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.

Prague | Real Estate | Prague TV

A plan has been approved for completely rebuilding Prague's largest square, Karlovo náměstí. The total revitalization of the park is estimated at about CZK 230 million and should be completed in 2025. The winning team proposes to divide the work into three phases. This will range from minor adjustments that can be implemented quickly to major changes that are long-term goals. To save the dying trees, some modifications will be made greenery next year.

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.

National | Prague TV

Another chapter in scandal-plagued Opencard legacy has drawn to a close. The Prague High Court overturned the verdicts against former Prague mayor Tomáš Hudeček (formerly TOP 09) and three others in a case related to the contracts for Opencard.

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.

Prague | Prague TV

The three political groups that will make up the new municipal government have signed a coalition agreement and program statement, and are set to take power at the first meeting of the new Municipal Assembly on Nov. 15. The Pirates, Praha sobě and the United Force for Prague will form a new City Council, and ODS with ANO will go into opposition.

Prague | Prague TV

Drivers on the Prague's outer ring road in the section from Jesenice to Vestec just south of Prague will face a more thorough speed check than before. New cameras will measure speed and evaluate the transit time.

Prague | Prague TV

Several of Prague's ponds and lakes are undergoing extensive restoration. The condition of the city's 120 ponds and lakes is not as bad as some of the city's other infrastructure, but they have long been neglected.

National | Brno Daily

The number of guests at accommodation facilities in the South Moravian Region increased by 6% compared to the third quarter of 2017, according to the latest data from the Czech Statistical Office.

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.

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.

National | France 24/AFP

Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said on Saturday he had proposed restoring writer Milan Kundera's Czech nationality, stripped from him by the country's former communist regime nearly four decades ago. Kundera, whose novel "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" was turned into a 1987 film starring Daniel Day-Lewis, became a naturalised French citizen after emigrating when he was prevented from publishing in his native country.