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19-08-2017

Prague's Petřín Tower lit up in Spain's national colours

Prague's Petřín Tower was lit up in the colours of Spain's national flag on Friday in a sign of defiance against terror and to honour the many people who were killed or injured in terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. On Thursday, perpetrators purposely drove a van into pedestrians on Barcelona's busy Las Ramblas boulevard, killing at least 14, while additional members of the suspected terrorist cell killed one person in Cambrils and seriously injured three others. Terrorist group Islamic State later claimed responsibility. Prague councilor Petr Wolf joined other Czech officials in condemning the attack, saying it was necessary to defend democratic values. The decision to light Petřín Tower in Spain's national colours was a sign of solidarity, he said.

PM to address issue of wage dumping at meeting in Salzburg

Discussions on the future of the European Union and closer economic and social integration will be topics discussed next Wednesday in a meeting in Salzburg, Austria, between European leaders including Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. In Salzburg, Mr Sobotka will meet with Austrian chancellor Christian Kern and also Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and French President Emanuel Macron, the Czech News Agency reported. At the meeting, Mr Sobotka is expected to address the problem of wage dumping and will reportedly call on French and Austrian firms in the Czech Republic to markedly raise wages for employees.

Thunderstorms and strong winds leave thousands of households without electricity

Thunderstorms and strong winds uprooted hundreds of trees in the Šumava area on Friday night and several thousand homes in the region of South Bohemia were left without power. According to reports, transport along several railway lines was disrupted. Fire fighters in the Plzeň region were called to help in some 40 incidents - usually fallen trees. No injuries or major damage were reported.

New tram lines approved

The City of Prague is going ahead with planned changes which will see the introduction of two new tram routes. Plans for the project are to be drawn up after the proposal was passed by councillors this week. Changes to the tram lines will affect routes from Jižní Město to Žižkov and form Podolí to Michle. Both routes are part of long-term plans by the city's Dopravní podnik (public transport authority).

Shooting begins on new film about Palach

A crew began shooting a new film about Jan Palach on Saturday, directed by Robert Sedláček, and due to be released next year on the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. Jan Palach was a student who took his own life in protest of the invasion. He was the subject of a successful HBO mini-series called Burning Bush in 2013. The film crew on Saturday began filming a first scene in front of Prague's Rudolfinium concert hall and gallery.

Robbie Williams performs in Prague

British singer and pop star Robbie Williams will take to the stage in Prague in Saturday evening at Prague Letňany. The singer is touring to promote his latest album The Heavy Entertainment Show. He is expected to come on at around 8:30 PM, following opening act pop-synth duo Erasure.

Weather

Sunday is expected to be mostly cloudy with rainy periods. Daytime temperatures should reach around 20 degrees Celsius.

19-08-2017