25-10-2016 21:08

Current Affairs

President tries to defuse situation ahead of upcoming state awards

25-10-2016 14:34 | Jan Velinger

Miloš Zeman, photo: archive of the Office of the President

Miloš Zeman, photo: archive of the Office of the President

The Czech president’s spokesman has confirmed the head of state is considering presenting Auschwitz survivor George Brady not with a state honour but a separate award as a “gesture of good will”. The move is an attempt to defuse a widening scandal after the culture minister charged that Brady, his uncle, was struck off the list of this year’s award recipients as punishment for the minister’s meeting with the Dalai Lama.  More

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Government approves bill on adoption of biological children in same-sex couples

25-10-2016 13:45 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: stephaniehaynes, CC BY-SA 2.0 The Czech government has approved a proposed amendment to the law which would enable gay and lesbian couples to adopt their partner’s biological child. The proposal was supported by the ruling Social Democrats and ANO, but opposed by the Christian Democrats who see it as a threat to the traditional family model.  More

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One on One

Eva Jiřičná, part 2: Wenceslas Sq. “biggest loss” in post-1989 development of Prague

24-10-2016 14:06 | Ian Willoughby

Eva Jiřičná, photo: Barbora Kmentová Stripped of her citizenship by Czechoslovakia’s Communist authorities after 1968, architect Eva Jiřičná, then in her late 20s, remained in London. In the UK her sleek interiors were a major success and she soon developed an international reputation. It was not until the 1990s that Jiřičná was able to return to her native land. However, she wasn’t long in making up for lost time, designing a number of buildings that made their mark on Prague and Zlín, the town of her birth.  More

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Czech Books

The Bohemian Queen who saved London - and other true stories

22-10-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

Hana Whitton, photo: Danka1, CC BY-SA 3.0 You may well have heard of the English princess who became Queen of Bohemia for just one winter, but did you know that it was a Bohemian queen who persuaded Richard II not to burn down London in a fit of rage? Or at least, so the story goes. The historical links between Bohemia and Britain go back a very long way, and have become something of an obsession for the Czech novelist Hana Whitton.  More

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Nový Bor – a town in the heart of the Bohemian glass industry

20-10-2016 15:40 | Daniela Lazarová

Ajeto glassworks, photo: Libor Kukal The history of Nový Bor in North Bohemia- is indelibly linked with the art of glass-making. The tradition of glass making in the region goes back more than seven hundred years. Thanks to abundant stocks of wood –used as both fuel and raw material -and crushed quartz used in the melting of glass, the region provided ideal conditions for the craft. Glassworks in different areas date back to medieval times and have been traced due to various archaeological finds –such as small pieces of melted glass and fragments of moulds -in places where old glassworks used to stand.  More

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Central Bank withdraws ERB Bank’s license

25-10-2016 13:34 | Daniela Lazarová

ERB Bank in Prague, photo: Google Street View The Czech Central Bank has withdrawn the license of the small Russian-owned ERB Bank citing poor risk management and violation of exposure rules relating to bond investments. According to Czech Television the decision is legally binding.   More

AT&T Time Warner deal would mean new owner for Czech TV Nova

24-10-2016 12:20 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: CTK What has been described as the biggest proposed global acquisition this year - the bid by US telecoms giant AT&T for Time Warner – has a Czech angle with the deal set to give its new owner control of the biggest Czech commercial television group centred...  More

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22-10-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: archive of Radio Prague In Magazine: Prague among top 20 most visited cities in the world; police officers complain their bulletproof vests aren’t bulletproof; a minor takes two buses on a joyride; a Czech bug enthusiast boasts a 10cm cockroach and the most bizarre things Czechs...  More

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Role-playing game Kingdom Come: Deliverance promises historically accurate adventure in 15th century Bohemia

21-10-2016 15:35 | Jan Velinger

'Kingdom Come: Deliverance', photo: Warhorse Studios Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a first-person, open-world realistic RPG set in 15th century Bohemia, developed by Warhorse Studios in the Czech Republic and set for release in 2017. The cornerstone of the project is historical accuracy rarely seen in a...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Republic of Two – Indie folk duo return to nature on latest LP

16-10-2016 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Indies MG The Prague band Republic of Two comprises Jiří Burian and Mikoláš Růžička, both of whom perform the music, sing and write the songs. After releasing their well-received debut LP, the indie folk duo were named Best New Act at the Czech equivalent of the...  More

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