Saturday, 20 October 2018
Politics | Prague Daily Monitor

Hospodářské noviny reports that the ruling coalition comprised of ANO and the Social Democrats will now be more dependent on the Communists in the lower house to pass critical legislation. This is due to the fact that the Senate will now be under the control of the opposition, after both the ruling parties failed poorly in the weekend's elections. It is expected that the Senate will return key legislation to the Chamber, especially on issues that concern labour and expansion of government.

Prague | Prague TV

Police are cracking down on drug dealers in the city center. A large-scale planned raid took place Oct. 12 at 10 pm with 140 officers from the Prague division of the Alien Police, five customs officers and two trained dogs. They were divided into three groups that covered Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square and Můstek.

Politics | Prague Daily Monitor

In a no-holds-barred interview with Czech Radio's Radiožurnál program, President Miloš Zeman warned his former party, the Social Democrats about an impending split after the debacle of the communal and Senate elections, as voices rose against current leader Jan Hamáček. He also added that the Senate was an unnecessary institution in the Czech Republic because voters had little confidence in its abilities and it deserved to be scrapped.

National | Prague TV

Czech road deaths have increased compared to last year. In the first nine months of 2018 some 410 people have died, which is 43 more year on year. Some 1,857 people were badly injured and 19,338 were slightly injured. These were also slight increases.

Prague | Prague Morning

The square in front of the Intercontinental Hotel in Prague has now been named the Miloš Forman Square. The Oscar-winning director, Miloš Forman, died on April 13th this year at the age of 86. The director's family responded positively to the naming of the site.

Politics | Brno Daily

Attorney and career politician Markéta Vaňková has become the second woman to hold the highest political position in the city, after constitutional judge Dagmar Lastovecká (ODS).

Prague | Life | Prague TV

Most of Prague's farmers markets will operate into the late fall and winter, except the ones at Tylovo náměstí and Anděl.

National | Business | The Straits Times

The carp hauls take place once a year in the autumn period, primarily in the region of southern Bohemian ponds and fishermen use traditional old methods of catching the local fishes, mostly carps. Carps are kept alive until they can be sold 3 to 4 days before Christmas on Dec 24.

Politics | Business | Radio Prague

The Civic Democrats and the Mayors and Independents gained 10 and seven seats, respectively, in elections to one-third of seats in the Senate that concluded at the weekend. In stark contrast, governing parties ANO and the Social Democrats won only one mandate apiece. Though ANO's poor showing has vexed leader Andrej Babiš, the outcome was not unexpected, says political scientist Petr Just.

Czech Republic and the EU | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Prime Minister Andrej Babis visited the European border security organisation Frontex's office in Warsaw on Monday. While appreciating the work done by Frontex in securing the EU's external borders, Babis along with his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki, added that he saw no reason to expand Frontex as the European Commission suggests from the current 1500 to 10000 people.

Politics | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Former acting head of the ČSSD and former Interior Minister Milan Chovanec, published a letter to the Social Democratic party on social media, suggesting that going into a minority government was a mistake and that it was better off sitting in the opposition.

Politics | Prague Daily Monitor

The Civic Democrats won the Senate elections with 9 seats, after results were declared in the second round run-offs on Saturday evening. ODS senators won several runoffs against candidates from PM Andrej Babis's ANO movement, despite being behind them in the first round results. The Social Democrats who were defending 13 seats only managed to save one of those, and lost 12, supplementing their wipeout in the communal elections last week. A record number of independent/unaffiliated candidates also made into the Senate this year.

National | Radio Prague

For several weeks now, a brown bear has been roaming the mountain region of Valašsko located in the easternmost part of Moravia, near the Slovak border, approaching villages and attacking sheep at remote farms. Environmentalists are now trying to trace the animal and chase it away from people's dwellings.

Politics | Radio Prague

Whereas in 1990 there were eight Roma MPs in the Czechoslovak Parliament, today there are none and candidates who belong to the minority have not had much success in the recent communal elections either.

Prague | Prague TV

Temporary bridges are being considered as a solution to Prague's Libeňský most, which is in very poor condition and needs to be repaired or replaced. A study by the Technical Roadway Administration favors two option: a single-lane tram bridge and a road bridge, both running parallel to the existing bridge, or just a parallel road bridge.