Wednesday, 16 January 2019
National | Business | Radio Prague

The 20th anniversary of Jan Palach's self-immolation brought many thousands onto the streets for protests that had no precedent in communist Czechoslovakia. Palach Week, as it became known, began on January 15 1989 and saw running battles between demonstrators and riot police.

National | Business | EUAC

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš made big claims last year about clamping down on corruption and safeguarding whistleblowers. Yet critics are now accusing the government of being much less willing to act than their talk would suggest.

Prague | Real Estate | Prague TV

Czech developer Central Group has acquired a brownfield site in Prague's Zličín district and plans to use it to build a new neighborhood with up to 6,000 apartments and tram service. The land was the former site of a Siemens factory. Central Group purchased the land from the firm PSN. It is the largest acquisition in Central Group's history. The price of the deal was not disclosed.

National | Real Estate | Brno Daily

Brno's official Housing Strategy lists Západní brána in Starý Lískovec among nine development sites suitable for the construction of the new residential dwellings. The area between Labská and U Penzionu, currently used as a parking lot, will become the site of the construction of new apartment buildings with 150 units.

Prague | Prague TV

The planned partial repair of the bridges in Prague's urban forest Kunratický les eventually ended with their complete reconstruction. The problems with the bridges were more extensive than originally thought, with damage to the foundations and other masonry.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

President Miloš Zeman met with Health Minister Adam Vojtěch (ANO) and a team of healthcare experts, at the Lany Chateau on Saturday. Zeman's official spokesman, Jiri Ovcacek, tweeted that Zeman discussed the digitalisation of prescriptions and health records and the creation of better hospice facilities and a law on hospice care, with Vojtech and his team.

Politics | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Former Interior Minister Milan Chovanec announced on Twitter, that he intended to quit as an MP, by the end of March. Chovanec stated, that he had informed his colleagues of his decision, at the CSSD Regional Conference in Pilsen over the weekend, after he was elected Chair of the regional chapter.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television reports that an incredible 3800 tonnes of snow were removed from the streets of Jablonec nad Nisou over the weekend. The city declared a state of emergency, earlier in the week, but the situation on the ground has improved significantly.

National | Radio Prague

As the 50 anniversary of Jan Palach's self-immolation draws near, the National Museum has released details on a project it has been preparing for over a year. The house where the Czechoslovak martyr grew up is to open as a special Palach museum in August. Next Wednesday it will be exactly 50 years since the 20-year-old student set himself alight in protest at apathy in the face of the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia.

Prague | Prague TV

One of the buildings surrounding the base of the Petřín Lookout Tower has been restored. The Chapel of the Holy Sepulcher had long been neglected. The chapel had a complete restoration under the supervision of state monument caretakers. The Chapel of the Holy Sepulcher dates to 1737 and is in part of the park surrounding Petřín Tower. That area was renovated last year.

National | Radio Prague

The president's chancellor, Vratislav Mynář, tried to influence the decisions of judges in key courts, according to weekly Respekt, which cited a number of magistrates. Mr. Mynář has released a statement denying the allegation, insisting he merely informed judges of President Miloš Zeman's opinion. However, legal experts have condemned his efforts as highly inappropriate.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček (ČSSD) met with Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jianmin on Thursday and officially expressed his displeasure at the Chinese Embassy, for breaking diplomatic protocol, by commenting on an informal meeting between Zhang and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO).

National | Brno Daily

The limitations to train transport due to the work on the security system and railway infrastructure at the main railway station will last for more than a year, and passengers will use the other Brno stations, including the Lower Station. The city is, therefore, planning to improve the facilities there.

Prague | Real Estate | Prague TV

Pavel Knor is one of the relocation consultants at the Foreigners Relocation Agency. His job is to arrange the best deals for expats coming to live in Prague and find the perfect apartment according to their needs. He offers some useful advice on how to find the perfect flat in the Czech capital.

Prague | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates) suggested that he would not support the creation of a giant government district in Letňany. Hřib announced this at a press conference after the Prague City Council met the government to discuss developments in Prague.