Two Dutch citizens who beat up a waiter in Prague last year were sentenced
to five and six years in prison and a ten-year expulsion from the Czech
Republic. The Prague Municipal Court found the two brothers guilty of
grievous bodily harm and disorderly conduct.
The men, who were also ordered to pay compensation of 1.8 million crowns to the victim, can appeal the verdict.
The attack in the centre of Prague last April was sparked after the waiter told the Dutch tourists they were not allowed to bring in alcohol to consume on the premises.
The Czech government wants to impose a seven-percent tax on large digital
companies, such as Facebook and Google. Under the plan, agreed by the
cabinet on Tuesday, the multinational companies would have to pay taxes in
the place they make earnings.
The cabinet is hoping the move could lead to increased revenues of around five billion crowns a year. The Ministry of Finance is due to draft a digital tax bill by the end of May.
The growth in apartment prices in the Czech Republic is expected to come to
a halt this year, according to a survey carried out by the Association of
Real Estate Market Development, released on Tuesday.
Last year, prices of apartments across the country increased on average from six to ten percent. The highest growth rate was recorded in Prague. In the first quarter of 2019, the price of new flats increased by nearly a fifth year-on-year to 104,666 crowns per square metre. Since the mid-2015, prices of Prague apartments grew by nearly 90 percent.
The Czech Republic and Slovakia are considering finding a common deep nuclear waste storage site, Slovak Prime Minister Petr Pellegrini said on Tuesday. Speaking at the European Nuclear Energy Forum in Prague, Mr. Pellegrini told reporters it would be ineffective for the countries to invest billions of crowns into two separate sites. The search for a location for the deep geological nuclear waste repository in the Czech Republic has been going on for several years. There are currently nine localities which are being considered for the purpose. The nuclear storage site should be built by 2065.
The Spanish Synagogue in Prague is set to close the public at the end of
May due to renovations, the Jewish Museum informed on Thursday. The
monument, built in the late 1860s in the Moorish style, is expected to
re-open at the end of next year. The aim of the renovation works is to
modernize the exhibitions and improve the visitor facilities.
The Spanish Synagogue is one of the most visited historic sights in Prague. Last year it attracted over 460,000 people. It currently houses an exposition on the history of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia in the 19th – 20th century and also serves as a concert venue.
A group of senators from the Liberal Democratic Caucus – Senator 21 have
completed a constitutional complaint against President Miloš Zeman for
alleged gross violations of the Constitution.
“The aim of the complaint is not to remove the current president from his post but to determine the boundaries of the execution of his mandate,” Senator 21 club’s head, Václav Láska, told the Czech News Agency.
To lodge a complaint to the Constitutional Court, its initiators would need to secure the backing of at least another 21 Senators and 120 deputies of the Lower Chamber of the Parliament.
The former Czech football international Tomáš Řepka has been sentenced
to two years in prison. The Court of Appeal in Prague on Tuesday increased
his previous 15-month sentence, finding Řepka guilty of advertising sexual
services on the internet in the name of his ex-wife Vlaďka Erbová and of
selling a luxury car that he didn’t own.
Řepka earned 45 caps for the Czech Republic and played for a number of clubs, including Italy’s Fiorentina and the English Premier League side West Ham United.
President Miloš Zeman appointed three new ministers on Tuesday afternoon.
Karel Havlíček became minister of industry and trade, Vladimír Kremlík
took the transport portfolio and Marie Benešová took over at the Ministry
of Justice. All three are the nominees of ANO, the dominant partner in a
coalition government with the Social Democrats.
Mr. Havlíček also became a deputy prime minister, as did the minister of finance, Alena Schillerová.
Thousands of people protested in central Prague on Monday night in support
of an independent judiciary and against the planned appointment of Marie
Benešová as minister of justice. Organisers Milion chvilek pro demokracii
said around 15,000 people had taken part in the demonstration entitled
We’re Not Blind.
It was called after Benešová was announced as the new minister of justice just days after police recommended that Prime Minister Andrej Babiš stand trial in a fraud case. She has served as an advisor to President Miloš Zeman, who critics accuse of working in tandem with Mr. Babiš.