The frontman of Prague band The Prostitutes, Adrian T. Bell this year picked up the Apollo critic’s award for best Czech LP of the year for his solo debut, Different World. The Newcastle-born singer moved to Prague in 1993 and for most of the intervening period has lived just off Jiřího z Poděbrad square in the Vinohrady district. And it is there – beneath the shade of some trees on a sweltering day – that we begin our tour of “Adrian Bell’s Prague”.
Czech police have charged two men with planting explosives on board a bus from Prague to Varna in May of this year, the spokesman for the anti-organised crime unit told the Czech News Agency on Thursday. The explosives, stored in a tube together with a canister of gas were found in a suitcase by the bus driver, who stopped the bus on a Hungarian highway because of a smell emanating from the baggage compartment. Thirty-seven people were aboard the bus when it happened. The motive is still being investigated but criminalists say it could be related to rivalry between international bus operating companies.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who is on a two-day visit to the Czech Republic, met with Czech President Miloš Zeman at Prague Castle on Thursday. The main topic on their agenda was international terrorism. The Czech head of state also acquainted Mr Stoltenberg with his proposal for a UN resolution establishing an international anti-terrorism unit. Mr Zeman plans to present his proposal at a meeting of the UN General Assembly later this month. During the meeting at Prague Castle’s Throne Hall, the UN flag was hoisted by mistake instead of the NATO one. The president’s spokesman Jiří Ovčáček said after the meeting that it was an oversight, adding that he would further investigate the matter.
The short-term solution of the current migrants crisis is up to the European Union and not up to NATO, the chairman of the lower house of parliament Jan Hamáček said on Thursday after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Mr Hamáček said they had both agreed that NATO’s responsibility lay in seeking long-term solutions, namely in reinstating stability in countries in North Africa and the Middle East. The lower house head also informed Mr Stoltenberg about his plan to increase the Czech Republic’s defence budget to 1.4 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
NATO must adapt to the changes taking place in the security environment in its neighbourhood, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference after a meeting with a Czech government delegation on Wednesday, adding that the migration crisis requires an immediate reaction of the European Union. He also said NATO should concentrate on dealing with the causes of the crisis and on stabilising situation in the countries of the migrants’ origin. Mr Stoltenberg arrived in Prague on Wednesday for a two-day visit. On Thursday he is scheduled to meet with President Miloš Zeman.
Around two dozen people have attended a ceremony in Prague commemorating Ryszard Siwiec’s self-immolation in protest at Poland’s involvement in the occupation of Czechoslovakia in August 1968. Siwiec died on September 12, 1968 after setting himself on fire at a Warsaw sports stadium. A new book about the Polish accountant’s life and protest action by Czech historian Petr Blažek was launched at Tuesday evening’s commemoration.
The city of Prague is readying its own operational programme called Prague the Growth Pole of the Czech Republic, in which some 403 million euros, the equivalent of around 11 billion crowns, will go into areas such as research and development, technological innovation, sustainable mobility, and savings in energy. The news was confirmed by the deputy mayor for transport and European funds Petr Dolínek. City Hall will open the window for first applications at the end of September and beginning of October. Prague is the only region out of 14 in the Czech Republic to have its own operational programme.
Prague is no doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but how exactly will the city develop in the future? Should the new buildings respect the historical skyline? How many cars should be allowed to park in the city centre? And should Prague be allowed to sprawl outwards or make better use of the space in the centre? These are just some of the issues addressed by the new building regulations plan, which has recently became the subject of a political battle at Prague City Hall. In fact, the plan put together by a team of experts around former
Tourists in Prague in the summer generally aren’t afraid to splurge during their holiday but a study by Prague City Tourism suggests that visitors this summer were a little thriftier than the last winter season. Aside from transportation and accommodation, tourists spent the most at restaurants, but a touch less than in the past.
Language exams for foreigners seeking permanent residency permit to become tougher
Gunman kills six patients in Ostrava hospital, two more fighting for their lives
Czech teenager builds second-largest ever Millennium Falcon LEGO model
Press: Era of 100-crown lunch special is over, as food prices rocket
Misha Glenny: Organised crime is an important part of Czech economy – and corruption is its twin sibling