Concrete barriers have gone up in parts of the Czech capital to boost
security at sites holding Easter markets. Barriers preventing entry by
trucks or vans, which could potentially be used in terrorist attacks, went
up at the start of Opletalova Street.
Barriers have already been up long-term on Prague’s Old Town Square.
The winter of 2017/2018 is one of the warmest in the Czech lands since the
end of the 18th century, the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute has said.
According to the institute, the average temperature of 3.1 degrees Celsius
tabulated for the winter months was three degrees higher than the long-term
average of 0 degrees Celsius.
Data has been calculated at Prague’s Klementinum since 1775. The warmest of winters ever recroded was in 2006/2007, when the average temperature was 5.8 degrees Celsius.
The ongoing reconstruction of the D1 highway will take a year longer than
originally expected to complete, Transport Minister Dan Ťok has said,
confirming that the 2020 deadline would not be met due to delays in some
The beginning of some projects would be delayed by half a year to up to one year, the minister said. Some construction permits were challenged by the environmental organization Friends of the Earth.
The D1, connecting Prague and Brno, is one of the main highways in the country. By completion, its renovation is expected to cost 19 billion crowns.
President Miloš Zeman has said he was deeply offended by an institute
founded by his predecessor Václav Klaus, when it issued criticism of the
head of state for parts of his recent inaugural address. He made the
statement on Thursday on TV Barrandov, where the president appears with
The Václav Klaus Institute had criticized the inaugural address as an
inappropriate vehicle for what it called his vengeful settling of accounts
with his opponents; during the speech the president criticized businessman
Zdeněk Bakala and journalists who work for the Economia group as well as
The institute is not alone in criticizing the president for his speech: some lawmakers walked out even before it was over and students and other citizens have taken part in demonstrations around the country taking issue with Mr Zeman’s singling out of journalists and public broadcaster Czech TV.
The Czech Catholic Church and Forum for Czech Tourism have signed a
memorandum aimed at boosting church and monastery tourism in the country.
The two sides have pledged to cooperate in boosting such tourism both for Czech and foreign visitors. The cooperation should cover joint promotions and partnership on special projects.
Temporary stays at monasteries are already offered for those not seeking a long term religious sanctuary.
The last Czech football team in European competitions, Viktoria Plzeň, has
been eliminated from the Europa League and hopes of getting through to the
Plzeň clawed back a two goal deficit from the away leg against Sporting Lisbon at home on Thursday night thanks to two gaols from Marek Bakoš. But Sporting Lisbon found the net in extra time to dash the West Bohemian club’s hopes.
Lisbon had earlier hit the post and missed a penalty in regular time.
Tens of thousands of high school students across the Czech Republic took
part in meetings at midday on Thursday to call for the country’s leaders
and institutions to respect the country’s constitution and democratic
The meetings have been called in the aftermath of newly elected president Miloš Zeman’s inauguration address attack on public service broadcaster Czech Television and journalists working for one media group.
Concern has also been stoked by decisions taken by the current government although it hasn’t won a confidence vote and the presence in parliament of the anti-immigrant and anti-EU Party for Direct Democracy.
After around half hour meetings, high school students signed a petition called for constitutional values and norms to be respected.
The European Court of Justice has condemned the Czech Republic for
restricting access to the notary profession to just Czechs.
In a ruling Thursday, the court said such nationality limits were discriminatory and broke basic EU rules on free movement and citizens’ rights. The profession could only be limited to citizens if issues of security were at stake and this was clearly not the case.
The European Commission launched court proceedings against the county in 2016 after foot dragging by Prague to bring its rules into line with other member states.
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