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Minister Věra Jourová nominated for Czech EU commissioner

21-07-2014 14:58 | Jan Richter

Věra Jourová, photo: CTK

Věra Jourová, photo: CTK

The Czech coalition parties have nominated Regional Development Minister Věra Jourová as the country’s candidate for the European Commission. The Czech government hopes she could take over one of the economic portfolios in the commission. Ms Jourová, of the ANO party, meanwhile, has vowed to raise the EU’s prestige with Czechs.  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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Czech History

UK-held Mitrokhin archives reveal details of KGB operation against Prague Spring

19-07-2014 02:01 | Jan Richter

The freshly released files of the so-called Mitrokhin archive shed light on Soviet intelligence activities during the Prague Spring of 1968. The files, smuggled by senior KGB officer Vasiliy Mitrochin to the UK in the 1990s, have been opened to the public by Cambridge University. They suggest that the KGB aimed to undermine Czechoslovakia’s democratization process, with Soviet illegal agents targeting dozens of Czech and Slovak public figures.  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, and since then has been read by generations of Czech children and parents alike. David Vaughan talks to Marcela Sulak about a translation that brings out the freshness, sensitivity and humanity of Erben’s poetic world of spinning wheels, water-sprites and witches.  More

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Arts

Street theatre takes over Prague’s Wenceslas Square

18-07-2014 15:55 | Jan Velinger

Photo: CTK This Friday allows visitors a final opportunity to take part in Za dveřmi, a street theatre festival which this week transformed Prague’s Wenceslas Square. The festival saw troupes from both the Czech Republic and abroad perform physical theatre, New Circus and much more. More

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Marketplace

Chinese pharmaceuticals eye Czech Republic as base for EU operations

16-07-2014 15:29 | Jan Richter

Photo: Vangelis Thomaidis / freeimages Several Chinese pharmaceutical firms have recently sent their envoys to Prague to test the ground for potential cooperation. One opportunity eyed by the Chinese firms is making the Czech Republic the base of their operations in Europe, eventually expanding their business to other EU member states.  More

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Business

Loans taken for package vacations should be properly calculated by borrowers, say analysts

21-07-2014 13:05 | Jan Velinger

Photo: David Kubíček According to the daily Právo, Czechs most often take loans to buy home appliances, renovate their apartment, pay off earlier debts, or buy a car. But every spring and summer, there is a rise in a number of those willing to take loans to pay for upcoming...  More

Business News

18-07-2014 14:02 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Škoda Auto In Business News Friday: Czech billionaire Bakala to give up his 50 percent stake in BXR; car sales are up, despite rising prices; Czechs bet more than 120 billion crowns in 2013; iDNES remembers a 1990s Monopoly clone that ‘taught’ Czechs how to...  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...  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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Current Affairs

Czech defence minister pays morale-boosting visit to Czech troops in Afghanistan

18-07-2014 14:56 | Daniela Lazarová

Martin Stropnický, photo: Jan Kouba / Czech Army Defence Minister Martin Stropnický on Thursday paid a morale-boosting visit to Czech troops in Afghanistan, following last week’s suicide bomb attack which killed five servicemen. The visit took place in the midst of a security scare at the Czech embassy...  More

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Panorama

Helppes: training dogs for people with physical and mental health disabilities

17-07-2014 13:32 | Daniela Lazarová

Zuzana Rajtrová, photo: archive of Helppes The Prague-based NGO Helppes trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Established in 2001, it trains about 15 service dogs a year and is the only organization of its kind in the Czech Republic which has achieved the high standard required...  More

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In Focus

Prague advances low emission zone plan for city centre

15-07-2014 14:12 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Filip Jandourek Low emission zones, where the worst polluting vehicles are banned from city centres, were first introduced in Germany in 2008 and have since spread rapidly there and across Europe. But the Czech Republic has so far stood apart from the trend. That now...  More

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