Sunday, 17 February 2019
National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Právo reports that the Ministry of Transport's proposed modifications to the driving law, significantly restrict novice drivers' room to make any errors. The new rules would see new drivers (for up to two years after they have first received their licenses), lose their licenses, if they received 6 or more penalty points.

National | Radio Prague

The Czech Republic has been hit by droughts in recent years, with large swathes of the country particularly badly affected last summer. Now a government task force is working on plans to combat the problem – and there are even suggestions water could be protected under the Czech Constitution.

Czech Republic and the EU | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Prime Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) met with the leaders of the Visegrad 4 countries and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, in Bratislava.

Politics | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television reports that the Communist Party (KSCM), which currently lends outside support to the minority government of ANO and CSSD, has problems with the coalition's transport and foreign ministers.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

President Miloš Zeman wrote to Juan Guaidó on Wednesday, a day after the Czech Republic recognised him as the new Venezuelan caretaker president. According to Hrad.cz, Zeman congratulated Guaidó and suggested, that just as the Czech Republic was celebrating 30 years of the Velvet Revolution, he hoped that Venezuela and Guaidó would have their chance at a revolution that would lead the country towards democracy. He also invited Guaidó to visit Prague.

Prague | Radio Prague

Prague's Václav Havel international airport is set to undergo some major changes within the next few years, the daily Hospodářské noviny reported on Wednesday, citing development plans of the airport's operator, Letiště Praha.

Czech Republic and the EU | Radio Prague

A new pro-European, liberal party will soon appear on the Czech political scene. Voice is being established by Pavel Telička, a well-known one-time European commissioner and current MEP. But how much impact can the grouping realistically be expected to have?

Czech Republic and the EU | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš will be in Bratislava on Thursday for a joint Visegrad 4 meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. According to Vlada.cz, Babiš and the other V4 heads will discuss the upcoming European elections, the EU's external agenda and the Multiannual Financial Framework with Merkel.

National | The Guardian

The two-times Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has told a Czech court how she grabbed the blade of an intruder's knife and forced it away from her neck, leaving blood "everywhere", during an attack at her home in December 2016.

National | Radio Prague

The organisation Liga otevřených mužů, or League of Open Men, is currently running its seventh "Dry February" campaign. The aim is to encourage Czechs to abstain from alcohol for the entire month and – among other benefits – enjoy greater self-awareness, higher energy levels and better sex.

Prague | Radio Prague

The Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration (SŽDC) is planning a massive reconstruction of Masarykovo nádraží, Prague's oldest functioning railway station, the daily e15 reported on Tuesday. The cost of the renovation, which is likely to get underway in 2022, is estimated at two billion crowns. The renovation would enable increasing the speed of trains leaving the station.

Prague | Prague TV

City Hall plans to continue revitalizing Náplavka this year. City Councilor Jan Chabr (United Force for Prague) also wants to support more public events that would attract families with children not only during the summer months but also in the winter.

National | Brno Daily

Securing second place at the prestigious Peer to Peer – Facebook Global Digital Challenge, Masaryk University students' creation will continue countering fake news.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Lawyers for PM Andrej Babiš formally appealed against a ruling by the Černošice municipality which found that he had a conflict of interest, on Monday. The Černošice town hall had ruled against Babiš on January 23rd after a complaint from watchdog Transparency International about his conflict of interest in his role as PM and de facto owner of Agrofert.

National | Prague TV

A staffing shortage for nurses is leading to delays in health care. Some 500 nurses are currently lacking healthcare facilities in Prague. The problem is particularly acute for internal medicine and surgery.