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British Embassy remembers Jan Palach with 1969 UK painting

It is not just Czechs who are currently remembering Jan Palach’s radical protest in January 1969 and the impact his sacrifice helped create. The British ambassador to the Czech Republic, Nick Archer, has had a painting by a UK artist – created right after Palach’s death – installed at his ... more >>

Daily news summary 15.1.2019

Brexit impact on Czechs, Sinapore embassy to reopen, Petr Čech to retire more >>

Policeman who seriously injured motorcyclist cleared

A police officer who caused serious injury to a motorcyclist after blocking his path with a service vehicle has again been cleared of wrongdoing. A Prague appeals court ruled to that effect on Tuesday, confirming an earlier verdict. Officer Šimon Vaic had been facing criminal charges of ... more >>

Czech martyr Jan Palach’s enduring legacy, 50 years after his self-immolation

Fifty years ago on January 16, a young Czech university student named Jan Palach doused himself in petrol and set himself alight at the top of Prague’s Wenceslas Square. Three days after staging this desperate attempt to rouse a demoralised Czechoslovakia in the face of Soviet occupation, he died... more >>

Hugely successful football goalkeeper Petr Čech to retire in May

Football goalkeeper Petr Čech has announced that he will retire at the end of the current season. Čech, who is now 36, won four Premier League titles, the Champions League and the Europa League during an 11-year spell at Chelsea, where he also set a number of individual goalkeeping records. He ... more >>

Brexit could impact 100,000 Czechs in UK, says Petříček

The UK’s departure from the European Union would affect a great many Czech citizens living in Great Britain, the Czech foreign minister, Tomáš Petříček, said on Tuesday, reported. He said Czech estimates put the figure at around 100,000. Speaking at a meeting of the Senate’s European ... more >>

Plíšková twins reach round two at Australian Open

Karolína Plíšková has reached the second round at tennis’s Australian Open in Melbourne after overcoming compatriot Karolínu Muchová 6-3 6-2 in little over an hour on Tuesday. The world number eight’s twin sister, Kristýna Plíšková, is also into round two at the first Grand Slam tournament of ... more >>

Watchdogs slam pace of Czech motorway construction, as bookies take bets on transport minister’s ousting

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš boasts that his government has achieved an unprecedented level of investment and motorway construction. Meanwhile, a survey by domestic watchdog Hlídač státu has underscored the sluggish pace of that construction over the past 15 years compared to that of comparable EU... more >>

Weather forecast

Wednesday should see some bright spells and snow in places in the Czech Republic, with temperatures reaching up to 4 degrees Celsius. Daytime highs should gradually fall to around freezing point heading into next week. more >>

Second highest level avalanche alert declared in Krkonoše

Strong winds and persistent snow are causing problems in some parts of the Czech Republic. Roads remain closed in some mountain areas and an avalanche alert just one degree short of the maximum level has been declared in the Krkonoše Mountains in the north of the country. Maintenance workers ... more >>

Czechs to reopen embassy in Singapore

The Czech Republic will reopen its embassy in Singapore, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who is currently on a diplomatic tour of Southeast Asia, said at a special Singapore-Czech Business Forum on Tuesday. The decision came after Mr. Babiš discussed the matter with Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček ... more >>

Bad weather continues to cause chaos

Prague Daily Monitor Czech Television reports that heavy snow, strong winds and freezing temperatures continue to blanket parts of the country, creating havoc for citizens. The town of Boží Dar in the Ore Mountains is basically cut off from the rest of the country, due to snow. read more more >>

Zeman refuses to award Ošťádal and Fajt professorships again

Prague Daily Monitor Charles University announced that President Miloš Zeman once again refused to name Ivan Ošťádal and Jiří Fajt as Professors. The two were originally nominated by Charles University in 2015 when Zeman first refused to appoint them. read more more >>

Demolition permit for Transgas building granted

Prague Daily Monitor The Building Department of the Prague 2 Municipality formally approved the demolition of the landmark Transgas building, located behind the National Museum on Vinohradská street. Activists are expected to begin further protests at the venue. read more more >>

Building authorities allow demolition of iconic Prague brutalist building

The brutalist-style building complex Transgas, located behind the National Museum building in Prague, can be demolished legally, district building authorities have decreed. Opponents of the decision now have 15 days in which to file an appeal. The current owner of the complex, HB Reavis, plans ... more >>

President still refuses to name university professors

President Miloš Zeman has reaffirmed his decision not to appoint Ivan Ošťádal and Jiří Fajta as professors at Prague’s Charles University, a representative of the university said on Monday. This is the latest move in a three-year dispute between the president and the university, which took Mr. ... more >>

Insurance claims at a minimum in 2018 thanks to dry climate

Natural calamities were much less frequent in 2018 compared to the previous year, according to a survey of leading insurance companies carried out by the Czech News Agency. Reported damages caused by natural events were down roughly by 50 percent compared to 2017, the survey shows. Most damage ... more >>

Babiš launches South Asia tour with Singapore visit

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš met with Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday at the start of a two-day official visit to the Asian state. Mr. Babiš said he saw Singapore as the centre of economic activity in Southeast Asia. The Czech PM hopes to ... more >>

Ministry takes advice from counter-intelligence chief on history curriculum review

Representatives of the Ministry of Education held talks on Monday with the director of the Czech counterintelligence service BIS, Michal Koudelka, on reviewing the way modern history is taught in the country’s schools. In an annual report published last month, BIS said that the current ... more >>

Proposed bill seeks to remove slander from criminal law books

A new amendment proposed by the Social Democrats seeks to remove slander from the list of criminal acts. The bill, which has also received the approval of government, will be discussed in Parliament later this month. The Social Democrats have defended the move as a way to relieve the police of ... more >>
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