The number of construction projects launched in the Czech Republic in the
first half of 2019 was the highest for the period since 2008. Work began on
almost 6,000 new apartments between the start of January and the end of
June this year, according to official figures released on Tuesday. Work
began on 2.3 percent more family houses in the first half of this year than
in the same period in 2018.
In Prague construction began on almost 2,000 new apartments, 75 percent more than in the first six months of last year. One-third of new construction projects of that kind are in the capital.
However, a representative of developers Central Group said around 10,000 new flats a year could easily be sold in Prague.
The legendary Czech striker Josef Kadraba has died at the age of 85, the
football club Slavia Prague reported on Twitter on Monday.
Kadraba played for Slavia in the years 1965-1967 helping the club return to the first league.
He played 17 matches for the Czechoslovak national team, scoring 9 goals altogether.
In the 1962 FIFA World Cup he scored a decisive goal against Yugoslavia, helping the Czechoslovak team win the silver medal.
The Russian embassy in Prague has criticized the reaction of the Czech
Foreign Ministry to the weekend police crack-down against demonstrators in
On its Facebook page, the embassy called on Czech officials to refrain from adopting a "selective and biased" stand to human rights issues, noting that Prague showed no such concern with regard to crack-downs on demonstrations in the US, Great Britain or France.
The Czech Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that it was concerned by the mass arrests of peaceful protesters in Moscow and urged the Russian authorities to respect fundamental human rights.
Riot police in the Russian capital arrested some 600 people on Saturday in an attempt to suppress a protest rally that had been banned by authorities. It was the latest in a series of protests, triggered by a refusal to let opposition candidates stand in Russia’s parliamentary elections.
The police force and the army are the most trusted institutions in the
Czech Republic, according to a poll conducted by the STEM agency.
The police force enjoys the trust of 72 percent of Czechs, the highest trust-rate in 22years, while the army has a 75 percent trust rating.
Trust in the police force has steadily grown since the fall of communism when it underwent reform and started projecting a new image.
In 1997 the police had a 25 percent trust rating, last year it was 65 percent. Trust in NATO has also seen a rise and is now at 60 percent.
The state-owned provider Czech Railways will have to pay a hefty fine for
allegedly abusing its dominant position on the market in freight transport
in the years between 2005 and 2014.
According to the Czech anti-monopoly office by its behaviour, the company violated both Czech and European competition laws.
However following an appeal, it reduced the original fine from 368 million crowns to 274 million crowns for the transgression.
The decision is now legally binding and Czech Railways has no further means of appeal.
The Moravian metropolis is hosting the 28th International Guitar Festival
Brno featuring flamenco, jazz as well as classical music.
The week-long festival offers visitors seven concerts as well as masterclasses by leading guitarists and a competition for talented musicians.
The main competition prize is a guitar by Masaki Sakurai.
Among this years’ participants are David Carmon, Ana Latorre, Maria Linnemann, Sieggfried Steingolder, Paul Galbraith, Nikita Koshkin and Marco Battaglia.
Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib and the man responsible for the unauthorized
clean-up of the graffiti on Charles Bridge Miloslav Černý will be
presenting a variety of new graffiti clean-up techniques to the public on
Originally the work of two German tourists was to have been removed by experts in restoration of historic monuments which was to have lasted close to three weeks.
Černý, who makes a living cleaning-up graffiti from Prague buildings secretly cleaned it up overnight with steam and hot water, saying later that the longer it stayed the deeper it could penetrate into the stones. He received thank you mails from hundreds of Czechs.
The mayor said the authorities would have to learn to move faster, so as to prevent the need for guerrilla actions on the part of the public. However he is paying Černý for his work.
The leader of the junior coalition party in government, Jan Hamáček of
the Social Democrats has written an open letter to Prime Minister Andrej
Babiš of ANO regarding the proposed draft budget for 2020 over which the
two parties are at odds.
Mr. Hamáček wrote that the draft proposal was "unrealistic" and his party’s ministries alone would fall short of 20 billion crowns, meaning that the government would not be able to fulfil its policy program and promises to voters.
While the Social Democrats are not in favour of exceeding the proposed 40 billion crown budget deficit they would like to see the government increase the state revenues – through steps such as a bank tax.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš earlier ridiculed the demand, saying the Social Democrats have spending in their genes.
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