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12-02-2016 12:56

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Opposition parties threaten Constitutional Court challenge over electronic cash register legislation

11-02-2016 13:40 | Dominik Jůn

Bohuslav Sobotka, Andrej Babiš, photo: CTK

Bohuslav Sobotka, Andrej Babiš, photo: CTK

A controversial bill on electronic cash registers intended to fight tax evasion cleared the lower house on Wednesday. The opposition TOP 09 and Civic Democrat parties, who have fought the legislation tooth and nail, now say they will take the matter to the Constitutional Court.  More

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Czech foreign minister offers Macedonia help in tackling migrant crisis

11-02-2016 14:16 | Daniela Lazarová

Gevgelia migrant camp, photo: CTK Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek held talks with top officials in Macedonia on Wednesday offering the country material and personnel assistance in dealing with the refugee crisis. The minister stressed the need to bring the flow of migrants on the so-called Balkans route under control and highlighted the crucial role of Macedonia in helping to bring this about.  More

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Panorama

Extremism expert: we no longer have a clear line between what is extremist and what is normal

11-02-2016 16:00 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: CTK An attack on a Prague community centre that helps refugees, the recent stabbing of a Syrian national and violence at anti-migrant rallies suggest that growing anti-Islamic sentiments may be radicalizing Czech society. How badly has the migrant crisis divided the country and how serious is the danger of radicalization?  More

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One on One

Far-right focus on migrants taking heat off Roma at least for now, says Czechs Against Czechs maker Tomáš Kratochvíl

08-02-2016 16:16 | Ian Willoughby

Tomáš Kratochvíl, photo: Ian Willoughby One of the most thought-provoking documentaries to hit local cinema screens in recent months has been Czechs Against Czechs by Tomáš Kratochvíl. In the highly personal film, the young director – a member of the majority population – goes to live in a desperately poor Romany ghetto in north Bohemia. Along the way, he also encounters far-right activists who organise anti-Roma demonstrations, as well as members of the public who don’t hide their hatred of the ethnic minority. More

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Sports News

Sports News

08-02-2016 15:49 | Ian Willoughby

Karolína Plíšková, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Plíšková to rescue as Czechs beat Romania to reach Fed Cup last four; reinforcement Šural signs for Sparta ahead of league resumption; and poor shooting by Vítková leaves Czech biathlon team 10th in Canada.  More

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Czech Life

Czech scientists calculate whether 'Goldilocks' planet can exist near a cold black hole

06-02-2016 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Black hole, photo: NASA Anyone who saw the 2014 space opera Interstellar will remember that planets featured in the film, visited by a crew from Earth, orbited not a star but a massive black hole called Gargantua, its accretion disc the source of heat and light. Much of the science in the film was calculated by renowned physicist Kip Thorne and indeed the treatment of black holes in the film was a source of inspiration for scientists even here in the Czech Republic. More

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Business

Elderly women living alone are at high risk of poverty

11-02-2016 13:47 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Filip Jandourek Elderly Czech women living alone are at an increased risk of poverty, according to a survey released by the Czech Statistics Office. Fifteen percent of Czechs aged over 65 and living alone are threatened with poverty and women’s risk of poverty is almost...  More

iDnes: Europe’s last uranium mine to be used as lab for spent nuclear fuel repository

10-02-2016 12:18 | Ian Willoughby

Rožná uranium mine, photo: Daniel Burda Though the Czech state is not planning to bury spent nuclear fuel for another half-century, it is already looking ahead with the creation of an underground lab at Europe’s last uranium mine to test conditions for a repository, the news website iDnes.cz...  More

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Marketplace

Czech trade agency shares plaudits for booming export figures

10-02-2016 13:38 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: fishtik / freeimages The Czech Republic this week announced record export figures for the year 2015. Several factors were clearly at work including the low crown policy of the Czech National Bank. But the government would also like to take some of the credit, and especially...  More

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Current Affairs

First Iraqi pilots complete training on L-159 fighter jets

10-02-2016 14:42 | Jan Velinger

L-159, photo: Czech Television A first group of Iraqi pilots has completed training on L-159 fighter jets at manufacturer Aero Vodochody. Iraq has bought 15 of the planes, which were surplus for the Czech Air Force, for training purposes and missions. So far, Iraq has received only...  More

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Rare U.S. coin makes brief stop at Czech National Museum

10-02-2016 14:42 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: CTK An extremely rare and valuable silver coin dating back to the founding of the United States has gone on display in Prague’s National Museum. The so-called Flowing Hair silver dollar is on a four day stopover in Prague as part of a wider European...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Birthday tribute to singer songwriter Vladimír Merta

07-02-2016 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Vladimír Merta, photo: Prokop Havel Today’s edition of Sunday Music Show is dedicated to Vladimír Merta, one of the country’s best singer-songwriters and an excellent guitarist, who has just celebrated his 70th birthday. He marked the day earlier this week with a concert at Prague’s Akropolis,...  More

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