20-10-2016 23:16

Current Affairs

Dalai Lama’s visit to Prague surrounded by controversy

20-10-2016 14:20 | Daniela Lazarová

Dalai Lama, Daniel Herman, photo: CTK

Dalai Lama, Daniel Herman, photo: CTK

A visit by the Dalai Lama to Prague this week has turned into a hot political issue. A joint statement by key politicians, reassuring Beijing of the country’s continued pro-China orientation, has evoked a storm of protests and accusations of “uncalled for, shameful servility“.  More

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Czech Republic sees new GE aircraft engine investment as signpost for future

20-10-2016 14:20 | Chris Johnstone

GE Aviation Prague, photo: CTK US manufacturing giant General Electric has signed an agreement to design and build a new generation of turbojet aircraft engines in the Czech Republic. Apart from the 500 new jobs that are promised, Czech politicians have highlighted the deal as an indicator of where the country wants to be with high paid jobs backed up by research and close ties with universities. More

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Nový Bor – a town in the heart of the Bohemian glass industry

20-10-2016 15:40 | Daniela Lazarová

Ajeto glassworks, photo: Libor Kukal The history of Nový Bor in North Bohemia- is indelibly linked with the art of glass-making. The tradition of glass making in the region goes back more than seven hundred years. Thanks to abundant stocks of wood –used as both fuel and raw material -and crushed quartz used in the melting of glass, the region provided ideal conditions for the craft. Glassworks in different areas date back to medieval times and have been traced due to various archaeological finds –such as small pieces of melted glass and fragments of moulds -in places where old glassworks used to stand.  More

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One on One

Eva Jiřičná, part 1: From a Protectorate childhood to Swinging London

17-10-2016 14:38 | Ian Willoughby

Eva Jiřičná, photo: Alžběta Švarcová Eva Jiřičná is perhaps the best-known living Czech architect. Her London-based firm Eva Jiricna Architects is famous for its sleek boutiques and dramatic staircases, while in recent decades she has designed a number of acclaimed buildings in her native country. Based in the UK since the late 1960s, Jiřičná was born in the Moravian town of Zlín, where her dad was an architect with the Baťa shoe company. In the first half of a two-part interview, Eva Jiřičná, who is 77, recalls her early childhood in the Nazi Protectorate. More

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My Prague

My Prague – Jana Ciglerová

15-10-2016 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Jana Ciglerová, photo: archive of Jana Ciglerová Journalist Jana Ciglerová has held several positions at the top Czech dailies Mladá fronta DNES and Lidové noviny, and now writes for the former’s weekly supplement Magazín DNES. Our tour of “her Prague” soon turns into a very enjoyable trip down memory lane, starting at Velryba (The Whale) on Opatovická St. The café has been one of the best spots of its kind in the city for nearly two and a half decades.  More

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Czech spark plug producer in Russian expansion

20-10-2016 15:20 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Brisk Tábor Investment in Russia by Czech spark plug producer Brisk Tábor has been highlighted as one particular bright spot in problematic Czech-Russian trade and investment relations.   More

Czech automobile industry rolls out one million cars in first nine months

19-10-2016 15:14 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Czech Government A new record has been set in the Czech car industry: one million vehicles produced in the first nine months. It is the first time that the mark was surpassed in Q3, a rise of 7.3 percent in production over the same period last year.   More


Sunday Music Show

Republic of Two – Indie folk duo return to nature on latest LP

16-10-2016 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Indies MG The Prague band Republic of Two comprises Jiří Burian and Mikoláš Růžička, both of whom perform the music, sing and write the songs. After releasing their well-received debut LP, the indie folk duo were named Best New Act at the Czech equivalent of the...  More

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Prague company brings new bilingual production of The Winter’s Tale to the Estates Theatre

14-10-2016 16:21 | Jan Velinger

The Estates Theater in Prague, photo: National Theater / ERHT This Friday, theatre-goers in Prague have a second chance to see a brand-new production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale at the magical Estates Theatre. The play is the only one which Shakespeare set partly in ancient Bohemia and, fittingly, the production...  More

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08-10-2016 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Franz Xaver Niemetschek Today in Mailbox: Response to programmes on 15th century Czech scholar Paul Craw, the name "Czechia" and Operation Anthropoid. Listeners/readers quoted: David Willson, Bob McKendrick, Stephen Hrebenach, Mark Karel Dolezal, Hans Verner Lollike, Jayanta...  More

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