Standing at a height of 216 metres the Žižkov TV tower is hard to miss. Designed by architect Václav Aulický the tower, housing a transmitter and meteorological observatory, was completed in 1992. It offers visitors a restaurant and café bar as well as a luxury one-room hotel for an unforgettable night in Prague. The ten giant sculptures of babies crawling up the tower are the work of the prominent Czech artist David Černý.
The new European Space Agency will be based in Prague from 2021 onwards,
the Czech Ministry of Transport announced on Wednesday.
The agency will be created by extending the existing European GNSS Agency (GSA), which is already based in the Czech capital. It is currently mainly responsible for operating the Galileo satellite navigation system and employs 100 people.
The new agency – the European Union Agency for the Space Program (EUSPA) – will employ approximately 700 people. Apart from developing satellite telecommunications it will monitor the nearby surroundings of the Earth.
The EUSPA will also manage of Copernicus which, along with Galileo, have become global references in satellite positioning and earth observation, and the governmental satellite communications initiative Govsatcom.
The initiative “A Million Moments for Democracy”, which is calling for
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) to step down over alleged corruption and
conflicts of interest regarding EU funds and subsidies, held another mass
rally on Tuesday.
Police estimate around 50,000 people turned out for the demonstration on Prague’s Wenceslas Square while ‘Million Moments’ put the figure at 80,000 demonstrators.
The initiative has held a series of protests against Babiš since late April, when Czech police proposed that he be charged with EU subsidy fraud. Their largest demonstration, in mid-November, drew some 300,000 people.
The City of Prague wants to sign a sister city pact with Vienna, Prague
mayor Zdeněk Hřib told the Czech News Agency on Sunday. The cooperation
with the Austrian capital will concern mainly the areas of transport,
housing and ecology. The city also plans to cooperate with the other V4
capitals, Bratislava, Warsaw and Budapest.
Following the cancellation of a sister city agreement with Beijing, Prague councillors on Monday approved to sign a sister agreement pact with Taiwan’s capital Taipei, concerning economic, business and cultural cooperation. The Prague-Taipei agreement still has to be approved by the Prague assembly members, who are to deal with it on December 12.
The traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremonies marking the start of
Advent are taking place on town squares around the country this weekend.
The event is now frequently accompanied by video-mapping and live music.
Prague’s largest Christmas market opened on Old Town Square on Saturday and will be accompanied by daily cultural events and concerts up until January 6th.
The tree-lighting ceremony on Old Town Square first took place at 4.30 pm and will be repeated at every next hour up until 9.30 pm in order to accommodate visitors.
Prague has obviously changed enormously over the last 30 years. But what have been the city’s most, and least, impressive construction projects since the Velvet Revolution? After the Dancing House, why did interest in audacious projects seem to cool? And how has Wenceslas Square fared? Who better to answer those questions than architect Jan Kasl, who is president of the Czech Chamber of Architects and served as mayor of Prague from 1998 to 2002. We chatted recently on Na příkopě St., in the very heart of the city centre.
Protesters gathered on Prague's Letná plain to demonstrate against
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Minister of Justice Marie Benešová,
calling on both to resign. According to the organisers there were as many
as 300,000 people in attendance. The two-hour demonstration, which began at
2pm on Saturday, was the latest in a series of protests that have been
going on since April this year. Organisers Million Moments for Democracy
set out new demands on the prime minister, while also calling on opposition
parties to find a way to increase their strength and vowing to organise new
demonstrations if the prime minister interferes in the country's
justice system, media, receives a pardon from the president, or if his
alleged conflict of interests results in a withdrawal of EU subsidies.
Protestors suspect the Czech prime minister has been seeking to influence a criminal investigation into suspicions he committed EU subsidy fraud. However, the prime minister denies this and earlier this year, the criminal proceedings against him regarding an alleged case of subsidy fraud related to the Stork's Nest farm were halted by the state attorney investigating the case.
Hundreds of Czechs living abroad joined today's protest on
Prague's Letná plain from remote locations in Europe, America and
Asia. They called on Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to get rid of his control
of Agrofert, the company he founded, which they believe he still has
influence on. Alternatively, they believe he should resign.
Mr. Babiš relinquished his stake in the company in 2017, but a preliminary EU audit suggested he still controls his company via trust funds.
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