.

Prague |

Prague plans on saving money by modernizing street lights with motion sensors. Many locations in the city are lit all night, despite nobody walking there. In addition, lamp posts will be converted to also carry charging ports for electric cars, and QR codes to help people identify locations in case of accidents or emergencies.

Prague |

Vinohradský Pivovar has been chosen by the municipality not only to serve up its signature Czech cuisine and locally brewed beer but enliven Šlechtova restaurant in Stromovka Park with cultural events. The venue is slated to open (at least its outdoor section) for the summer 2020 season.

National | Business |

Ceska Televize, the Czech national broadcaster, has received a total of 152 songs for the 2020 Czech national final which is scheduled to be held on 25 January. The Czech Republic was the first country to confirm its participation at the 2020 Eurovision edition

National | The Jerusalem Post/Reuters

A foreign state staged the latest cyberattack targeting the Czech Foreign Ministry, the Senate's security committee said on Tuesday, though it did not identify the nation concerned or provide any details on the incident. Earlier, the Czech daily Denik N reported that the cyber attack on the Foreign Ministry had taken place in June but that no confidential data was compromised. Citing three sources, the paper also said the attack had originated in Russia.

National | Radio Prague

A new ranking of the best and worst places to live in the Czech Republic has just been published. The country's major cities and surrounding municipalities generally performed well, while towns in the poorer regions of the northwest and northeast tend to lie at the bottom of the table.

National |

Czech confidence in the United States, United Kingdom, and other western powers is on the decline over the last 18 months, according to a new STEM public research opinion survey conducted in June 2019. Conversely, Czech attitudes towards Russia have risen over the same period.

National | Radio Prague

The Czech Republic's first open prison, which went into operation nearly two years ago, is reporting a record-low reoffending rate. So far, some 92 prisoners have served their time in the minimum-security facility and only three of them have returned behind bars. The reoffending rate at the country's regular prisons reaches 70 percent.