Current Affairs

Czech economic policy mix gets IMF seal of approval

21-05-2015 14:59 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Klára Stejskalová

Photo: Klára Stejskalová

‘IMF approved’ is probably a badge that the Czech government ministers, finance ministry officials, and central bank policy setters could wear with pride after the latest visit and assessment from the international economic watchdog and advisor. The latest report is broadly upbeat but contains the customary dose of caution and advice.  More

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Prague House of Photography showing Auschwitz Album collection

21-05-2015 16:42 | Daniela Lazarová

Women selected for slave labour, photo: archive of Jewish Museum in Prague Among the numerous events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII is a photo exhibition from the Auschwitz Album - a collection of photographs taken inside a Nazi death camp. The collection, on view at the Prague House of Photography, is a horrifying record of the extermination of Jews in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp, which had never before been shown to the Czech public.  More

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National Museum undergoing major renovation

21-05-2015 15:23 | Daniela Lazarová

National Museum's main building, photo: CzechTourism The historic building of the National Museum overlooking Wenceslas Square is undergoing a major renovation that is set to end in 2018. The museum has had to relocate thousands of exhibits and is using the time to create new collections and work on a modern, interactive presentation.  More

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In Focus

New projects aim to keep legacy of Karolína Světlá alive

19-05-2015 16:04 | Ruth Fraňková

Karolína Světlá, photo: Public Domain Karolína Světlá is one of the greatest female writers of the 19th century, yet in recent years, her works have somewhat fallen out of fashion. A group of people from the Footprints in nature non-profit organisation are trying to change that. Last year, they established an educational trail dedicated to the great writer and this weekend, they are holding the first-ever Karolína Světlá festival.  More

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One on One

Vladimír Hanzel: Part 2

18-05-2015 14:25 | Ian Willoughby

Václav Havel, Vladimír Hanzel, photo: Petr Mazanec As his secretary for nearly a decade and a half, Vladimír Hanzel was extremely close to the late Václav Havel. In this the second part of a two-part interview, Mr. Hanzel describes how the former dissident adjusted to life as president and how he was changed by four terms at Prague Castle. He also discusses Havel’s relationship to music – and his audacious plan to get the remaining Beatles to reform in the Czech capital.  More

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Sunday Music Show

Kalle – Live from a room in Tábor

17-05-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Tábor’s Kalle are one of the more interesting newish bands on the Czech music scene. Guitarist David Zeman and singer Veronika Buriánková, who may quite possibly have heard a few PJ Harvey or Portishead LPs, put down eight tracks as demos last year but then realised they were good enough to put out. The resulting Live from the Room was among the most acclaimed local releases of 2014. More

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Czech History

WWII war veterans tell Plzeň youth to stay vigilant for freedom

16-05-2015 02:01 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Annette Kraus Just over a week ago around 300 schoolchildren from the West Bohemian city of Plzeň crowded into its art nouveau masterpiece, now serving as its main cultural centre, to hear from around a dozen men around 75 years older. The former US and Belgian soldiers were among those who 70 years earlier had fought their way through Europe and landed up, sometimes fleetingly, in Plzeň at the end of World War II.  More

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Jaguar Land Rover seen parking new manufacturing plant in Central Europe

22-05-2015 12:17 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Jan Říha Rumours are circulating that a major car manufacturer is eyeing up locations in Central Europe for a new plant. And top of the range producer Jaguar Land Rover, owned by India’s Tata Motors, is usually singled out as the likely investor. According to...  More

Seznam tops billion crown profit for first time in 2014

21-05-2015 15:31 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Kristýna Maková Czech search engine Seznam has shown in its 2014 results that it has fine-tuned the formula for extracting earnings from its core Internet activity and web servers. But questions are still raised whether its relatively small local market is not too much...  More



Battle looms over Elbe as government seeks to push water transport

20-05-2015 15:52 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Tomáš Kolařík, CC BY-SA 3.0 The Czech Republic is dissected by some major rivers but water transport is now very much a Cinderella sector compared with road, rail, and air transport. But there are now moves to give rivers a much greater role. President Miloš Zeman would go even...  More

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Current Affairs

Czech foreign minister pledges support for Ukraine and EU association agreement

20-05-2015 15:52 | Jan Velinger

Pavel Klimkin, Lubomír Zaorálek, photo: CTK Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek, meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Pavel Klimkin on Tuesday, expressed strong support for the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, a day before it was due to be discussed in the Czech Chamber of Deputies. While...  More

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Brno makes historic apology for ‘death march’

20-05-2015 15:52 | Ruth Fraňková

Brno ‘death march’, photo: archive of Post Bellum Seventy years after the end of World War Two, the Brno City Hall has issued an official apology to the victims of the violent expulsions of the German speaking population that took place in the aftermath of the war.   More

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Sports News

Sports News

18-05-2015 15:22 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Czechs fail to make home advantage pay at Ice Hockey World Championships, finishing fourth; Jágr retires at international level despite being Czechs’ most productive player; and Hradec Králové and České Budějovice are relegated...  More

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16-05-2015 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Walter Serner Today in Mailbox: Listeners'/readers' response to our programmes, answers to last month's quiz question. Listeners/readers quoted: Kanchan Chatterjee, Jayanta Chakrabarty, Shahzad Shabbir, Deblina Biswas, Colin Law, Hans Verner Lollike.   More

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