Friday, 21 September 2018
Czech Republic and the EU | Politico

Two EU leaders said Thursday they would like the U.K. to hold another referendum on Brexit — despite Theresa May specifically ruling out that possibility. "We would like the almost impossible to happen … that the U.K. has another referendum," Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told BBC Radio 4's Today program.

Prague | Prague TV

The celebration of the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia will run for an entire month in Prague, starting Sept. 28 with the unveiling of the restored Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square and culminating Oct. 27–28 with the reopening of the National Museum in Wenceslas Square. The Společné století project has over 350 events focused on Czech-Slovak relations, which take place in all regions of the Czech Republic.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

The Czech Republic was ranked 26th in the latest Social Progress Index, which measures global quality of life. The index is maintained by the Social Progress Imperative and Deloitte and annually ranks countries based on the quality of life they offer their residents.

National | Brno Daily

According to the September data published by the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 800,000 people commit suicide every year; every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide. The WHO reports that suicide is the second most common cause of death among people between 15 and 29 years old.

Politics | Brno Daily

The fast-approaching elections (Oct.5-6) will decide the members of local councils in the city's 29 districts and of Brno City Council, which has 55 members. EU nationals residing in the Czech Republic with temporary or permanent residence and registered to their local electoral roll are eligible to vote in communal elections.

National | Radio Prague

Conditions in the last two weeks of September are often among the best for engaging in a favourite Czech pastime – mushroom picking. In early autumn, temperatures cool so the morning dew doesn't evaporate quickly, giving forest fungi just the right amount of dampness to thrive.

Czech Republic and the EU | Emerging Europe

Heads of governments from Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have reacted coldly to the European Commission's proposal to advance Frontex – the European Border and Coast Guard Agency – which the three Visegrad states have labelled "obsolete."

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

President Milos Zeman who is in the midst of a state visit to Germany, told Barrandov TV that the Czech Republic should support Hungary in its battle against the European Parliament, as it is in Czech interest to do so.

Finance | Politics | Prague | Prague Daily Monitor

Jan Čižinský the leader of the citizen's movement Praha sobe which is contesting the communal elections in Prague told DVTV on Thursday that there was a lot of corruption at city hall in Prague. He added that change would not be possible with the ODS and ANO, and Praha sobě would not form a coalition with them if it were given the option.

Finance | National | Prague Daily Monitor

Richard Brabec (ANO), Minister for the Environment told Pravo in an interview that the price of water would not rise, despite the drought-like situation in many parts of the country.

Czech Republic and the EU | Politico

A watchdog group has lodged a complaint with the European Commission over concerns that Czech PM Andrej Babiš may be violating EU budget conflict-of-interest rules. In an open letter, Transparency International's Czech chapter argued Wednesday that although Babiš, who built a business empire before entering politics, is no longer the formal owner of conglomerate Agrofert, he is still "the founder and 100% end-user of benefits" of the two trusts overseeing the firm.

Prague | Prague TV

An altar has been returned to the chapel in the Old Town Hall after 73 years. The altar, designed by Czech architect Josef Mocker, was severely damaged on May 8, 1945, the last day of World War II in Europe.

Prague | Prague TV

Trains on the metro C line will be overhauled so their lifespan can be extended another 15 years. The Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) is negotiating with Siemens on conditions and details for work on 53 model Metro M1 subway trains.

Prague | Prague TV

Pedestrian deaths are rising. Some 24 people have died so far this year in traffic accidents in Prague, which is seven more than in all of last year, Traffic Police head Tomáš Lerch said on the European Day Without a Road Death (EDWARD), held Sept. 19.

Politics | Prague Daily Monitor

MEP Miroslav Poche (CSSD) who is currently a Political Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Czech TV in a hard-hitting interview on Monday night, that both PM Andrej Babis and President Milos Zeman were wrong in not appointing him as Minister, after he was nominated by the CSSD for the role.