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Former detective charged in connection with police leaks

A former member of the country’s unit for fighting organized crime, Ludek Vokal, has been charged in connection with information leaks from the force during his time in service. The former detective is suspected of having leaked information from a number of open cases to members of the ... more >>

Czech Wikipedia to shut down on Thursday over EU copyright reform

The Czech version of Wikipedia will be inaccessible on Thursday since its editors are going on a one-day strike against the EU copyright reform. They claim the proposed new norms will restrict their right to cite sources and thus reduce the quality of the encyclopaedia. After two years of ... more >>

Brno court rejects complaint over Frljic theatre plays

The regional court in Brno has rejected a complaint by the head of the Czech Roman Catholic Church, Cardinal Dominik Duka regarding two theatre plays staged in Brno in May of last year. The plays Our Violence, Your Violence and The Curse, directed by Oliver Frljic from Croatia, included a scene... more >>

Experts warn of future lack of electric charging stations

The number of charging stations for electric vehicles is not growing fast enough to meet future demand, according to Association of Automobile Producers. The head of the association Bohdan Wojnar says that at the present pace of construction in 2025 there will be a lack of 3,000 electric ... more >>

Prague goes green for St. Patrick’s Day

Hundreds of Irish people living in the Czech Republic and Czech lovers of Ireland, the majority clad in at least some green, took part in a St. Patrick’s Day parade on the streets of Prague at the weekend. more >>

Ex-Okamura party MPs set up Unified Alternative for Patriots

Three MPs who quit Tomio Okamura’s Freedom and Direct Democracy party have set up a new grouping. Lubomír Volný, Marian Bojko and Ivana Nevludová are now members of Unified Alternative for Patriots, which was officially registered on Friday and plans to take part in May’s elections to the ... more >>

Study: Staff steal more from Czech retailers than shoplifters

A new study suggests that goods valued at up to CZK 10 billion are stolen from Czech retailers annually. The report by security agency SSI Group, which was cited in Monday’s edition of Právo, found that staff were responsible for a higher portion of damage than shoplifters. In fact, staff were to... more >>

A tenth of e-shop purchases are returned

Prague Daily Monitor Pravo reports, based on data from Shopnet, that approximately 11% of all purchases, on an average, made online in the country, are returned. The situation is exacerbated around the holidays and Christmas time, when this figure rises to 16%. read more more >>

Český Krumlov to charge tourist buses entry fee

Prague Daily Monitor Czech Television reports that the town of Český Krumlov will levy an entry fee on tourist buses that ferry thousands of people to and from the city, on a daily basis. Krumlov's medieval old-town, which is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is amongst the most ... more >>

Čaputová wins first round of Slovak Presidential elections

Prague Daily Monitor Lawyer, anti-establishment activist and the only major female candidate in the race, Zuzana Čaputová comfortably won the first round of the Slovak Presidential elections, held over the weekend. With 41% of the vote, she will face off against European Commission Vice ... more >>

ODS expels Klaus Jr. from party

Prague Daily Monitor The Civic Democrats announced on Saturday that they had expelled controversial politician Václav Klaus Jr. from the party. Citing his recent behaviour, the party said that Klaus Jr had embarrassed the party, and over a long period, had not respected the party's principles, ... more >>

Daily news summary 17.3.2019

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Brno synagogue remembered on 80th anniversary of torching

People in Brno on Sunday marked the 80th anniversary of the burning down of the Moravian capital’s Great Synagogue shortly before Adolf Hitler arrived in the city. Around 100 people laid flowers and lit candles at the spot where the synagogue had stood on the corner of the streets Spálená and ... more >>

French doc Heart of Stone takes top prize at One World festival

The film Heart of Stone has taken the Best Film prize at this year’s edition of the One World festival of human rights documentaries in Prague. The winning documentary is about an Afghan refugee in France. The Best Director award went to Denmark’s Mads Brugger, maker of Cold Case Hammarskjold. ... more >>

Czech politicians welcome pro-European candidates making Slovak presidential runoff

The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, has welcomed the fact that Zuzana Čaputová and Maroš Šefčovič have made it into the second round of Slovakia’s presidential elections. Mr. Petříček said both were guaranteed to fight against extremism and hatred. Jan Lipavský of the Czech ... more >>

Czechs driving on right exactly 80 years

Czechs began driving on the right side of the road on this day 80 years ago. The Nazis introduced the change from driving on the left on March 17, 1939, two days after their occupation of the Czech lands began. However, plans for such a switch had been in place for some time. Czechoslovakia had... more >>

Weather forecast

Monday should be partly rainy in the Czech Republic, with temperatures of up to 7 degrees Celsius. Daytime highs are expected to climb to around 14 degrees Celsius in the latter half of the week. more >>

Czech women reach Equal Pay Day for 2018

On average Czech women only reached the same amount of pay as Czech men earned in 2018 on March 17, making Sunday Equal Pay Day, according to the group Business & Professional Women ČR. Female employees in the Czech Republic earn one-fifth less than male ones and would have to work for over 14 ... more >>

Český Krumlov to impose charge on buses to curb tourist flying visits

Český Krumlov, which draws over a million tourists from around the world every year, is to impose charges on buses entering the South Bohemian town in a bid to regulate short-term visitors and raise revenues, Czech Television reported. The scheme, the first of its kind in the Czech Republic, will... more >>

Věra Bílá – the tragic singer who astonished the world with her Romani music

Věra Bílá died of a heart attack this week, days before her scheduled comeback tour. The Roma singer, who was widely regarded as a great talent and once sang to sold out audiences across the world, spent the last years of her life heavily in debt and living in a lodging house. Since her ... more >>
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