Sunday, 23 February 2020
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It has been 30 years since then-Czechoslovak President Václav Havel went to Washington and New York, his most famous foreign trip. George H.W. Bush was US president at the time. This was Havel's first trip to the United States, and he was the first politician from the newly liberated Eastern bloc to address a joint session of the US Congress. His February 21, 1990, speech was met with applause 23 times.

Czech Republic and the EU | Radio Prague

Czech PM Andrej Babiš left for a key EU summit in Brussels, which is to shape the alliances' finances in the coming years, in a fighting spirit. The Czech Republic faces a 24 percent cut in funds and will vehemently oppose the EU proposal to channel the bulk of a much smaller EU budget into new priorities, such as climate and innovation.

Politics | Prague Daily Monitor

The Czech political parties are promising more efficient offices, mainly through digitalization. The proposed law for a faster and more effective state originally came from the Starostové a nezávislí party (STAN). Since then ANO and ČSSD have pledged to fulfill the goals of the Digital Česko plan. ODS and the Pirates also have digitalization as part of their platform.

National | Radio Prague

Lisa Miková, a 98-year-old Czech woman who survived internment in Terezín, Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps, has been awarded Germany's highest honour, the Order of Merit. The high honour stems from her decades-long efforts to promote reconciliation among Czechs and Germans and educate young people about the dangers of intolerance.

National | Radio Prague

The Czech Embassy in Cambodia recently joined forces with the Japanese Embassy and the French Development Agency to fund a local project in which two community kindergartens were built in the villages of Trapeing Chrab and Beung Preah.

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The current administration of Prague 1 is turning back some of the restrictions on drinking. Some businesses will not have to close their outdoor seating gardens at 10 pm, if they can ensure tranquility at the tables.

Czech Republic and the EU | Finance | Radio Prague

The change of course in EU financing being discussed at the summit in Brussels, may see future funds allotted to the Czech Republic cut by 24 percent and moreover tied to new priority areas such as climate change and innovation. How would such a shift impact the Czech Republic, which insists that its main investment priority is still road and rail infrastructure? I put the question to Ondřej Houska, a financial expert with the leading Czech daily Hospodářské noviny, who is following developments in Brussels.

Czech Republic and the EU | Finance |

As European Union leaders deliberated over their 1 trillion-euro budget Thursday, lawmakers were deeply concerned about potential conflicts of interest that could see hundreds of millions of euros in funds granted to companies linked to some of the very people deciding how the money should be spent. One high-profile case concerns Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis.

National | Romea

The day after the six-year mandate of the previous Public Defender of Rights, Anna Šabatová, came to an end, her successor Stanislav Křeček took his oath office yesterday in Prague. Because the chair of the lower house was traveling and the first vice-chair was in hospital, Křeček ended up taking the oath with the second vice-chair, Tomio Okamura of the "Freedom and Direct Democracy Party" (SPD) presiding.

Prague | Real Estate |

The planned Prague 6 shopping and office complex Bořislavka Centrum has won Best International Office Development in the International Property Awards 2019–2020. The complex by Prague-based Aulík Fišer architekti will have four buildings that resemble crystals.

National | Business | Romea

On Tuesday the outgoing Public Defender of Rights, Anna Šabatová, received dozens of bouquets of flowers as a farewell gesture from both current and former employees of her office on the final day of her term. Speaking with the Czech News Agency, Šabatová said she had done what was within her power to do while in office.

Prague |

The party at Kasárna Karlín may end early. In recent years it has been cultural center with concerts, movies, and other events but the Office for Representation of the State in Property Affairs (ÚZSVM), which manages the premises, is looking for a new tenant.

National | Brno Daily

The Constitutional Court in Brno announced its verdict on a complaint moved by President Milos Zeman and political allies three years ago. The judges decided that the law is in accordance with the Constitution of the Czech Republic.

Politics | Prague Daily Monitor

Whether PM Andrej Babis (ANO) was attacked by the Million Moments demonstrations, accused by the European Commission of a conflict of interest in wrongfully taking European subsidies after an audit was completed, or the December investigation reopening concerning a construction project, his party continues to lead by a huge margin in polls.

National | Radio Prague

Assisted reproduction clinics in the Czech Republic have an excellent reputation and a long line of clients from at home and abroad. Now they have come under fire from male fertility specialists who claim that what was meant to be a last resort has become a lucrative business.