Current Affairs

PM comes under fire for ‘weak’ stance on Russia

01-09-2014 15:00 | Jan Velinger

Bohuslav Sobotka, photo: CTK

Bohuslav Sobotka, photo: CTK

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has come under fire from members of the centre-right opposition as well as from within the coalition government, for withholding full support for a new wave of planned EU sanctions against Russia. At its summit on Saturday, the union issued a one-week ultimatum for Russia to reverse its course in Ukraine or face new consequences. More

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One on One

Intensive study of Czech for free tuition at film school pays off, says FAMU International head Vít Janeček

01-09-2014 15:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: archive of FAMU Last month Prague’s FAMU placed a very impressive fourth in a Hollywood Reporter list of top international film schools. How has the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts, to give it its full title, managed to acquire such a reputation around the world? That’s one of several questions I discussed the other day with the head of FAMU International, teacher and documentary maker Vít Janeček.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

01-09-2014 15:33 | Ian Willoughby

Lukáš Krpálek, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Krpálek becomes first Czech judo world champion; Synek is again world champion in men’s single sculls; Kvitová fails to break US Open hoodoo with third round exit; Berdych through to last 16 at Flushing Meadows; Vaidišová plots comeback; and golden generation of hockey players pay tribute to coach Hlinka.  More

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Letter from Prague

Rollerblading in Nymburk

30-08-2014 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Illustrative photo: Jitka Englová When I first started dating my future wife around 12 years ago, one of the first challenges I faced as a ‘suitable’ potential partner was the roller blade test. A skate not on Prague's fairly flat Letná Plain (well okay, we did that too) but a suicidal slalom down a road in Stromovka Park.  More

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Czech Books

Romany writers at home on Facebook

30-08-2014 02:01 | David Vaughan

In a recent edition of Czech Books, we spoke to the Romany writer, Irena Eliášová. She mentioned that her novel, November, had been published earlier this year by an internet publisher. This inspired David Vaughan to find out more about Romany writing in the digital age, and he discovered that Czech Roma have embraced the social media in a big way.  More

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Brave New Worlds the theme of upcoming Fresh Film Fest

29-08-2014 16:52 | Jan Velinger

The Fresh Film Fest – highlighting films by debuting directors, students and professionals – is just around the corner, set to take place in Prague in the second half of September. Ahead of the festival, Radio Prague spoke to Fresh Film’s programme director Michal Hogenauer. More

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Vice-president of the Confederation of Industry: Russia will always be an important third market for Czech exporters

28-08-2014 16:03 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Agnés Joyaut Intensive negotiations are underway to try to cushion the impact of the Ukrainian crisis on Czech exporters. The Agriculture Ministry has estimated this year’s loses at around 300 million crowns while the Confederation of Industry is talking about billion crown losses due to disappearing contracts, problematic funding and heightened competition from Asian exporters on the Russian market.  More

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Czech Post seeks 1.7 billion in compensation for loss-making services

01-09-2014 14:29 | Jan Richter

Photo: Filip Jandourek The state-owned postal firm Czech Post is seeking 1.7 billion crowns in state compensation for losses incurred through unprofitable services it is required to provide by law, the daily Hospodářské noviny reports. Part of the compensation should be covered...  More

Business News

29-08-2014 15:48 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: athewma / freeimages Business News: the Czech government debates measures to cushion the impact of the EU-Russian sanctions, Prague hosts a two-day Chinese Investment Forum, Škoda Auto aims to increase its sales in China and Czech farmers expect a record grain harvest.   More

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Sunday Music Show

Vltava – a band defying easy definitions

31-08-2014 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Vltava, photo: archive of the band The Czech band Vltava was established in 1986 by the singer Robert Nebřenský and other renowned musicians.   More

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30-08-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: archive of Customs Administration of the Czech Republic In Magazine: a pub owner is in hot water for displaying a stuffed bear, a hotelier in Mikulov makes headlines after threatening to humiliate visitors who pee outside his hotel, a sixteen-year-old boy out on a joyride smashes into a police car, three...  More

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Current Affairs

Ombudswoman’s defence of hijab sparks heated debate in the Czech Republic

29-08-2014 15:21 | Ruth Fraňková

Illustrative photo: Ruth Livingstone / freeimages Czech Ombudswoman Anna Šabatová has stirred heated debate on the Czech political scene by standing up for two students who were banned from wearing headscarves at a medical school in Prague. Politicians across the political spectrum as well as President...  More

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In Focus

Raketon - a myriad of sounds on two strings

26-08-2014 15:36 | Masha Volynsky

Raketon, photo: Tomáš Rasl A one-of-a-kind instrument called raketon made its first public appearance three years ago in a museum exhibit, but this week it had its debut in a contemporary classical music concert, together with Prague’s Berg Orchestra. I had a chance to speak to...  More

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Czech Life

The “Old Bohemian” Trdelník

23-08-2014 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

Trdelník, photo: Kristýna Maková Old Town Square in the middle of a typically busy tourist-filled summer’s day. Along one side are several food stalls, which are a relatively new feature for the Old Town. They are selling crepes and hams and sausages and one unmistakable stall is selling...  More

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