09-12-2013 08:58 CET | Daniela Lazarová
- Karel Schwarzenberg has been reelected leader of the centre-right TOP 09 party.
- Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kohout will attend the memorial service for the late president Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
- The parties of the emerging coalition government are debating tax changes as of 2015.
This week we are profiling the band Ahmed má hlad (Ahmed is hungry) a band that revives and draws on Balkan and East European folk music, while giving these traditional gems a modern slant. More
One thing I’ll give the Czechs: they do Christmas really well, adhering to their rich traditions in a way that does much to nullify the creeping commercialisation of recent decades. More
The Czech Republic and Hungary are countries of similar size with plenty of history in common, whether we look back to the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire or the common experience of invasion in more recent decades: in 1956 for Hungary and 1968 for Czechoslovakia. And you don’t have to look far to find parallels in the literature of the two countries. More
This week in business news: Travel Service Airlines to buy 34-percent stake in Czech Airlines; Developer Metrostav files arbitration suit against Prague over Blanka tunnel payments; Nominal average wage has risen by 322 crowns, but real wages stagnate; GDP has fallen in Q3 by less than was expected; Mining company OKD will have a new director starting January; Industrial space is the fastest growing sector of the Czech real estate market. More
As Czechs prepare to mark the second anniversary of the death of ex-president Václav Havel, an exhibition has opened at the Czech Academy of Sciences reflecting an age-old dilemma – how best to portray the nation’s heroes. More
Last week saw the 5th inception of Sexistické prasátečko (Sexist Little Pig), a competition run by the NGO Nesehnutí critical of sexism in advertising. The anti-award is voted on by members of the public and by a jury annually; some of the entries this year featured wanna-be porn starlets licking a strip of aluminium (We love aluminium!) and a naked man hiding his private parts under a drape. More
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Prague’s skyline gave the capital one of its nicknames: the city of a hundred spires. But in actual fact around a thousand spires, belfries and towers of various styles and ages now grace the city centre. Some of them are popular tourist attractions... More
For years the Civic Democrats were the dominant right-wing force in Czech politics. However, the party took less than 8 percent in recent elections and are very much on the ropes. With members crying out for a saviour, the relatively untested Petr Fiala... More
Prague this week hosted the annual USA and European Union Days conference where several prominent international and Czech figures discussed transatlantic cooperation and the role of both the US and the EU in international affairs. Among the keynote speakers... More
In Sports News this Monday: Plzeň fans give future national team boss Vrba emotional send-off after last league game; leaders Sparta’s final game before winter break throws up curious incidents; and skier Bauer tops World Cup podium for first time in... More
Pavel Blažek spent three weeks in September taking panoramic photographs of long abandoned Soviet labour camps in Siberia for the project Gulag.cz. His work now forms a unique “virtual museum” via which people around the world can view places where thousands... More