Viktoria Plzeň’s hopes of retaining Czech soccer’s league title have
receded further. The reigning champions were beaten 2:1 by Teplice on
Friday evening, meaning they will be a full nine points behind league
leaders Slavia Prague if the latter can beat Příbram on Sunday. There are
five more rounds after this weekend.
Meanwhile, Slavia are looking forward to playing Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Europa League following Friday’s draw. They overcame five-time winners Sevilla on Thursday in a sensational seven-goal match in Prague.
The authorities in Prague are trying to curb pub crawls that agencies run
for tourists in the city, Aktuálně.cz reported. The move is intended to
help reduce noise levels in the historic centre, the news site said.
The Prague 1 Town Hall has achieved its first success in this drive by persuading the operators of the large music club Karlovy lázně, which is right by Charles Bridge, to cease working with agencies that organise pub crawls for large groups, district deputy mayor Petr Hejma said.
Mr. Hejma said he hoped other bars and clubs in the downtown area would also get behind the initiative.
A new study by the Prague Institute of Planning and Development suggests
the Czech capital could face a sizable housing crisis in the future.
According to the report, which was quoted by news site iDnes.cz, the
city’s population will grow by 160,000 by 2030. To satisfy projected
housing demand, 8,000 new apartments would need to be built annually, a
representative of the institute said.
However, last year fewer than 5,300 flats were completed and developers say a log-jam relating to zoning and planning permits means the number will only decline further in the next few years.
Three MPs have quit Tomio Okamura’s Freedom and Direct Democracy Party.
Lubomír Volný, Marian Bojko and Ivana Nevludová were all elected in the
Moravian Silesian Region. Mr. Volný said the move was in protest at the
fact that the party had allowed racists and neo-Nazis to enter its ranks.
He has rejected a call from Freedom and Direct Democracy to also resign
from his seat in the Chamber of Deputies.
Mr. Volný is a controversial figure who in the past called Václav Havel a traitor, criticised the Erasmus scheme for students and offered to “take outside” a dispute with another MP during a lower house session. Soon after he announced that he would challenge Mr. Okamura for the party chairmanships his local branch was dissolved.
Following the British Parliament's decision to ask the European Union
to prolong the Brexit negotiations, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said
that he would support such an extension after a meeting with Rumanian Prime
Minister Viorica Dăncilă.
Mr. Babiš has previously publicly said that he hopes Britain will hold a second referendum, saying that it would be the best outcome for Czech interests. He said the second best option would be if the deal Theresa May has already negotiated with the EU were passed.
While the British Parliament voted to seek an extension to the Brexit deadline which would otherwise run-out on March 29th, it needs the European Union to agree. That means getting approval from the other 27 member states.
High school students across the Czech Republic joined the global student
strike on Friday aiming to raise awareness of the need to fight climate
In Prague, students gathered on Malostranské náměstí and marched to the Office of the Government. Students in Ostrava, Olomouc, Liberec and other Czech towns and cities also took part in the protest.
The students have received support from over 100 Czech scientists and academics and from the environmental groups Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.
Czech energy giant ČEZ has begun the construction of a pipeline running
from the Temelín nuclear power plant to the South Bohemian city of České
Budějovice. The CZK 1.4 billion project is expected to cover 30 percent of
the city’s heating needs once it is finished in 2021. The Czech
engineering and construction company Tenza has been put in charge of the
project, which aims to build two 26km long underground pipelines connecting
the power plant with the city.
It is hoped that thanks to the pipeline the local heating plant will be able to decrease the amount of coal it burns annually by 80,000 tons, lowering the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.
The January figures for industrial production and the construction sector
show a year-on-year decline, analysts from the Czech Statistics Office
announced on Friday.
A 6.9 percent decrease in car manufacturing is seen as primarily
responsible for the 1 percent decline in overall industrial production.
Construction went down by 13.2 percent in comparison to figures in January 2018. The Czech News Agency reports this difference was due to more favourable weather conditions in the previous year, when an exceptionally warm January allowed construction firms to proceed with building projects unhindered.
Meanwhile, energy companies and pharmaceutical firms experienced an increase in production. Statisticians also reported an overall 1.9 percent increase in the number of orders issued to Czech companies.