Unibail-Rodamco, which operates Centrum Chodov, has said it will invest 4.5 billion crowns in extending and modernising the complex to house 296 shops once complete. That will make it the largest centre of its kind in the country. The sales area will increase from 61,000 to 100,000 square metres, with restaurants to occupy 10 percent of the overall area. The new centre has been slated to be launched in the autumn of 2017. The Chodov project is one of the firm´s most important investment plans in the Central European region in the long term, representatives said. Arnaud Burlin, the managing director of Unibail-Rodamco for Central Europe said the centre would provide a full-fledged alternative; the Czech Republic has nearly 200 shopping centres, according to the Czech News Agency.
President Miloš Zeman said on Thursday that his chancellor, Vratislav Mynář would have to quit his post if he fails to get the top-security clearance needed for the job. However he said he would give Mr. Mynář time to appeal the verdict if it proves negative. The president made a similar statement soon after taking office and appointing the chancellor, but it has taken two and a half years for the National Security Office to come to a decision, allegedly due to procrastination on the part of the chancellor in providing all the necessary documents. According to the daily Právo the security clearance has not been granted.
Petr Dongres, who heads the president’s security team at Prague Castle has asked to be released from his post in the wake of a breach of security last weekend in which activists, posing as chimneysweeps, managed to climb onto the roof and hung a pair of red underpants in place of the presidential standard. President Miloš Zeman had already made clear that Dongres could not remain in his post and on Thursday he indicated that more heads would roll, saying that the Prague Castle Guard was co-responsible for the breach of security.
Prague Castle is to beef up security following last Saturday’s incident in which activists, posing as chimneysweepers, managed to breach security and hung a pair of red underpants in place of the presidential seal. While the Castle insists the proposed measures have been on the cards for months, Czech president Miloš Zeman conceded that the current affair will speed up the discussions.
President Miloš Zeman says the director of the presidential security unit, Petr Dongres, should be dismissed. He made the comments days after an incident in which the art group Ztohoven replaced the presidential flag over Prague Castle with a gigantic pair of red boxer shorts in protest at Mr. Zeman’s policies and behaviour. Speaking on a visit to Ostrava on Tuesday, Mr. Zeman said other personnel changes could also be expected. Mr. Dongres is due to discuss the weekend’s incident with Police President Tomáš Tuhý on Thursday. A number of people have been charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the protest.
Foreign ministers from the Visegrad Four (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary) as well as Luxembourg and Latvia met in Prague on Monday to discuss the ongoing immigrant crisis. The meeting was expected to have a coordinating character and not expected to result in a final standpoint or declaration, according to the spokeswoman for the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Luxembourg foreign minister Jean Asselborn said later there had been an exchange of views and that Tuesday’s meeting of interior ministers was very important to find a solution. It was not an impossible goal, he said, adding that he now appreciated the problems better. The Visegrad Four have taken a stand against the European Commission proposal that countries sign up to a mandatory share out of immigrants. Prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka repeated that stand Monday. EU heads of government are meeting for an emergency summit on the immigrant crisis on Wednesday.
Pranksters from the art group known as Ztohoven made their mark at Prague Castle at the weekend when they replaced the country’s presidential flag with a giant pair of red boxer shorts. The move, the group said, was in direct protest to President Miloš Zeman. His spokesman condemned the act as dishonourable.
Security at Prague Castle is to be improved after the art group Ztohoven on Saturday replaced the presidential flag over Prague Castle with a pair of giant red boxer shorts in protest at President Miloš Zeman. The Castle authorities have been investigating how the group managed to get onto the roof, the news website iDnes.cz reported. It quoted the head of the Castle Guard as saying the Ztohoven members had taken advantage of the fact there that scaffolding was in place. Three people have been arrested in connection with the matter. The spokesman for President Zeman said personnel changes would be made in the Castle security team.
There has been a mixed reaction from politicians to the art group Ztohoven’s replacement of the presidential flag over Prague Castle with a pair of giant red boxer shorts in protest at President Miloš Zeman. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said he regarded Saturday’s move as a coarse practical joke and rejected the suggestion by the president’s spokesman, Jiří Ovčáček, that it had been fascistic. Defence Minister Martin Stropnický said the incident was not threatening and that it was far better than if shots had been fired, adding that a review of security at Prague Castle had already been underway. Agriculture Minister Marian Jurečka jokingly asked on Twitter who was missing a pair of red boxers. Petr Fiala of the opposition Civic Democrats said the protest had been tasteless and that state symbols must be respected. Another opposition figure, TOP 09’s Miroslav Kalousek, asked why Czechs were paying for security at Prague Castle if such incidents were possible; the artists could have been terrorists with a bomb, he said.
The radical art group Ztohoven has protested against the Czech head of state, Miloš Zeman, by replacing his presidential flag on the roof of Prague Castle with a gigantic pair of red boxer shorts. The activists said that the standard of a man who was embarrassed by absolutely nothing was finally flying over his residence. In a statement issued on Saturday night with a video recording of their action Ztohoven listed 10 things Mr. Zeman should be ashamed of, including being drunk at the Czech crown jewels and relations with dubious dictators. Police have charged three people with theft and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident.
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