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Brno Observatory and Planetarium ranked among Europe’s best

The magazine GEO has ranked Brno’s Observatory and Planetarium among the 10 best institutions of its kind in Europe. The facility’s new building was opened to the public in autumn 2011 following extensive renovations. more >>
 

Monday marks 80th anniversary of death of Jan Opletal, symbol of Czech resistance to Nazis

November 11 is the 80th anniversary of the death of Jan Opletal, a Prague student who had been gunned down at an anti-Nazi demonstration in the city a fortnight earlier. Opletal became a symbol of Czech resistance to the German occupation and a march held in his honour helped spark the ... more >>
 

Daily news summary 11.11.2019

Million Moments’ ultimatum, Czechs 4th in alcohol consumption, Veterans’ Day more >>
 

‘Million Moments’ issues ultimatum to PM Babiš ahead of Nov. 16 protest

The group A Million Moments for Democracy plans to deliver an ultimatum to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) in a mass protest march on Saturday: resolve his conflicts of interest and dismiss the justice minister – or resign. Group leader Mikuláš Minář told at a press conference on ... more >>
 

Saviour of Jewish refugees Marie Schmolka finally honoured in Prague

Though little-known today, Marie Schmolka was for several years one of Prague’s key organisers helping Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis, while she also helped arrange transports of children to the UK that saved hundreds of lives. On Monday Schmolka is receiving, in memoriam, honorary citizenship... more >>
 

Magdaléna Platzová: I was fainting with fear on Národní

Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution was sparked by a student demonstration on November 17, 1989 that was brutally quelled by riot police. Among those on the front line of those clashes was writer Magdaléna Platzová. The daughter of dissident Eda Kriseová, at 17 years old she had already taken part... more >>
 

Places of the Velvet Revolution 1: Národní

As the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution draws near, we take you to places that played a significant role in the events leading to the collapse of the Communist regime 30 years ago. In the first episode of our mini-series, we visit Národní třída, the scene of a brutal police crackdown on an ... more >>
 

Czechia ranked fourth among OECD countries in pure alcohol consumption

The Czech Republic has the fourth-highest level of pure alcohol consumption in the OECD, at 11.6 litres per person annually, according to official 2017 sales data in the 36 member states. Overall alcohol consumption averaged 8.9 litres per person across OECD countries in 2017, roughly the ... more >>
 

Ex-PM’s wife, top lobbyist, acquitted of abusing BIS classified info

Former PM Petr Nečas’s wife has been acquitted along with two other suspects in a case relating to the leak of classified BIS counter-intelligence agency information in 2013 that helped topple the Nečas government. The Prague court’s verdict is not final and the prosecution has already filed an... more >>
 

NKÚ audit: Trade Ministry improperly used EU funds to pay for social events

The Ministry of Industry and Trade improperly used some 1.2 million crowns of EU funds to pay for employee social events characterised as “educational seminars”, according to a Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) audit. The EU funds came from the Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovation for ... more >>
 

Weather outlook

Tuesday should be cold and cloudy, with occasional rain and sleet likely throughout most of the country. Daytime highs should range from 5 to 7 degrees Celsius. more >>
 

Temelín nuclear power plant Unit 1 disconnected due to ‘vibrating’ turbine

Czech utility ČEZ’s Temelín nuclear power plant has disconnected a unit from the grid due to turbine vibrations, very likely caused by a drop in outdoor temperatures. The unit (no.1) was running at 30 percent power on Monday morning. ČEZ said checks would take place today and again after the ... more >>
 

Press: Czech billionaire’s consumer lender Home Credit delaying Hong Kong IPO

Home Credit, the consumer lender backed by Czech billionaire Petr Kellner’s PPF group, is likely to delaying its $1.5 billion Hong Kong initial public offering to next year, Bloomberg reports. Home Credit was targeting a market capitalization of as much as $11 billion, but some investors it ... more >>
 

Czech Republic celebrates Veterans’ Day

The Czech Army is commemorating Veterans’ Day on Monday with ceremonies throughout the country honouring those who have served in uniform, with some making the ultimate sacrifice. The main event, which includes a wreath-laying ceremony, is to be held at the National Memorial on Vítkov Hill in ... more >>
 

Czech anti-monopoly office confirms CZK 8.3 mn fine on Booking.com

The Office for the Protection of Competition (ÚOHS) has confirmed a fine of 8.34 million crowns against Booking.com over its contracts with hotels and other accommodation providers. The ÚOHS said that by obliging hotels to offer more favourable rates to people using Booking.com than they could ... more >>
 

Pilsen court begins fraud proceedings against doctors, insurance agents

The Pilsen regional court has begun proceedings in a large-scale insurance fraud case involving two doctors and seven insurance agents from northern Bohemia. According to the case file, the doctors submitted false medical reports and in collaboration with the insurance agents collected tens of ... more >>
 

Pepper de Callier: Things to Think About

Prague Leadership Institute "It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought." A giant of 20th century economic theory and an advisor to U.S presidents, John Kenneth Galbraith was also known for his acerbic and insightful wit, ... more >>
 

Thirty years since Teplice environmental protests that just preceded November 17

Monday is the 30th anniversary of the start of protests in Teplice, North Bohema that took place just days before the Prague demonstration that sparked the Velvet Revolution. People chanted “We want to live!” in response to appalling pollution that frequently left the industrial city covered by a... more >>
 

Thirty years since Teplice environmental protest that just preceded November 17

Monday is the 30th anniversary of the start of protests in Teplice, North Bohema that took place just days before the Prague demonstration that sparked the Velvet Revolution. People chanted “We want to live!” in response to appalling pollution that frequently left the industrial city covered by a... more >>
 

Czech footballers gather in Prague ahead of final Euro qualifiers

The Czech national football squad are gathering in Prague on Monday ahead of their final two qualifying games to reach the 2020 European Championship. Trainer Jaroslav Šilhavý’s charges will face Kosovo at home on Thursday before taking on Bulgaria away three days later. The Czechs, who are ... more >>
 
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