Current Affairs

PM connects with French socialists, sets tone for improved Czech-French ties

18-04-2014 15:53 | Jan Velinger

Bohuslav Sobotka, Francois Hollande, photo: CTK

Bohuslav Sobotka, Francois Hollande, photo: CTK

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka began a two-day visit to France on Thursday, his first to Paris since taking office. Meeting with President Francois Hollande, Mr Sobotka weighed in on the continuing crisis in Ukraine, calling on Russia to recall troops on Ukraine’s border. But it was largely to rebuild ties with France – as well as to connect with the French Socialist Party ahead of European elections – that were reasons for the trip.  More

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Kůra festival of experimental art takes place in Kutná Hora

18-04-2014 15:52 | Jan Velinger

This Friday sees the start of Kůra - a two-day festival of experimental art and music held in a 19th century brewery in Kutná Hora, east of Prague. The fest is in just its second year but will see work by some 60 artists and musicians, from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and further abroad.  More

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Prague Zoo taking responsibility for the survival of endangered breeds

17-04-2014 16:18 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Kristýna Maková Three years ago Prague Zoo launched its biggest conservation project to date – helping to save the Przewalski horse from extinction. The zoo successfully breeds these Mongolian wild horses here in the Czech Republic and then transports them to the Mongolian steppes to enrich the gene pool of a small protected herd that is to help the endangered breed survive.  More

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Scandal prone Czech health care system gets mixed evaluation

16-04-2014 15:08 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Filip Jandourek The Czech health care sector is a frequent target of criticism from those inside looking out, those passing through, and those on the outside looking in. Scandals are fairly frequent, money for the service and praise from health care consumers often seem in short supply. We atempt to gauge the health of the sector and work out whether it is giving good value for money.  More

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One on One

Running café about far more than coffee and food, says Sladkovský’s Kateřina McCreary

14-04-2014 15:32 | Ian Willoughby

Krymská St., Café v lese on left halfway up, photo: Ian Willoughby Formerly a sleepy, in some parts grimy, neighbourhood, Vršovice has in recent times become one of the liveliest districts of Prague. Much of this activity centres on Krymská St., home to the very successful Café v lese and several other relatively new businesses. One of the people responsible for the rejuvenation of Vršovice is Kateřina McCreary, owner of the popular café-bar Sladkovský. When we spoke there, I asked McCreary what had inspired her to open the place three years ago.  More

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Czech industry looks askance as Berlin prolongs aid for heavy energy users

18-04-2014 13:53 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: archive of Radio Prague The target of rounding off Europe’s internal energy market by the end of the year is a no hoper. More worrying, some moves suggest that a completely piecemeal not than completed market might be the more likely outcome with prolonged German low electricity...  More

Business News

18-04-2014 10:54 | Jan Richter

Photo: Škoda Auto In this week’s Business News: Škoda Auto sees car rent revolution; private rail operators target Slovakia; lower takings for Tesco tills; Brno belatedly courts Amazon; and ovine sales surge over Easter.  More

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Current Affairs

Will Czech Republic end restrictions on foreigners’ political rights?

17-04-2014 15:06 | Jan Richter

Photo: European Commission The Czech Republic is facing proceedings at the EU’s Court of Justice over restricting the political rights of EU nationals residing in the country. They can run in local and European elections but are not allowed to join Czech political parties or form...  More

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Education minister says it is time to take radical action against growing aggression in schools

17-04-2014 16:16 | Daniela Lazarová

Illustrative photo: Filip Jandourek A recent incident at a home for children with behavioral problems where two teenagers brutally attacked their teacher with a screwdriver has sparked a debate on the criminal liability of minors with the education minister proposing tougher punishment...  More

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In Focus

Czechs increasingly charitable despite economic woes

15-04-2014 14:58 | Masha Volynsky

Photo: archive of ČRo 7 - Radio Prague Over the past two decades, philanthropy has become an important part of Czech society, with many people being increasing generous in giving to charity. Radio Prague looks at how the gloomy economic climate affected Czech philanthropy in the past year,...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

14-04-2014 15:30 | Ian Willoughby

Sparta Prague - Slavia Prague, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Sparta take another step closer to first title in four years with win over relegation-threatened Slavia, while Plzeň fall further off pace; bottom placed Ostrava sack František Komňacký; and Kladno are relegated from hockey’s...  More

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