04-12-2013 18:43 CET | Masha Volynsky
- The lower house has failed to elect the fourth deputy chairman after four rounds of voting.
- Antonín Saleta has received a 9-year prison sentence and was ordered to pay 153 million crowns for his involvement in the ‘heist of the century’.
- Meteorologists have issued warnings of strong winds and snowdrifts for the end of the week.
Negotiations on the new government between the Social Democrats, ANO 2011 and the Christian Democrats are continuing with the number of cabinet seats being floated at 17 or 18. But regarding who will serve in the cabinet, the parties are keeping quiet. There is growing speculation Lubomír Zaorálek or Jiří Dienstbier could be forward by the Social Democrats, but also concern that the president would refuse to appoint them. More
Archaeologists in Israel believe they have indentified a unique mediaeval Bohemian coin found in 2009 in the former crusaders’ city of Acre. The experts say the coin was minted during the reign of King Przemysl Ottokar II in the second half of the 13th century; if that is the case, the coin would bear the earliest known depiction of the king, as well as historically the first usage of the title “King of Bohemia”. More
Pavel Blažek spent three weeks in September taking panoramic photographs of long abandoned Soviet labour camps in Siberia for the project Gulag.cz. His work now forms a unique “virtual museum” via which people around the world can view places where thousands of prisoners lost their lives on a never completed railway line. More
In Sports News this Monday: Plzeň fans give future national team boss Vrba emotional send-off after last league game; leaders Sparta’s final game before winter break throws up curious incidents; and skier Bauer tops World Cup podium for first time in nearly four years. More
Today in Mailbox: Results of the My Czech Story photo competition; listeners’ comments on Radio Prague’s programmes; answers to last month’s mystery Czech quiz. Listeners/readers quoted: Jonathan Murphy, Frank Miata, Stephen Hrebenach, Colin Law, Juan Carlos Gil Mongio, Charles Konecny. More
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Prague this week hosted the annual USA and European Union Days conference where several prominent international and Czech figures discussed transatlantic cooperation and the role of both the US and the EU in international affairs. Among the keynote speakers... More
Last week saw the 5th inception of Sexistické prasátečko (Sexist Little Pig), a competition run by the NGO Nesehnutí critical of sexism in advertising. The anti-award is voted on by members of the public and by a jury annually; some of the entries this... More
Czechs have a worse view of corruption in their country than they did last year, according to the annual Corruption Perception Index that the organization Transparency International released this week. Worldwide, the Czech Republic went down three notches... More
Tomáš Ujfaluši, a member of Czech football’s ‘golden generation’ which featured the likes of players like Milan Baroš, Jan Koller and Pavel Nedvěd, has decided to hang up his boots. The 35-year-old defender, who played for clubs like Fiorentina and Atletico... More
The Czech hard rock band Katapult formed in the early 1970s to become one of the most popular acts of the era. With its straight-forward, heavy sound and simple lyrics, the trio drew large crowds at a time when rock music was often targeted by the communist... More