Saturday, 3 December 2016
National | Radio Prague

A growing number of rich Czechs appear to be building private underground shelters for protection in an ever more uncertain world.

Czech Republic and the EU | ČTK

The European Union must not be divided into geographic zones, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and French President Francois Hollande agreed on Wednesday and added that the member countries must keep together.

National | Radio Prague

Head of state president Miloš Zeman officially appointed Jan Chvojka as new minister for human rights and legislation and Miloslav Ludvík as the new minister of health.

Prague | Prague TV

Prague city councilors approved a concept design for renovating the waterfront street at Dvořákovo nábřeží between Štefánikův most and Čechův most. The estimated cost of the project is CZK 140 million and includes repairing flood damage to the pavement.

National | Fox News/AP

France President Francois Hollande says his country is thankful to the Czech Republic for its help in the fight against terrorism.

National | ČTK

The punishment for support for terrorism in the Czech Republic will be stiffer under an amendment to the criminal code passed by the Senate on Wednesday, with the public agreement with a committed terrorist act carrying three to 12 years in prison.

National | ČTK

The deadline by which transport of explosives must be announced will be shortened from one day to one hour with a single exception, according to the legislation passed by the Czech Senate on Wednesday.

Czech Republic and the EU | ČTK

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka supported Serbia's EU accession during his meeting with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on Wednesday, and he tweeted that Prague seeks an increase in bilateral trade.

National | ČTK

Czechs live in social bubbles in which they confirm their own views, and the division of society in opposing camps is likely to last and may even escalate, daily Lidove noviny (LN) writes today, based on a project that surveyed which online news servers followers of political parties follow.

National | ČTK

The Czech Culture Ministry has rejected a protest against the Jewish cemetery in Prostejov being heritage-listed, lodged by the local town hall, Tomas Jelinek, spokesman for the U.S. Kolel Damesek Eliezer charity foundation, told journalists on Wednesday.

National | ČTK

Inmates in the prison in Jirice will help breed sheep and fallow deer within the first project of this kind in Europe that was launched these days, Prison Service director Petr Dohnal has told reporters.

National | Radio Prague

The Czech state is to begin funding schools according to the number of hours taught rather than number of pupils. The provision is included in an amendment to the law on education approved by the lower house that will take effect in 2018.

National | Fox News/AP

Czech lawmakers have approved legislation to limit the business activities of future government ministers. The legislation, approved on a 125-42 vote in Parliament's lower chamber, would ban ministers from owning media, and bar companies in which ministers have more than a 25% stake from receiving state subsidies and participating in public tenders. The ANO movement led by FinMin Andrej Babis — who owns two major newspapers and Agrofert conglomerate which receives state subsidies — voted against.

National | Euronews

Puppetry has a very long history across the Czech Republic and can be traced deep into the Middle Ages. Now UNESCO is considering adding Czech and Slovak puppetry to the global list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, an eclectic list that includes French gastronomy and Mexico's Day of the Dead festival.

National | ČTK

Norbert Hofer, presidential candidate of the Austrian Free Party (FPO), may try to turn the Austrian policy to the east if he wins the forthcoming presidential election, former Czech foreign minister Karel Schwarzenberg told ČTK on Tuesday.