29-04-2016 15:57

Current Affairs

Czech Republic takes stand on drugs policy at UN conference

29-04-2016 14:37 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Filip Jandourek

Photo: Filip Jandourek

A United Nations international conference on drugs policy recently wrapped up in New York with deep divisions still on show between countries using prohibition, harsh laws, and penalties in an attempt to stamp out drugs and those promoting a more humane approach based on treatment of addicts. The Czech Republic is firmly in the second camp and its health minister believes it made a significant impact at the conference.  More

Czech Republic sees record rise in number of HIV cases

29-04-2016 14:37 | Jan Velinger

HIV virus, photo: renjith krishnan / While the number of people infected with HIV in the Czech Republic remains comparatively low, there is no question the situation is getting worse each year. 2015 saw 266 new cases of infection registered, and February 2016 alone saw the most new cases in a single month since 1985.  More


Czech nurse finds second home in Saudi Arabia

28-04-2016 16:39 | Daniela Lazarová

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, photo: Public Domain Six years ago Zuzana Tomášková made a bold decision to change her life. As a nurse and single mum she decided to move to Saudi Arabia in search of a better job and new experiences. Today, the country is her second home, she has made many friends in a multi-cultural environment and has learnt to accept the restrictions governing a woman’s life in Saudi Arabia.  More

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Travel Tip

Třeboňsko nature reserve

26-04-2016 11:04 | Dominik Jůn

Třeboň, photo: archive of Radio Prague Třeboňsko nature reserve spans an area of 700 km2 in the far south of Bohemia. Lying east of the hilly terrain of the Šumava region, the area is notable for its remarkably flat landscape – and is the only vast non-hilly environment of its kind in the Czech Republic to receive such special protection as a so-called CHKO (or landscape park). Not only that, but the Třeboň basin is also a UNESCO biosphere reserve. More

One on One

Havelite politics overshadowed in CR today but can bounce back, says Forum 2000 chief Jakub Klepal

25-04-2016 13:52 | Ian Willoughby

Jakub Klepal, photo: Kristýna Maková Forum 2000 was started 20 years ago this year as an annual conference on global issues. But where is the organisation at today, nearly five years after the death of founder Václav Havel? And – given developments on the Czech political scene in recent years – what shape is Havel’s own legacy now in? More

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Czech Books

Lucie Mikolajková: the translator as a restorer of paintings

23-04-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

Lucie Mikolajková, photo: David Vaughan Lucie Mikolajková is an unsung hero of Czech writing today. She is one of a number of untiring and underpaid translators, working quietly and out of the public gaze to bring Czech literature to English speakers and vice versa. As a literary translator Lucie has taken up some pretty tough challenges. More

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23-04-2016 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Terry Haass, photo: Czech Television Today in Mailbox: Listeners' response to the proposed new name Czechia; Iraqi refugees in the Czech Republic, memory of Český Těšín, mystery Czech quiz. Listeners/readers quoted: Karin Roos, Lynda-Marie Hauptmann, Stephen Hrebenach, Philippe D'Exelle, Alecx Schulz, Annika Tetzner, Jaroslav Tusek, Samuel Beckwith, Mark Palmer, George Frierson, Colin Rose, Alan Gale, Barry Jandera, Bonita Rhoads, Tim Knott, Ocean Eale, Evelyn Coviello, Paddy Phillips, Hans Verner Lollike, Jayanta Chakrabarty, Mary Lou Krenek.  More

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Agencies say time ripe for those looking for temp work

29-04-2016 14:17 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Štěpánka Budková With the summer holidays two months away, personnel agencies say the time is ripe for students and others to being applying for temp work, as firms ready to bolster regular staff numbers. Czech Radio reports that construction, landscaping and receptionist...  More

Business News

29-04-2016 12:25 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: archive of OKD In Business News this week: OKD warns of insolvency declaration; Tatra lands massive order for Egypt and Jordan; Direct Fly plane maker to shift production to China; average apartment prices rising by 6.0 percent; and 1.0 billion Chinese investment in...  More



Study arms Czech government in support of EU-US trade deal

27-04-2016 14:19 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: European Commission Around two weeks ago we reported on how various Czech groups were putting pressure on the Czech government regarding its stance over the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Agreement (TTIP), the deal aimed at paving the way for what might amount to a...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

25-04-2016 15:26 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Liberec win first Extraliga title in club’s history; Jágr’s Florida eliminated in NHL playoffs; and Viktoria Plzeň one point away from soccer league title with four rounds to go after win over Sparta in capital.   More

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Sunday Music Show

Lazer Viking – Delivering grade A bubblegum on debut Radical Karaoke

24-04-2016 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Lazer Viking, photo: official Facebook page of Lazer Viking On his Facebook profile Lazer Viking’s genre is listed as “slop pop/bubblegum punk/young oldies”. Going by his excellent 2015 debut Radical Karaoke, the colourful Czech artist – who previously traded as Boy Wonder and the Teen Sensations – has also been...  More

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Charles University – one of Charles IV’s greatest legacies to nation

23-04-2016 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Carolinum, photo: Kristýna Maková One of Charles IV’s many great legacies to the Czech nation is the Prague seat of learning that bears his name. When the Bohemian king and holy Roman emperor, born 700 years ago next month, established Charles University in the 1340s, it was the first...  More

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The Tap Tap’s ambitious new play Nefňuka premieres at Prague’s New Stage

22-04-2016 14:20 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Tap Tap Orchestra This Sunday, sees the premiere of a new play at Prague’s New Stage of the National Theatre by Prague’s famous Tap Tap Orchestra – a unique band mostly made up of disabled musicians. In the past, The Tap Tap were behind pop hits like Řiditel autobusu;...  More

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