Several hundred people demonstrated in Prague against a meeting of
anti-immigrant European parties on Saturday.
They protested outside the Prague hotel where the meeting was convened and were later scheduled to converge later in the centre of the city.
The meeting, featuring France’s Marine Le Pen and the Netherland’s Geert Wilders, was held at the invitation of the leader of the Czech Freedom and Direct Democracy Party,
Tomio Okamura. The Czech leader, whose party gained the third most seats in parliament in October’s elections, said he was a convinced European but did not want to see the continent constructed on an administrative framework out of Brussels.
Le Pen’s said the direction Europe was now heading in was against the tide of history. Wilders said he hoped the Czech Republic would continue to close its doors to what he described as mass immigration.
Police said around 300 people took part in a demonstration against the meeting on Friday.
A museum commemorating the Czech Oscar winning film ʻClosely Observed
Trains’ as well as the local railway has opened at the town of Loděnice
The film based on the book by Bohumil Hrabal was largely shot at the station by director Jiří Menzel. The museum at the station, which includes has been opened to coincide with the 120th anniversary of the rail route linking Prague, Rudná, and Beroun.
The shortage of flats in Prague has trebled in the last three years to
reach around 22,000 according to a survey carried out by the consultancy
It highlighted the fact that the number of building permits had dropped
from around 8,000 in 2000 to around a quarter of that level. The number of
completed flats will probably drop this year to around 4,000 from 6,000
Price rises for flats in Prague have been among the highest in the country and in Europe over the last year.
Czech tennis player Lucie Šafářová has reappointed Rob Steckley as her
trainer following their split in September.
Under Steckley’s guidance from April 2013 for almost three years, Šafářová reached the finals of the French Open Grand Slam event losing against Serena Williams. She also reached the finals of five Grand Slam doubles tournaments with the partnership at one stage number one in the rankings.
Šafářová said that Steckley had no other engagements at the moment and they came to a quick agreement.
The Czech Republic has renounced the idea of hosting one of group
competitions for the European women’s volleyball championships in 2019.
The idea of hosting part of the competition had been raised in September by the Czech federation.
The finals are being hosted by Slovakia. The Czech confederation now has ambitions to host part of the competition two years later in 2021.
In ice hockey, the Czech team ended a long series of defeats against Canada
with the Channel One Cup tie in Moscow on Friday night. The Czechs won 4:1,
ending a series of eight defeats in head to head confrontations.
The win means the Czechs now head the tournament with five points. The last match will be against Sweden on Sunday.
Czech-based power group EPH has announced the acquisition of two biomass
power plants in Italy.
In the latest Italian deal, EPH has agreed to buy two biomass plants from Biomasse Italia and Biomasse Crotone with the total capacity of the units coming to 73 MW. EPH said in a statement that the move is part of the group strategy to develop its renewables business across Europe. The announcement of the purchase targeting renewable energy comes just a day after EPH bolstered its position in Hungary with an agreement to jointly purchase of a 72.6 percent majority stake in Hungary’s second biggest power generation company, Matra.
Czech political parties have appointed the lawmakers who will lead an
investigation into the privatisation of the hard coal mining company OKD.
The commission of inquiry was agreed Tuesday and should deliver a full report within 10 months. The chairman of the commission still has to be named. The privatisation in 2004, when a key role was taken by the then finance minister and former Czech Social Democrat prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka, has long been a subject of controversy.
Critics say the sale price for part of the mining company grossly underestimated its overall assets, including for example the firms vast portfolio of flats and real estate around the eastern city of Ostrava.
German automobile giant BMW has started construction of a test centre for
electric and self-drive cars near Sokolov in the Karlovy Vary region,
company representatives announced on Friday.
The site, bought from a local coal mining company, was chosen after BMW surveyed around 80 potential locations around Europe.
BMW’s current test centres near its company headquarters in Munich, Germany, and in France and Sweden are already operating at near capacity, according to the manufacturer. BMW plans to roll out its first self drive car in 2021.