Former prime minister Mirek Topolánek may enter the race for president,
the news site novinky.cz reported .According to the news site Topolánek is
seeking to gain support from the Civic Democratic Party’s ten senators,
the precise number of signatures he would need for his candidacy.
Topolánek himself has neither confirmed this possibility, nor ruled it out, saying he would decide in the next few days. The deadline for registering in the presidential race is Tuesday, November 7th. There are currently 12 candidates in the running, including the incumbent head of state Miloš Zeman.
The Prague branch of the centre-right TOP 09 party has nominated MEP Jiří
Pospíšil for party leader at the party’s election conference in
Pospíšil, who recently joined the party’s ranks, received support from 77 percent of delegates. It is hoped that Pospíšil will help revive the party in the wake of its poor showing in October’s general elections.
The party’s current leader Miroslav Kalousek has said he will accept responsibility for the party’s defeat and not run for re-election.
Pharmacists are demanding changes in the system of financing according to
which they are paid. The head of the Association of Pharmacists Lubomír
Chudoba says that the Czech Republic is one of the few remaining countries
in the EU where the income of a pharmacy depends on how expensive medicines
it sells. He points out that this in unfair to both pharmacists and
Pharmacists are demanding fixed supplementary charges for medicines, a change in financing which would reflect the services provided rather than the cost of medicines sold and set rules governing the establishment of new pharmacies.
Close to 15,000 people visited Prague Castle in the past two days to admire
newly-renovated state rooms which are normally off-limits to the public.
Prague Castle offered special tours on Friday and Saturday which took visitors to the former offices of presidents T.G.Masaryk and Edvard Beneš as well as the Coronation Hall where the president appoints ministers and receives ambassadors.
Visitors also gained admission to the dining hall used by former heads of state and could admire the authentic porcelain sets and silverware used on special occasions.
Prague’s taxi drivers are planning another protest action against the
ride-sharing service Uber.The Prague taxi drivers association is vehemently
opposed to the Uber service arguing that it is unfair competition since
Uber drivers do not have to meet any of the demands levelled on the Prague
The protest is scheduled for November 15, though no details have been released. A previous protest against Uber in Prague saw taxi drivers moving at snails pace, effectively blocking traffic along the main route to Prague’s international airport.
The Prague Transport Ministry says it is working to resolve the problem with a new draft law which would put on par a taxi metre and mobile application as well as set down certain ruled for the ride-sharing service such as having compulsory car labels.
MEP Ludek Niedermayer has confirmed his intention to join the ranks of the
centre-right TOP 09 party. Niedermayer, who currently serves as Vice-Chair
of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs in the European
Parliament, was elected to the EP on the TOP 09 ticket.
He and MEP Jiri Pospisil who recently also joined TOP 09 ranks are considered as possible candidates for party chairman. The party’s current leader Miroslav Kalousek will not run for re-election following the party’s poor showing in the elections.
A regional court has served a twenty- year-old Czech man a seven month
suspended sentence for approving the terrorist attacks in Berlin and
Ankara. He is the second Czech to be sentenced for sympathising with
The young man repeatedly expressed these views in public, saying there should have been more people killed in Berlin. Twelve people died in the terrorist attack in Berlin in which a truck rammed into passers-by. One of the victims was a Czech woman. The man also approved the murder of the Russian ambassador in Ankara. He has not appealed the verdict.
The other Czech convicted for sympathising with the terrorist cause wanted to join the IS. He was sentenced to six years in prison.
A priceless wooden church in Hradec Kralove –the Church of St.Nicolas-
dating back to the beginning of the 17th century is getting special
protection after two wooden historic buildings were ravaged by fire and
The most recent loss was the wooden church in Trinec Guty from 1563 which was burnt to the ground in August. Even its bells melted in the blaze and its wood carved interiors and precious paintings from the first half of the 16th century were irretrievably lost.
The wooden church in Hradec Kralove now has an early fire alarm system which would set off a mechanism to put out the fire within minutes if no immediate response to the alarm is registered. The church in Guty burnt down in the middle of the night in a case of suspected arson.
The nuclear power plant in Dukovany is fully operational once again, after
undergoing maintenance on its third reactor, which was out of operation for
a period of four months. It was reconnected to the power grid on Friday.
The reactor underwent a change of fuel, a maintenance check and minor repair-work. The reactor should be producing at full capacity by Monday.
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