Over the past decade or so, visitors have been flocking to Prague in ever-increasing numbers. Many of them have been attracted by tales of the city's beautiful, well-preserved architecture, which embraces many different styles ranging from the imposing gothic grandeur of St Vitus' Cathedral to the baroque opulence of St. Nicholas' Church. This upsurge in tourism has resulted in a swathe of development projects across the Czech capital aimed at meeting the demands of visitors to the city. Critics say such initiatives pose a threat to the architectural
The Czech capital, Prague, has been named the wealthiest city in the ten countries that joined the European Union in May last year. A European Commission survey known as the Urban Audit also measured the quality of life in 258 cities in the European Union. Prague did especially well in terms of culture, ranking fifth in terms of the number of museums per capita and seventh in the number of theatres.
Up to two percent of the European Union's population could die if a flu pandemic were to break out, according to the grimmest prognosis made at a WHO conference in Prague on Sunday. In an interview for the CTK news agency, Professor Albert Osterhaus from the Rotterdam university medical centre Erasmus MC warned the EU has prepared little for a possible flu pandemic, despite the fact that the lives of up to five million people are at risk. Professor Osterhaus says an action plan ought to be drawn up in Brussels for all EU member states to follow in the case of a pandemic.
Some fifty extremists gathered in front of the Austrian embassy in Prague on Saturday to call for the release of British historian and Holocaust denier David Irving. A group of ten men and women, among them Nazi concentration camp survivors, protested against the legal extremists' gathering and were escorted away by the police. David Irving, who is barred from entering Germany, Austria, Canada, and Australia, was arrested in Vienna last month on a 1989 warrant.
Two German companies have applied for permission to burn 80,000 tonnes
of waste in the Prague district of Malesice, Lidove noviny reported on
Friday. A Czech Environment Ministry spokesperson said it was currently
unclear whether permission would be given.
There is a shortage of incinerator capacity in Germany, while incinerators in the Czech Republic are working at 55 percent of capacity, the daily said.
It's part of the childhood memories of generations of Prague citizens. For more than a century, the famous wooden merry-go-round on Letna Hill has both thrilled and scared tens of thousands of children with its grinning, almost life-size horses. With eleven decades of non-stop operation the Letna merry-go-round is the oldest working carousel in Europe. It is now undergoing repairs to be soon restored to its original glory.
It's not an uncommon sight in the Prague metro or on the city's tram lines: a tourist confusedly patting down his pockets, then calling out for help, realising he's just been robbed. Pick-pocketing in Prague, as in most major cities, is a major problem: police say that the actual number of cases could be more than five times higher than the 8,000 officially reported each year. Still, there is now something to cheer about: according to police, pick-pocketing in Prague has gone down for the first time in a decade and arrests are up. Just as the city
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