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Social Democrats embarrassed in fuel tax vote

24-07-2014 14:01 | Jan Richter

Illustrative photo: Filip Jandourek

Illustrative photo: Filip Jandourek

The senior coalition Social Democrats have suffered an embarrassing setback in the lower house after a group of their MPs on Wednesday joined the opposition to pass a bill lowering fuel tax. The move, which casts doubt on the Social Democrats’ unity, has raised the ire of coalition leaders over its massive impact on the state budget. However, coalition MPs have bent the rules of parliamentary procedure to schedule a new vote on the bill.  More

Next US ambassador Schapiro expected to be more "organised" than departing Eisen

24-07-2014 14:01 | Ian Willoughby

Andrew Schapiro, photo: archive of Quinn Emanuel Trial Lawyers The United States Senate on Wednesday approved the nomination of Andrew Schapiro as ambassador to Prague. Like the outgoing American ambassador, Norman Eisen, Mr. Schapiro is a lawyer who has worked alongside the US president, Barack Obama. But how is the next US ambassador like to differ from his predecessor?  More

Marketplace

Czech EC candidate “has good chance” of landing preferred portfolio

23-07-2014 15:21 | Jan Richter

Věra Jourová, photo: CTK The selection of a Czech candidate for the European Commission has been the subject of a major contest on the Czech political scene this summer. But the eventual nomination of Regional Development Minister Věra Jourová has been described as a win-win situation for all parties involved, as well as for the Czech Republic, whose candidate has a good chance of being put in charge of one of her preferred portfolios.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

21-07-2014 14:58 | Ian Willoughby

Leopold König, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Czech rider König wins admirers on climb to eighth overall in Tour de France – former national champion Benčík tips him to join top team; Špotáková makes it three out of three Diamond League wins; Sparta send weakened squad to Tallinn for Champions League qualifier; and Ostrava “ultras” to stay away from home games.  More

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One on One

Alex Went cataloguing both popular sights and hidden gems with architecture blog Prague Vitruvius

21-07-2014 15:00 | Ian Willoughby

Grebovka altan, photo: Alex Went The Prague Vitruvius is an extremely useful website for anybody interested in perhaps the Czech capital’s greatest asset: its unparalleled wealth of architecture. The blog is the work of Englishman Alex Went, who has created close to 300 entries taking in both tourist sights and largely unknown gems in the suburbs.  More

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Sunday Music Show

If a Thousand Clarinets: A charming ‘60s musical movie chock-full of singing stars

20-07-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

'Kdyby tisíc klarinetů' - Hana Hegerová, Waldemar Matuška, photo: Czech Television Kdyby tisíc klarinetů, or If a Thousand Clarinets, is a charming 1964 Czech musical film featuring a host of stars of the day, including singers Waldemar Matuška, Karel Gott, Eva Pilarová and Hana Hegerová, the great songwriters and musicians Jiří Suchý and Jiří Šlitr, and actors such as Jana Brejchová, Vlastimil Brodský and (not wearing his director’s cap) Jiří Menzel.  More

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Business

Chinese enterprise to buy controlling stake in Czech tram producer

23-07-2014 13:50 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Inekon Group The Chinese state-owned enterprise China Railway Signal & Communication Corporation has signed a deal to buy a majority stake of 51 percent in the Inekon Group from its founder Josef Hušek. Inekon, a Czech tram producer, will thus receive a marked...  More

Czech Airlines start to count cost as strategy switch unravels

22-07-2014 13:08 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Filip Jandourek Czech Airlines shifted its strategy to concentrate on flights to Russia and former Soviet states as the West European market turned sour. For several years the switch paid off but now the market to former Soviet states is also depressed.   More

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In Focus

Czech chimney climbers’ association thrives, but new challenges present problem

22-07-2014 15:20 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Jiří Němec The Czech Republic boasts perhaps one of the strangest associations around, a group dedicated to climbing industrial chimneys in their spare time. And the more than 30 year old organisation, which started with a small group of teenagers in the Communist...  More

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Current Affairs

Ministry presents strategy to improve Czech public health

23-07-2014 15:20 | Jan Richter

Photo: Filip Jandourek The Czech Health Ministry on Wednesday presented a national strategy to improve public health, which has in some respects deteriorated over the past decades. The document entitled Health 2020 addresses 16 areas, from lack of physical exercise to better...  More

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Plan to make national parks more accessible to public unveiled

23-07-2014 15:20 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Filip Jandourek The environment minister has just unveiled what he describes as a revolutionary amendment aimed at making the Czech Republic’s national parks more accessible to the public. However, some critics say the planned change could lead to damage to valuable...  More

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Letter from Prague

Why don’t Czechs honour their Armed Forces?

19-07-2014 02:01 | Paul Richardson

Photo: European Commission Although I enjoy living here in the Czech Republic with my wonderful Czech wife, it is a very sad fact that I am often reminded of that I also live amongst a nation that is not proud of their soldiers, a nation who would rather typecast their Armed Forces...  More

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Czech Books

Karel Jaromír Erben: a not quite so grim fairytale

19-07-2014 02:01 | David Vaughan

Karel Jaromír Erben If you are drawn to the rich Czech tradition of legend and fairytale, Marcela Sulak’s new translation of one of the classics of 19th century Czech poetry is a must. Karel Jaromír Erben’s collection of ballads, “A Bouquet” was first published in 1853,...  More

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