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26-08-2016 15:38

Current Affairs

Merkel, Sobotka find common ground on numerous issues with notable exception of migrant quotas

26-08-2016 14:07 | Jan Velinger

Angela Merkel, Bohuslav Sobotka, photo: CTK

Angela Merkel, Bohuslav Sobotka, photo: CTK

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Prague for the first time in four years to meet with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka as well as the Czech head-of-state. The visit is part of a post-Brexit tour by Mrs Merkel to discuss the future of the European Union as well as bilateral cooperation. On most issues, the leaders found common ground. But not on migrant quotas. More

Jihlava welcomes back Olympic champion

26-08-2016 14:07 | Ruth Fraňková

Lukáš Krpálek, photo: CTK Around two thousand people filled in the main square in Jihlava on Thursday evening to welcome home the only Czech gold medallist from the Olympic Games in Rio: judoka Lukáš Krpálek. The 25-year old Jihlava native won in the under-100kg division in Rio and clinched the Czech Republic’s first-ever Olympic judo medal. More

Panorama

Roma-inspired fashion line helps fight prejudice and social exclusion

25-08-2016 15:44 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Official Facebook page of Gypsy MaMa The Gypsy MaMa fashion brand is the work of a Czech NGO which has been very active in helping to improve the living conditions of several thousand Romanies living in one of the country’s biggest socially excluded areas known as the Brno “Bronx”. Gypsy MaMa was established to help young Romanies get a foothold on the labour market by harnessing their creative potential and giving them work experience.  More

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One on One

Bureaucrats holding Czechia back but name will catch on, says Professor Petr Pavlínek

22-08-2016 13:57 | Ian Willoughby

Petr Pavlínek, photo: archive of Radio Prague Earlier this year the Czech government made international news with its plan to promote “Czechia” as a snappy alternative to the cumbersome “the Czech Republic”. So far how has successful has this rebranding exercise actually been? More

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Czech Life

Discussing the positives but also danger of drones

20-08-2016 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Czech Television In Czech Life this week our guest is Jakub Karas, the director of the Czech Unmanned Aerial Alliance and an expert on drones who has also published a book on their use. As both professional and hobby drones have caught on, Radio Prague took the opportunity to ask about the possibilities but also potential dangers they represent.  More

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Arts

Designer Pavel Fuksa & Prague City Hall reveal first in series of new public posters

19-08-2016 13:55 | Jan Velinger

Photo: CTK Pavel Fuksa is a highly respected graphic designer and creative director who this week, together with City Hall, unveiled new posters addressing various changes in the capital, including the sidewalk ban on Segways. Fuksa has worked everywhere from Japan to the Middle East and in 2012 he was included on a list of the 20 Best Young Graphic Designers by Computer Arts. He has also done work for the Obama administration, as you’ll find out.  More

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In Focus

Six hundred year old Czech tree reveals secrets

16-08-2016 13:55 | Ruth Fraňková

Plešné lake, photo: Miloš Turek Czech scientists researching forests in Šumava National Park in the south of the country have recently discovered what is believed to be the Czech Republic’s oldest tree. The spruce, found near the lake of Plešné, witnessed the reign of Charles IV as a sapling, and is believed to have reached more than 600 years of age.  More

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Business

Czech company Energo Pro to build hydro plant in Turkey

26-08-2016 15:38 | Ruth Fraňková

Illustrative photo: European Commission Czech power distributor Energo Pro is set to build a new hydro power plant with a dam in the Erzurum province in north eastern Turkey. The overall cost of the project is expected to reach 240 million US dollars, which is nearly 6 billion crowns. The...  More

Business News

26-08-2016 14:29 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Vítkovice Machinery Group In Business News this week: Ostrava court starts bankruptcy proceedings against Vitkovice Power Engineering; Finance Ministry wants customs officials to investigate tax crime; Tax payers warned not to respond to fraudulent text messages asking them to...  More

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Marketplace

Cycling in Czech Republic viewed as sport rather than means of transport, says Homeport founder

24-08-2016 15:37 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: archive of Homeport The Prague-based company Homeport, which is operating successful bike sharing schemes all around the world, including Great Britain, France or Saudi Arabia, is planning to launch its services in Prague. The company wants to take part in a public tender...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

22-08-2016 15:30 | Ian Willoughby

Lukáš Krpálek, photo: CTK The Czech Republic had an unspectacular Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, finishing 43rd in the international medals ranking compared to 19th in London four years ago. Nevertheless, the Czech team took home 10 medals and gave fans lots of great moments...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Reissue of unique album marks Michal Prokop’s 70th birthday

21-08-2016 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Supraphon Today’s edition of Sunday Music Show is dedicated to the rock and blues singer and guitarist Michal Prokop and his 1972 album Město ER, which has been reissued on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Prokop, who has been part of the Czech music scene for...  More

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SoundCzech

Heaven and Hell

20-08-2016 02:01 | Clare Profous

Photo: Hansueli Krapf, CC BY-SA 3.0 Hello and welcome to a fresh edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can learn Czech idioms with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song, sung by Markéta Konvičková, is called Z ráje jsem utekla – I ran away from heaven....  More

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Mailbox

Mailbox

13-08-2016 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Photo: Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos Today in Mailbox: Listener feedback from Radio Miami International, response to Radio Prague's broadcasts, monthly listeners' quiz. Listeners/readers quoted: Henry Zapatka, Rutilio Flores, Vladimir Gudzenko, Constantin Liviu Viorel, Mohamed...  More

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