President Miloš Zeman has called on his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping,
to continue cooperation between the Czech Republic and China.
In a letter to the Chinese head of state, published on Prague Castle’s
website on Thursday, he mentioned for instance the development of direct
air connections between the countries or the renewal of cultural
Mr Zeman said he had no sympathy for the actions of Prague communal politicians and said that the Czech government fully respected the “One China” policy.
Earlier this month, China terminated its sister city agreement with Prague and suspended all official contacts with the Czech capital, following the Prague municipal government’s decision to terminate the deal.
President Miloš Zeman checked into hospital on Thursday afternoon for what
his spokesman called a "reconditioning stay" that will last
Zeman, 75, has low blood pressure, diabetes and polyfunctional neuropathy that affects his legs, and for these reasons may appear tired in public, Prague Castle has said.
His spokesman said on Wednesday that the president is checking into the Central Military Hospital in Střešovice for routine preventive treatment because he wants to be "fit" for national holiday celebrations on October 28.
The production of passenger cars in the Czech Republic rose by 0.7 percent
year-on-year in the third quarter of 2019 to over one million units, the
Automotive Industry Association announced on Thursday.
Production in September reached 125,351 cars, which is a six percent increase on the same period last year.
The growth was pulled mainly by Škoda Auto and TPCA. Škoda Auto raised output by 2.5 percent to over 670,000 vehicles while TPCA made nearly 162,000 cars, which represents a growth of 2.7 percent.
There are around 230,830 homeless people living in the Czech Republic,
according to a census carried out in the spring by the research Institute
for Labour and Social Affairs and published on Thursday.
The majority of the homeless are men and about 2,600 people of the total number are people under the age of 18, the report says.
Most of the homeless concentrate in large cities and towns. About 3,250 of them live in the Czech capital.
More than a third of Prague car owners prefer to use public transport in
the city and only use their car for travelling outside the capital,
according to a survey carried out by the STEM / MARK agency for the
car-sharing company Anytime. They are mostly put off by parking problems
and the high costs of owning a car.
Around six percent of Prague drivers have already tried a car-sharing service, the survey suggests, and another 24 percent are considering it. There are currently several car-sharing companies operating in Prague, including Car4Way, Autonapůl and Anytime, which is one of the world’s largest providers of car-sharing.
One of the two German citizens, who were accused of spray-painting graffiti
on Charles Bridge earlier this year pleaded guilty to the charges at a
hearing in a Prague court on Thursday.
Niclas Steiger, one of the two brothers caught by police in June spraying a logo on the stone bridge support said he wasn’t aware that the wall was part of the famous 14th century monument.
The two men, aged 23 and 30, were expelled from the Czech Republic and fined 100,000 crowns. They face jail sentences of up to three years on charges of damage to property.
More than 600 Charles University students, graduates and employees have
called on its rector Tomáš Zima to step down over a controversial
partnership agreement with consumer lender Home Credit.
Under the cooperation agreement, Home Credit, which is part of the PPF Group controlled by Czech billionaire Petr Kellner, was to give Charles University half a million crowns annually. Following a wave of criticism, the company withdrew from the deal.
“The incident clearly shows that the rector of Charles University failed in negotiating the deal with Home Credit and put the university’s good name at risk,” the academics wrote in an open letter addressed to the Academic Senate, which is to hold a meeting on Friday.
The Náchod district court has ruled that Pavel Wonka, believed to be the
last Czech political prisoner to have died in prison under Communism, had
been illegally incarcerated.
His brother had filed a lawsuit to have him ‘rehabilitated’ and can now claim damages from the state over the unjustified imprisonment.
Following the verdict on Wednesday, Jiří Wonka told reporters that it was a moral victory and that he had not filed the lawsuit to get compensation.
Pavel Wonka was imprisoned in April 1988 for several weeks and died under unclear circumstances. He had initially been released due to bad health, but a judge sent him back to prison for another five months.
Wonka was posthumously awarded the Medal of Merit in 2013.
In the interests of “energy security”, the Czech Republic must build
new nuclear units even if it contravenes European Union law, Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš (ANO) said on Wednesday.
Addressing MPs on the Committee on European Affairs, he said both the country’s nuclear power plants of Dukovany and Temelín should be expanded.
Mr Babiš did not specify which EU laws might be violated in the process. Previously, such efforts were scuppered due to provisions regarding state aid.
At Dukovany, in operation since 1985, there are four blocks with a total output of 2040 megawatts. Temelín, put into operation in 2000, has only two blocks, but a total output of 2164 megawatts.