Monday, 17 June 2019
National |

The Equal Marriage Bill, which would allow for gay and lesbian marriages, has been stalled in the Czech Parliament. A happening will take place June 12 from 4 pm to 8:30 pm at Prague's Malostranské náměstí to encourage the Chamber of Deputies to take some action to pass the bill. The happening is staged by the Jsme fér (We are fair) initiative.

National | Radio Prague

June 10 marked 77 years since units of the German Security Police liquidated the Central Bohemian village of Lidice in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich. While far from the only example of such cruelty during the war, Lidice became famous around the world. In part due to its symbolic value as a place of tragedy, but also hope.

National | Radio Prague

PM Andrej Babiš has launched a massive counter-offensive to the preliminary EU audit concluding that he has a conflict of interest due to strong links to his former business empire. While he refuses to meet with the organizers of the street protests against him, he has taken every opportunity to present himself as the victim of a targeted smear campaign intended to drive him out of politics.

National | Financial Times

Andrej Babiš has got the better of most of his political opponents in the two years since he became Czech prime minister. But the combative leader now faces a different challenge: swelling street protests spearheaded by a group of student activists.

Prague |

Czech people are not fans of long commutes to work. About half of working Czechs spend at most 20 minutes getting to their job. Due to the active job market, which gives job seekers more options than in the past, the number of people making long commutes has been dropping.

National | Business | Arutz Sheva

Since 1989 and, in particular, since 2004, Israel has acquired new friends in Europe – and the Czech Republic is the outstanding case.

National | Rappler/iRozhlas

According to the investigation, once the Filipinas reached the Czech Republic, the conditions they were promised suddenly changed. The Prague-based recruitment agency Atlas, the target of police operation Nemesis last March, and is now a subject of a police investigation, appears to be at the center of this human trafficking/enslavement scam.

National | Radio Prague

Czech politicians, including President Miloš Zeman, have condemned the draft Russian legislation stating that Soviet troops took part in the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia to supress an attempted coup. The Senate's Committee for Foreign Affair said the draft was an attempt to rewrite history and called on the Upper House to officially condemn Russia's attempt to regard Czechoslovak occupants as war veterans.

Prague | Real Estate | Radio Prague

Prague inhabitants with an average salary would have to work for nearly fifteen years for a flat of approximately seventy square metres, if they didn't have any other expenses, suggests a study by the developer company Central group. Just a year ago, Praguers needed to work less than 14 years to acquire a flat, while in 2014 it was less than ten years.

National | Radio Prague

For the first time in history Czech citizens can come up with an official name for a star and planet outside our solar system. The opportunity comes as part of the 100 year anniversary of the International Astronomical Union, which has launched their worldwide NameExoWorlds campaign as part of the celebrations.

Czech Republic and the EU | Bloomberg

Czech billionaire prime minister criticized the European Union for an audit that found him in a conflict of interest, calling the draft an attempt to destabilize the nation he runs. Under increased pressure, Premier Andrej Babis has shifted his rhetoric from having a pro-European attitude to a sharp criticism of the bloc that is scrutinizing his ties to business conglomerate Agrofert. "I will certainly ask Mr. Juncker how it's possible that he has such incompetent auditors," Babis told reporters on Wednesday.

National | Radio Prague

The Czech Republic's Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes has launched a new project to help teachers in primary and secondary schools make history classes more engaging. Called Obrazy války or Images of War, it focuses on the period of the Second World War and provides teachers with alternative study materials, based on photographs and film clips.

Prague |

Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad will be getting a facelift to make it more user-friendly. The Prague 3 district is seeking public input on the plan, and has an information booth on the square until June 10. People can also send comments online until June 30.

National | UniMedia

The newly-founded Centre of African Studies at Charles University brings together experts and academics from all over the Czech Republic studying Africa from a wide range of perspectives.

National | Transparency International

More than 120,000 citizens marched in Prague on Tuesday to call for the resignation of PM Andrej Babiš, following ongoing public discontent and a recent decision from the European Commission that Babiš has significant conflicts of interest related to his private businesses. The decision follows an initiative from Transparency International Czech Republic, which filed a complaint to the EC last year highlighting Babiš's conflicts of interest.