A group of 26 art historians opposed to installing a replica of the Marian
Column in Prague's Old Town Square have written to the mayor to make
They argue that the 17th century Baroque monument, demolished in 1918, was an expression of Habsburg anti-Reformation propaganda, and therefore cannot contribute to reconciliation between the Churches.
In their letter to Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates), published on the Institute of Art History website, they further argue there is insufficient evidence to restore the Marian Column to its historical form.
The Prague City Council has twice voted against installing a replica.
After 16 years, the Czech Republic could have a new addition to the UNESCO
World Heritage List.
A national delegation is heading to Baku, Azerbaijan on Monday to lobby for including the mining region of Krušnohoří, a uniquely preserved landscape formed by centuries of ore mining, in the listing.
The Czech Republic and the German state of Saxony submitted a joint nomination for Ore Mountain mining monuments. They include five places on the Czech side and 17 on the German side of the shared border.
The organizers of the Beats for Love dance music festival say they expect
over 40,000 visitors this year. The event starts on Wednesday in Dolní
Vítkovice, outside of Ostrava on.
This year the festival will feature over 400 artists from around the world, performing on 13 stages. Among the acts are German DJ and producer Robin Schulz and the Dutch duo Chocolate Puma.
The foreign minister of the Palestinian Authority is due to pay a working
visit to the Czech Republic next Monday. Riyad Al-Maliki will be received
in particular by his Czech counterpart, Tomáš Petříček.
The foreign ministers are expected to discuss the Czech Republic’s humanitarian and development assistance to the Palestinian Authority, opportunities for bilateral trade and the Middle East peace process in general. While in Prague, Riyad Al-Maliki is also scheduled to meet the ambassadors of the Arab League countries.
Last year Palestine withdrew its ambassador from Prague after Czech politicians expressed support for the opening of a US embassy in Jerusalem. Moving the Czech embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, supported by Czech president Miloš Zeman, would be considered a violation of international law, Palestine says.
The Czech National Bank (ČNB) has warned a large amount of counterfeit 500
crown and 1,000 crown banknotes have appeared in several Moravian cities,
including Brno, Ostrava and Olomouc.
The central bank said the counterfeits are of poor quality, having been printed using inkjet technology, and the colours are off. In addition, the fake bills lack basic security features such as watermarks.
In previous years, the bill most often copied was the 2,000 crown note.
Of the 58 people who died in accidents on Czech roads in June, 17 were
motorcyclists, according to traffic police.
In total, there were 11 more traffic fatalities for the month than a year ago. The number of victims since January stands at 235.
Traffic police say heat waves could have been a contributing factor, as they can reduce drivers’ vigilance.
The Czech leading purchasing managers’ index or PMI fell to a near
10-year low in June due to a faster-than-expected decrease in production
and a fall in new business, Markit said on Monday.
Czech PMI, at 45.9 points in June, has now contracted for six months in a row. As in previous months, the development was fairly consistent with relevant PMIs from abroad, mainly Germany.
The rate of contraction quickened to the fastest since December 2012. The decline was linked to weaker foreign and domestic client demand, Markit said.
Nearly every other Czech spends their summer holidays in this country while
more than a third prefer to head to the sea, according to a June survey by
NMS Market Research.
Top domestic destinations include weekend cottages, historic castles and chateaux, and the mountains. Fewer take city trips.
Just over half of Czechs polled say they want to simply relax on holiday, while 11 percent prefer taking part in leisure time activities.
The Czech Republic's government debt rose by CZK 4.7 billion year on
year in the first quarter of 2019. The debt now stands at CZK 1.837
trillion, according to Czech Statistical Office data.
Compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, debt increased by CZK 101.9 billion, and the debt ratio increased by 1.43 percentage points. The debt ratio is now 33.99 percent of GDP, down 1.8 percentage points in annual terms.
The Czech Republic has among the lowest debt to GDP ratio in the European Union. Only Estonia, Luxembourg and Bulgaria surpass it.