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President Zeman proposes “Finlandization” of Ukraine

26-11-2014 15:05 | Jan Richter

Miloš Zeman, photo: Filip Jandourek

Miloš Zeman, photo: Filip Jandourek

Czech President Miloš Zeman continues to stir controversy in the international arena. After criticising the EU’s sanctions against Moscow and questioning Russia’s involvement in the conflict in Ukraine, Mr Zeman has now suggested that Ukraine should drop its NATO aspirations. Instead, he argues, Ukraine should emulate Finland’s neutrality of the Cold War era.  More

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Popular composer and singer Petr Hapka dies at 70

26-11-2014 15:05 | Ian Willoughby

Petr Hapka, Michal Horáček, photo: CTK The popular Czech composer and singer Petr Hapka has died at the age of 70. Many hit songs that Hapka co-authored have become part of the culture, while he was also a prolific composer of music for film and television.  More

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Marketplace

Prague opens first package-free shop

26-11-2014 15:06 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: archive of Bezobalu Last week, the governments of EU countries, including the Czech Republic, unanimously approved a new law to cut down the number of plastic bags by 80 percent within the next ten years, with the aim to curb litter on land and in seas. A small non-profit organisation in Prague, called Bezobalu or Unpackaged, is already doing its share in the fight against excessive use of plastic. The group has recently opened a shop in the centre of Prague, where you can only buy unpackaged goods and take them home in your own containers.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

24-11-2014 16:40 | Ian Willoughby

Roman Koudelka, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Ski jumper Koudelka tops World Cup podium for first time for great start to season; speed skater Sablíková comes first in only second mass start race; Plzeň still top of league after win over Bohemians; and Sparta set to welcome Napoli in Europa League.  More

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One on One

Czechs getting into vintage clothing as concept catches on, says Bohemia Retro owner Rebecca Eastwood

24-11-2014 17:07 | Ian Willoughby

Rebecca Eastwood, photo: Ian Willoughby Prague’s Žižkov district is where you’ll find Bohemia Retro, a vintage clothing store packed with hard-to-find items mainly from pre-1989 Czechoslovakia. The cosy, colourful shop is run by Rebecca Eastwood, an expat Brit and part-time singer who has been resident here since the early 1990s.  More

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Sunday Music Show

Singer Ida Kelarová finds inspiration in her Romany roots

23-11-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Ida Kelarová, photo: archive of Radio Prague Singer Ida Kelarová is a singer, musician and choirmaster who performs some of the best Romany music to come out of the Czech Republic. But, ironically it was many years before she learnt of her Romany origin and was able to fully connect with her legacy.  More

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Magazine

Magazine

22-11-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Dominik Feri, photo: archive of TOP 09 In Magazine: a newly-elected councilor says his political success has resulted in a lot of bad hair days, Czechs like flirting in the workplace, curvy girls strip off in support of the fight against teenage anorexia and the country’s second richest man enjoys a communist-era “retro” lunch on the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.  More

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Business

Staropramen aims to replicate success of Potrefená husa chain with Naše hospoda pubs

26-11-2014 13:44 | Ian Willoughby

Naše hospoda Merkur, photo: archive of the restaurant After the success of its Potrefená husa chain, the Prague-based Staropramen brewery is planning a new network of restaurants under the banner Naše hospoda (Our Pub), Czech news websites have reported.   More

e-shops in Czech Republic get upper hand over stone & mortar stores

25-11-2014 14:47 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Radio Prague e-shops in the Czech Republic are expected to get a jump on shopping centres and other outlets in pre-Christmas sales, according to a new poll by GE Money Bank. This will be a first for internet dealers in the country.   More

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In Focus

Czechs increasingly generous, says organizer of national food collection

25-11-2014 16:00 | Jan Richter

Photo: CTK Over 170 tonnes of food was donated to Czech charities and NGOs in the second national food collection that took place over the weekend. Individuals, supermarket chains and food producers all chipped in to provide some 350,000 meals for those in need....  More

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Current Affairs

Social Democrat leadership up in arms over local government coalition with ultra-right party

25-11-2014 15:19 | Daniela Lazarová

Anti-Romany demonstration in Duchcov in 2013, photo: Gabriela Hauptvogelová A rift has developed within the Social Democratic Party over the decision of the local party organization in the north Bohemian town of Duchcov to enter into a coalition with the ultra-right Workers Party of Social Justice whose members have in the past...  More

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Political commentator Jiří Pehe: Duchcov coalition could seriously damage the Social Democrats

25-11-2014 15:19 | Daniela Lazarová

Jiří Pehe, photo: Šárka Ševčíková The situation in Duchcov, north Bohemia, where the Social Democrats have entered into a coalition with the ultra-right Workers Social Justice Party and the Communists and its possible implications for the Social Democratic Party have become a hotly debated...  More

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Czech Books

Irena Eliášová: a song to raise your spirits

22-11-2014 02:01 | David Vaughan

Irena Eliášová, photo: David Vaughan The poet, playwright and novelist Irena Eliášová spent her early childhood in a Romany village in south-western Slovakia. The memory of this time has become the defining experience in her writing. But Irena does not write just about the lost world of...  More

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Letter from Prague

Becoming Richard

22-11-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Illustrative photo: archive of Czech Radio My freshly acquired driving license gives my name as Ian Richard Willoughby. That is indeed what appears on my birth certificate. But strangely my middle name Richard, having played virtually no role in the first half of my life, has come to the fore...  More

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