Thursday, 15 November 2018
Politics | Business | Radio Prague

The investigation into the Stork's Nest affair in which PM Andrej Babiš is suspected of EU subsidy fraud has taken a new twist. The prime minister's son Babiš Jr., who lives in Switzerland, told investigative reporters he had been forcibly detained in Crimea by his father's associates during the time of the investigation so that he would not be called as a witness. The news erupted like a bombshell on the Czech political scene with opposition parties threatening to call a vote of no-confidence in the government.

Czech Republic and the EU | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television reports that MEP Jan Zahradil who represents the ODS, has been nominated by the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) alliance in the European Parliament to be their candidate for the position of President of the European Commission.

Politics | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Lidovky.cz reports that the Chamber of Deputies voted to return a bill introduced by members of the opposition parties including the Pirates, TOP 09, STAN and ODS, which would permit Czechs abroad to vote by post.

Business | Anglo-American University

Anglo-American University in cooperation with the Institute of International Relations invites you to discuss the role of gender studies in education and research as well as the importance of an academic freedom for the functioning of democratic societies.

Finance | Radio Prague

Czechs are borrowing more than ever to buy Christmas presents for their relatives and friends, suggests a survey carried out among the country's non-banking consumer lenders. In the months preceding the festive season, loan firms are traditionally recording an increase in the number of loan applications.

Prague | Business | Radio Prague

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš's recent tweet reinvigorated the discussion about creating a special Prague district for government officials, which he believes would create synergy and save the state money on rent. The prime minister's vision is likely to run into obstacles however, as the future mayor of the capital, Zdeněk Hřib, says he is against creating mono-thematic districts.

Politics | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television reports that Andrea Pfeffer Ferklová (ANO) will be the new mayor of Karlovy Vary, the Czech Republic's most well-known spa town. She will lead a coalition that includes the Civic Democrats and a local citizen's grouping, Karlovaráci.

Prague | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

The Prague Institute of Planning and Development showcased the winning design for Dejvická's main square, Vítězné náměstí on Tuesday. The winning design was created by Czech architects Pavel Hnilička, Eva Macáková and Josef Filip, and will see the entire square reconstructed around a large pedestrian-only circle in the middle.

Business | Radio Prague

The Ministry of Interior has opened a shop in the Prague city centre – actually, more of a showcase of stolen goods and assets seized in criminal proceedings, up for auction. The aim is to raise funds more quickly to compensate victims of crimes. While the CenZA showroom on Na Perštýně Street is the first in Prague, the police have already opened one in Ostrava and expect to expand the pilot project.

Finance | Prague Daily Monitor

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told students of Paris' prestigious Science Po. institution on Monday, that the EU was in urgent need of restructuring, and his focus was on reforming the Schengen region and the European common market.

Business | Radio Prague

Despite the Czech school system maintaining a relatively strong position in international testing, the ratio of what the country's teachers earn in comparison to other university graduates is among the lowest in the OECD.

Politics | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

The battle for the Chairman's position in the Senate continues to play out, as none of the three candidates have been able to secure a consensus so far, with time running out before Wednesday's first Senate meeting.

Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Controversial lobbyist, Miroslav Pelta the former chief of the Czech Football Association, who is being investigated by the police for his role in corruption at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, was formally charged with bribing Simona Kratochvilova, a former Deputy Minister.

Politics | Prague | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Over the weekend, a number of posters and pamphlets appearing to belong to the Greens appeared on cars and streets corners all over Zizkov. The Greens were quick to react, questioning their authenticity and initiating a clean up of the streets.

Politics | Business | Brno Daily

Two weeks after the four-party coalition agreement was presented to the public, representatives of the four parties have signed the document, paving the way for Markéta Vaňková (ODS) to become mayor when the new council meets for the first time.