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Czech foreign minister dismisses president's anti-terrorism policy

28-01-2015 13:28 | Dominik Jůn

Lubomír Zaorálek, photo: Filip Jandourek

Lubomír Zaorálek, photo: Filip Jandourek

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek has publicly rebuked comments made by President Miloš Zeman regarding how best to fight against Islamic radicalism. Zeman used an event marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz to warn of the threat of a new “Superholocaust”. But the Czech foreign minister was quick to distance the Czech government from the head of state’s remarks.  More

Future of historic Werich Villa decided after years of speculation

28-01-2015 14:46 | Ruth Fraňková

Werich Villa, photo: Filip Jandourek After years of speculation regarding its future, the famous Werich Villa on Prague’s Kampa, once the home of the famous Czech actor Jan Werich, is set to get a new tenant. The Prague authorities have just decided to rent the historical building to the Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation, which will turn it into the Voskovec and Werich Arts and Social Centre in honour of the great Czech acting duo.  More

Marketplace

Ownership changes help spark new media flurry in Czech Republic

28-01-2015 14:22 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Bin im Garten, CC BY-SA 3.0 Traditional Czech newspapers appear to be losing their allure under new ownership. Readership and advertising revenues are down. Meanwhile, though, a raft of new media titles and concepts have hit the market, all trying to find the magic formula for success.  More

One on One

Energy of ‘90s Prague was invigorating, says Maltese writer Alex Vella Gera

26-01-2015 15:50 | Ian Willoughby

Alex Vella Gera, photo: Ian Willoughby Novelist Alex Vella Gera made headlines in his native Malta in 2009 when he found himself in court over a short story deemed obscene by the authorities. The piece had been written several years earlier, during a spell the writer – then in his 20s – spent living in Prague in the second half of the 1990s. Vella Gera has just been back in the Czech capital for the first time since then for a short visit. More

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Sports News

Sports News

26-01-2015 16:07 | Ian Willoughby

Tomáš Berdych, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Berdych facing bogey-man Nadal in Australian Open quarter-final; Kvitová exits in third round in Melbourne; Voráček plays down equaling All-Star Game points record; Rosický is star man for Arsenal; and Koudelka tops World Cup podium in Japan.  More

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Czech Life

Last British Wellington bomber, undergoing final stage of restoration work, could be used to honour Czechoslovak WW II airmen

24-01-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Jiří Hošek Public broadcaster Czech Radio has backed in initiative for a Vickers Wellington bomber undergoing restoration work in Great Britain to feature the markings of the Czechoslovak 311th squadron which flew with that type of RAF bomber in World War II. Czech Radio’s correspondent in London, Jiří Hošek, first learned of the reconstruction project last autumn, and came forward with the idea. What are the chances the plane could feature the colours of the 311th? And what is the aircraft’s place in Czechoslovak military history? Find out in today’s edition.  More

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Business

ČEZ CEO suggests new fuel tender should be held for Temelín reactors

27-01-2015 14:20 | Ruth Fraňková

Daniel Beneš, photo: Filip Jandourek A multi-billion crown tender to supply Czech power company ČEZ with nuclear fuel for its two Temelin reactors looks like it is on the horizon. ČEZ’s general manager and board chairman Daniel Beneš raised the prospect that the current contract of Russian...  More

Czech Republic likely to benefit from ECB economic boost, euro exchange rate bolstered

26-01-2015 11:50 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: adamr / FreeDigitalPhotos.net The Czech Republic can expect to get its small share of the benefits from the European Central Bank (ECB) move last week to pump a significant amount of money into the economy to boost growth and fuel inflation. The move will also help ease pressure...  More

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In Focus

Texan builds business on DIY skills

27-01-2015 15:05 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: DIY Praha Do you need a new shelf but you are fed up with going to IKEA again? Well, why not try making it yourself? If you don’t have the space or the tools, you can visit a DIY workshop in the centre of Prague. In case you are lacking the experience and skills,...  More

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Current Affairs

President Zeman warns of “appeasement” of Islamic radicals

27-01-2015 13:46 | Dominik Jůn

Miloš Zeman, photo: CTK Czech President Miloš Zeman has called on the world to deal with Islamic radicalism the same way it ultimately had to deal with Nazism in the 1940s. The comments were made at Prague Castle before dozens of European leaders as part of events marking the...  More

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Berdych stuns Nadal at Australian Open

27-01-2015 15:22 | Jan Velinger

Tomáš Berdych, photo: CTK Czech men’s tennis number one Tomáš Berdych has reached the semi-final of this year’s Australian Open, powering past Rafael Nadal in straight sets. In victory, Berdych snapped a 17 match losing streak against Nadal and will now face Great Britain’s Andy...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Kieslowski – Downtempo duo get intimate on Mezi Lopatky

25-01-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Indies Scope Records Mezi Lopatky, the third LP from Prague group Kieslowski, was one of the most acclaimed local indie releases of 2014. Duo Marie Kieslowski and David Pomahač describe themselves as “urban folk” and “amplified acoustic”, though their downtempo sound and...  More

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Letter from Prague

Masaryk, tech visionary?

24-01-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, photo: YouTube One is so used to black-and-white photographs depicting Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the founder of Czechoslovakia, as stern, dignified, even iconic looking that a video posted on YouTube in which he playfully speaks to camera is almost startling.   More

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