Current Affairs

Government group calls for jobs saving framework for crisis hit companies

19-08-2014 14:19 | Chris Johnstone

The government working group: Josef Středula, Tomáš Prouza, Jaroslav Hanák and Vladimír Dlouhý, photo: ČTK

The government working group: Josef Středula, Tomáš Prouza, Jaroslav Hanák and Vladimír Dlouhý, photo: ČTK

The government working group tasked with cushioning the impact of the Ukraine crisis and escalating sanctions on Czech companies has proposed state help for firms putting employees on short-time work as its main recommendation. The group argues such help could avoid massive lay-offs if the worst happens with the framework in place for future emergencies as well as the current one.  More

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Petr Čech seen fighting for Chelsea place

19-08-2014 16:04 | Ruth Fraňková

Petr Čech, photo: Filip Jandourek After lots of speculation, the goalkeeper for the Czech national soccer team, Petr Čech, found himself on the bench during Chelsea’s first game of the new season on Monday, replaced by the young Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois. Čech was the team’s first-choice keeper from the time he joined the club in 2004 and has helped Chelsea win three League titles and one Champions League, among other trophies. I asked Karel Häring, a football specialist for Deník Sport, why he thought Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had decided to drop Petr Čech:  More

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In Focus

Foreign universities court Czech students as competition between institutions increases

19-08-2014 15:43 | Chris Johnstone

Gaudeamus fair, photo: Pavel Cyprich Czech students are sought after not just by local universities and colleges, but also by their European counterparts as student numbers dwindle across the continent. But while they are faced with more choice, Czech students also face a more difficult jobs market and the need to mark themselves out from the rest.  More

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One on One

Helsinki Committee’s work was only getting started when communism fell, says director Lucie Rybová

18-08-2014 15:37 | Ian Willoughby

Lucie Rybová, foto: Ian Willoughby Along with Charter 77 and the Committee for the Defence of the Unjustly Persecuted, the Czechoslovak Helsinki Committee was a key dissident organisation in the communist period, pressuring the government to adhere to its human rights commitments. Today known as the Czech Helsinki Committee, it is still active, advocating for people who often have nowhere else to turn. I discussed the committee’s work with its director, Lucie Rybová. But I first asked her about the reasons for its establishment, in November 1988.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

18-08-2014 16:34 | Ian Willoughby

In Sports News this Monday: Veselý dedicates Zurich silver to late coach Halva; Pedroza wins Brno MotoGP to deny Marquez while Abraham is best of the Czechs; Koubek has dream start at Plzeň, so why the boos?; and Berdych slips in rankings.  More

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Czech History

“Disappeared Science” commemorates Jewish scholars of Bohemia and Moravia killed in Holocaust

16-08-2014 02:01 | Jan Richter

Photo: Czech Academy of Sciences The Nazi persecution of the Jewish people before and during WWII affected all layers of the society, regardless of the victims’ social status or achievements. Among the estimated 80,000 Jewish people from Bohemia and Moravia murdered in the Holocaust were also many distinguished scientists and scholars from various fields of science. A new book entitled Disappeared Science now profiles several dozen of them.  More

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Czech Books

“Running”: a great Czech athlete inspires a French novelist

16-08-2014 | David Vaughan

Photo: New Press Anyone interested in the history of athletics will have heard of Emil Zátopek, the greatest Czech long-distance runner of all time. His life story is the subject of a short novel by the Prix Goncourt winning French writer, Jean Echenoz, called simply “Running” – “Courir” in the original French. The book is an account of the life of an athlete whose quiet, determined attitude towards his sport contrasted with the complex political dramas going on around him in mid-20th century Europe.  More

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Will climate change put at risk European bird species?

14-08-2014 15:33 | Daniela Lazarová

White stork, photo: Monika Betley, CC BY-SA 3.0 The signs of climate change that Europe has been witnessing in the spring and summer of this year have severely impacted some of the country’s bird species. Persistent rain during the spring months, storms and heavy floods decimated the young population of white storks in an unprecedented measure. Many of the newly hatched young died in their nests, elsewhere nests remained completely empty.  More

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Czech Life

Czech games publisher & distributor introduces new line of storybook games

09-08-2014 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Albi In this week’s Czech Life we talk to Libor Pešl of Czech games publisher and distributor Albi about the usefulness of games in education and we test one of the titles in a new line of storybook games for children ages seven and up: The Three Little Pigs.  More

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European project explores the edges of identity

08-08-2014 14:07 | Lucie Drechselová

Last year, fourteen countries of the central and eastern belt of the European Union joined the project Identity.Move!. Artists from Croatia, Germany, Greece and Lithuania took part in The Lab, a sub-part of the project designed for research on identity. In Prague, they spent a month working on their contributions for the grand finale scheduled to take place in the Czech capital in March 2015.  More

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Further round of Russian sanctions could hit Czech car producers

19-08-2014 16:10 | Chris Johnstone

Illustrative photo: Filip Jandourek Speculation has been raised in the Russian media that Moscow’s next retaliatory sanctions against the European Union and West could cover car imports. If that were the case, then the Czech Republic’s biggest industrial companies and exporters could suffer...  More

Marked rise in spending on public construction contracts in first half of year

18-08-2014 15:59 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Kristýna Maková Construction firms won almost 40 percent more in public contracts in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year, according to a study quoted by the Czech News Agency. In total, some CZK 80.755 billion in pubic construction projects were...  More


Sunday Music Show

Prodavač – “Salesmen” of beguiling low-key synthpop

17-08-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Prodavač, photo: YouTube Led by singer and keyboardist Pavel Kabelík, Prodavač ("shop assistant") are an ‘80s influenced alternative group whose intimate synthpop is complemented by thoughtful lyrics. After releasing an EP in 2011, the band returned in February with a very well-received...  More

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Current Affairs

Public piano propagator makes chess move

18-08-2014 16:24 | Jan Richter

Photo: Czech Television Last year the placing of pianos in public places became a huge hit in Prague and other Czech cities. Now the man behind the project, Ondřej Kobza, has made a fresh move – on Monday the urban activist and café owner unveiled a public chess table at Prague’s...  More

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NGO: civil service watered down by political compromise

13-08-2014 15:47 | Jan Richter

Photo: CT24 The Czech coalition and opposition parties have reached a compromise on civil service reform, paving the way for Parliament to adopt the long-overdue legislation. But the deal has come under fire from some Social Democrats as well as anti-corruption...  More

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Sunday Music Show

The Eben Brothers, a popular Czech folk-rock trio

10-08-2014 02:01 | Jan Richter

The Eben Brothers, photo: official website of the band The Czech folk-rock band the Eben Brothers was formed in the late 1970s by multi-instrumentalists Kryštof, Marek and David Eben. The sons of a respected classical music composer however only rose to national fame two decades later with their award winning...  More

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09-08-2014 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Karel Pařík, photo: Czech Television Today in Mailbox: Response to Radio Prague’s reports on the crash of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine and the IMF’s criticism of Czech economic policies; answers to last month’s listeners’ quiz; new mystery man for August. Listeners/readers quoted:...  More

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It's drawing to a close

09-08-2014 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Kahan, photo: archive of Radio Prague Welcome to a new edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which we explain idioms and phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song is called “Malovaný džbánku” and is sung by the Czech pop-music diva Helena Vondráčková.   More

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Business News

Business News

08-08-2014 14:42 | Jan Richter

Photo: European Commission In Business News this week: Agriculture Ministry to help producers affected by Russian sanctions; Czech unemployment remains unchanged despite 11,000 new jobs; Czech crown falls to five-year low against euro; central bank to curb capital outflow from...  More

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