Work looks set to begin next week on a replacement for a Marian column
removed from Prague’s Old Town Square over a century ago, the Czech News
Agency reported. The sculptor who has designed the new column, Petr Váňa,
said archaeological research would start on Monday and installation should
take place between late April and mid September.
The original 17th century Marian column was regarded by some as a symbol of Austrian rule and was torn down by protestors in 1918, shortly after Czechoslovakia was founded. There has been heated debate over whether to replace it.
A protest against Airbnb is being held this weekend in a Prague apartment
rented via the accommodation services provider. A group called Stop Airbnb
have invited members of the general public to take part in a weekend-long
series of events aimed at highlighting the damage being caused to
communities in central Prague as it is extremely given over to tourism.
Among those attending the launch of the “happening” was the mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib. He said the city was working on legislation to make it easier to force renters to adhere to regulations regarding the provision of such services. Over 13,000 apartments in the Czech capital are being offered via Airbnb-style services.
Doctors in the Czech Republic have for the first time fitted a patient with
an artificial extracorporeal lung, Novinky.cz reported. The procedure has
only been carried out 20 times in the world, the news site said. It saved
the life of a 35-year-old patient with severe pulmonary hypertension, who
will subsequently undergo a lung transplant.
Medics at Prague’s General Teaching Hospital said that when the patient arrived in December she had been dying due to massive loss of blood from her lungs and heart failure.
There has been a marked increase in hate speech in the Czech Republic, the
Interior Ministry says in its report on extremism for the second half of
The report highlights a number of controversies that have stirred hate speech in the country, such as the planned removal of the statue of Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev from Prague 6.
The report says some neo-Nazi activists have resumed their activities, while anarchists and communists are going through a period of stagnation and have been less active.
In 2019 the police registered 170 extremist crimes, nine less than in the previous year.
The city of Česká Lípa, north of Prague, is launching an integration
project for foreigners living in the region.
The 1.8 million crown integration project, for which the city hopes to get a state grant, is to help the 2,500 foreign workers living and working in the area to learn the language and assist with their integration into Czech society.
City hall spokesperson Kristýna Kňákal Brožová says local schools who have admitted 360 foreign children, most of whom do not speak Czech, will be heavily involved in the effort.
The money will also serve to pay for translators to facilitate negotiations between the foreign community the city hall and schools. The majority of foreign workers in Česká Lípa are from Mongolia.
The Czech Republic and Germany have both offered to speak out on Israel’s
behalf at the International Criminal Court, which is currently weighing
whether to open an investigation into possible war crimes committed in Gaza
and the West Bank, the Times of Israel reported.
Both Prague and Berlin have submitted requests to become an amicus curiae — a “friend of the court” who is not a party to the case but wants to offer its views. The deadline for states to submit legal opinions expires Friday.
Both countries are expected to submit a written legal opinion positing that The Hague does not have jurisdiction to investigate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Other states, including Australia, Canada and Hungary, have taken Israel’s side in the debate over jurisdiction, but have not asked to submit written legal opinions to the court.
Inflation in January of this year reached 3.6 percent, up from 3.2 percent
in December of 2019. It is the steepest year-on year increase since 2012,
the Czech Statistics Office reported. Economic experts had predicted
stagnation at December’s 3.2 percent.
Inflation is expected to remain well above three percent in the coming months as well, the ctk news agency writes.
Rents rose on average by 4.2 percent in January, the cost of sewage and natural gas increased by 2.9 percent year-on-year, while electricity prices were up by a tenth in January.
The five Czechs who returned from Wuhan city, which is at the centre of the
coronavirus epidemic in China, and have been held in quarantine at a Prague
hospital, will be released on Monday.
All their tests have come out negative and none are showing any signs of illness, according to a spokesman for the Czech Hygiene Office.
Seventy-five people have been tested for coronavirus in the Czech Republic to date and all the tests have been negative.