27-07-2016 03:09

Current Affairs

Czechs training Iraqi pilots to be deployed in fight against ISIL

26-07-2016 14:15 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: CTK

Photo: CTK

Thirty-one Iraqi helicopter pilots wrapped up a 14-months training session at the Pardubice pilot training center on Sunday. The course was for beginners who received complete training and who are now ready to be deployed in the fight against Daesh in their homeland.  More

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Tripartite fails to reach consensus on minimum monthly wage

26-07-2016 15:20 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Khalil Baalbaki A meeting of the tripartite – government, union and employer representatives – failed on Monday to reach a consensus on increasing the country’s minimum monthly salary. While all sides agree a rise is needed, the question is how high.  More

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One on One

Czech Olympic Committee chief Kejval: War on doping can’t be won but must be fought

25-07-2016 15:23 | Ian Willoughby

Jiří Kejval, photo: Šárka Ševčíková Over 100 Czech athletes are set to take part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, an event that for some will no doubt be the pinnacle of an entire lifetime in sport. But what would be a satisfactory medals haul from the perspective of the Czech Olympic Committee? And why hasn’t the team adopted the name Czechia?  More

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Passion for Operation Anthropoid has led me to every corner of Prague, says author and tour organiser John Martin

23-07-2016 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: archive of John Martin Among the credits in the forthcoming movie Anthropoid is “Man at assassination”. That man is John Martin, a Liverpudlian who was invited to appear as an extra after several years of correspondence on Operation Anthropoid with the film’s director and co-writer Sean Ellis. A stand-up comedian by profession, Martin has for decades had a huge interest in the incredibly daring assassination of Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich by Czechoslovak parachutists Jan Kubiš and Jozef Gabčík in Prague in 1942. More

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Initiative seeks to safeguard Karlovy Vary’s controversial architectural ikon Hotel Thermal

22-07-2016 10:04 | Chris Johnstone

Hotel Thermal, photo: Kristýna Maková Karlovy Vary’s Hotel Thermal was recently, as it regularly is, the backdrop for Central Europe’s biggest film festival. The complex was designed, outside and in, specifically for the film festival in the West Bohemian spa town. But the controversial 1970s architectural work of the husband and wife team of Vladimír Machonin and Věra Machoninová is showing its age with its owner, the state, blowing hot and cold about its future. That has prompted the granddaughter and grandson of the architects to step in.  More

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In Focus

“Big, brutal and friendly,” say fans of extreme metal festival

19-07-2016 14:51 | Liana Sas

Brutal Assault, photo: Christian Rühmkorf Thousands of fans of extreme metal will be flocking to the Czech Republic in just a few weeks’ time for the annual Brutal Assault music festival. Established in 1996 as a small show with mainly Czech and Slovak bands, the festival gradually evolved into one of the major events of its kind, with nearly 18,000 visitors coming to last year’s 20th edition. This August, the Brutal Assault festival will again take place at an old Army Fortress in Josefov, some 130 kilometres east of Prague. Over the course of four days the festival will showcase over a hundred bands from all over the world.  More

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Czechs and Slovaks among “The Few”

16-07-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

Battle of Britain Memorial, Folkestone, photo: David Vaughan During the EU referendum debate in Britain the presence of so-called “migrant” workers from Central and Eastern Europe, including the Czech Republic, was one of the central topics. But we heard rather less about the tens of thousands of Czechs, Slovaks and, above all, Poles, who came to Britain nearly eighty years ago during World War II. In today’s language they might also be categorized as migrants, quite possibly illegal migrants, given the many complex paths that led them to Britain. They came to fight in the British armed forces and their contribution to the Allied war effort was immeasurable. Their role is well recorded in the Czech Radio archives thanks to the preservation of many wartime recordings from London which later found their way to Prague.  More

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National Bank says number of fake banknotes seized on rise

26-07-2016 15:33 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Barbora Kmentová The number of fake banknotes found in circulation in the Czech Republic by counterfeiters is on a rise, Czech Radio reported on Tuesday - citing statistics released by the Czech National Bank. Most often copied are the 500 and 1,000 crown bills.   More

Changes in pipeline to address staff shortages in Czech civil service

25-07-2016 12:19 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Filip Jandourek A law to pave the way for a more efficient and professional Czech civil service came into effect at the start of 2015 after years of foot dragging by the state and final warnings from the European Commission in Brussels. Although much of the new package...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

25-07-2016 14:28 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Rio-bound Czech athletes split over treatment of Russians; Kvitová hoping to turn season around in Brazil; Plzeň and Sparta readying for Champions League qualifiers; and Prague Black Panthers lift Czech Bowl after controversial...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Markéta Konvičková seeks wider audience with album releases

24-07-2016 02:01 | Clare Profous

Markéta Konvičková, photo: archive of Markéta Konvičková In today's Sunday Music Show we will be listening to songs from Markéta Konvičková’s last two albums – TABLO and Kafe, bar a nikotin. Markéta Konvičková is a 22 year old Czech pop singer who first rose to fame in 2009 as a finalist on the Czech and Slovak...  More

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Czech Life

Tips for tasty food at the top

23-07-2016 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Smart Press It’s the peak of the holiday season and thousands of people are packing up to leave the city. For those used to spending summers hiking in the mountains, holidays are forever connected with the taste of instant soups and mashes, which were lightweight...  More

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On Our Street

16-07-2016 | Clare Profous

Photo: Miloš Turek Hello and welcome to a new edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can learn Czech phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today we will be listening to the song V naší ulici, or in our street, sung by Voxel. The word to...  More

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16-07-2016 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

In this edition: Response to Radio Prague's broadcasts, listeners' monthly quiz. Listeners/readers quoted: Roger Chambers, Chun-quan Meng, Hans Verner Lollike, Jayanta Chakrabarty, Sirajul Islam, Jaroslaw Jedrzejczak, Chun-quan Meng.   More

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Three young Czechs gearing up for adrenalin-packed Rickshaw Run across India

14-07-2016 15:13 | Daniela Lazarová

Three adventure-loving young Czechs are gearing up for the August Rickshaw Run, a 3,500 km adrenalin ride across India. Three people packed in a rickshaw with no set route, no back-up, and no way of knowing if they are going to make it to the finishing...  More

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