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.
The Social Democratic Party will hold an election conference in February
2018, rather than in April as originally planned the ctk news agency
reports, citing party sources.
A proposal for the party chairman to be elected by a direct vote, has
failed to win approval and the next chairman will be elected by delegates
as usual. Candidates for the top post must be party members.
The Social Democrats are striving to recover from their poor showing in October’s general elections where they only collected 7.2 percent of the vote. The party has said will now go into the opposition.
The head of the Constitutional Court Pavel Rychetský has said an important
point is being missed when it comes to discussion of direct democracy in
the Czech Republic, including a general referendum bill promoted by Czech
parties such as ANO and Freedom and Direct Democracy.
He added he was slightly irritated by discussions on adopting direct democracy unless questions on why and under what circumstances and conditions it was needed were properly debated and answered first. He said no such discussion was taking place.
He made the comments in a debate on the 25th anniversary of the Czech Republic’s Constitution. Some have argued that instead of deepening democracy, such a general referendum bill could have the opposite effect.
Prague Castle has opened doors to the public to see state rooms which were
renovated over the course of the summer. The public will be able to visit
this Friday and Saturday (November 3 and 4).
Visitors will be able to see various rooms used to receive official guests, as well as smaller salons. Among the sites highlighted are a famous staircase from Matyáš Gate, the Cloakroom, the Throne Room, and the Brožík Drawing Room – all located in the Castle’s Southern wing.
More than 80 Roma students, at high schools and vocational schools,
officially received stipends on Friday from the NGO Romea. Recipients are
students whose study is threatened by poor domestic or financial
The stipend system covering the high school and vocational schools is in its second year and was founded by the NGO after repeated requests from parents in the Roma community. Stipends for high school students are 14,000 crowns per year and 21,000 for vocational school students.
The NGO already ran a program helping students at the university level.