Sunday, 21 July 2019
National | Politico

A simmering feud between the Czech Republic's capital city and China risks boiling over, with Beijing warning Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib to stop undermining relations between the two countries — or else. On Wednesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a news conference in Beijing that Hřib and his city administration had taken measures that affected China's sovereignty and interests, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

Prague |

The base of the former Stalin Memorial at Prague's Letná park may be shut down due to its poor condition. The popular hangout under the Metronome has had a poor structural evaluation, and the City Council is examining its future.

National | Radio Prague

The international volunteer group Food Not Bombs has been providing free food to the homeless and hungry since 1980, and now has branches throughout the Czech Republic. In recent weeks, police and inspectors in an Ostrava district have been preventing volunteers from distributing food on orders from City Hall officials.

Politics | Romea

Czech President Miloš Zeman has distinguished himself yet again. In the greeting he gave recently to the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" (SPD) movement's program conference, he assured the members that they are not extremists, but "radicals".

Czech Republic and the EU | Business | New Europe

The European Investment Bank, the European Investment Fund and Česká Spořitelna are channelling EUR 306m of new financing into small and medium-sized businesses for an estimated 250 companies, especially those with riskier business ideas.

Prague |

This time of year it's usually the bugs that are biting and not the other way around. But this weekend at Prague Zoo's annual Day of Insectivores, visitors can munch their way through a menu of caramelized, sweetened, and salty creepy crawlies.

National | Business | Radio Prague

Prague is hosting a major traditional culture fest this week - the Prague Folklore Days. Around 50 amateur folklore ensembles from Europe, Asia and Africa show off their musical and dancing skills to the public in various parts of the city.

Czech Republic and the EU | Radio Prague

The election of Ursula von der Leyen as the new president of the European Commission has elicited both enthusiastic and sceptical reactions from Czech MEP, who were divided in the vote according to party lines. Those in favour of her election highlight her understanding of Central and Eastern Europe, those against point to her weak mandate.

National |

Most Czechs don't travel very far for vacations, and that is typical for people in the European Union. Some 80 percent of Czechs travel domestically, according to Eurostat.

Prague |

Prague's Petřín Tower will become colorful more often. It is getting improved computer controls for its banks of LEDs, which will make it easier to implement a special color pattern.

Czech Republic and the EU | Business | ESMA

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU's securities markets' regulator, has today issued a positive opinion on product intervention measures taken by the National Competent Authority (NCA) of the Czech Republic.

Prague |

Two people identified only as foreigners sprayed graffiti on a support pillar of Charles Bridge, one of the Prague's top tourist attractions and a cultural monument. A local resident saw the vandals in action and called the police, who arrived while they were still on the scene. They face up to 3 years in prison.

Prague |

Passengers departing from Václav Havel Airport Prague to Schengen zone countries now have the option for faster security checks, regardless of the type of ticket they have. For an additional fee outgoing passengers can use the Security FastTrack service, which entitles

National | Transitions Online/Aktualne

The Czech Republic is experimenting with neighborhood centers where those in recovery after a major psychiatric episode can start rebuilding their lives.

Prague | Business |

A 20-minute ride that should have cost a Prague tourist around 400 crowns on July 10 ended up being significantly more expensive when the final tally for the ride last week ran north of 7,500.