18-01-2017 19:27

Current Affairs

Czech govt. official: UK must “very quickly” say how it will deal with EU residents

18-01-2017 14:42 | Ian Willoughby

Theresa May, photo: CTK

Theresa May, photo: CTK

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has outlined uncompromising plans for her country’s exit from the EU, including restricting workers from member states and quitting the common market. However, her speech on Tuesday has also raised a host of questions, particularly for people from other EU states currently resident in Britain.  More

Swedish director Ninja Thyberg’s works among films showcased at Prague Short Film Festival

18-01-2017 14:42 | Jan Velinger

Ninja Thyberg - 'Hot Chicks', photo: archive of Prague Short Film Festival The 12th Prague Short Film Festival gets underway on January 18th. For the next four days visitors to Prague’s Světozor will be able to view some of the very best short films from around the world.  More


Debate develops over direction of Czech health care sector

18-01-2017 12:23 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Filip Jandourek Health looks set to be one of the political battlegrounds in upcoming Czech elections scheduled to take place in October. Some of the lines are already being drawn and that’s just between the two leading government parties, the Social Democrats, and ANO. And while the Czech healthcare system appears to be functioning pretty well, there are clear signs of strain and questions about where future financing will come from and whether the tried and tested framework should stay the same.  More

One on One

Commentator Daniel Anýž: Zeman set to dominate Czech-US relations during Trump presidency

16-01-2017 14:25 | Ian Willoughby

Daniel Anýž, photo: archive of Economia What will Donald Trump’s presidency mean for Czech-US relations? And is his ex-wife Ivana really in line to become American ambassador to Prague? Ahead of Mr. Trump’s inauguration on Friday I discussed those questions and much more with Daniel Anýž, a well-known commentator on Czech-US affairs who was based in Washington for several years.  More

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Czech History

Mrs. Thatcher’s triumphant Czechoslovak procession, the Union Jack car, and what to do with Denis

14-01-2017 02:01 | Chris Johnstone

Margaret Thatcher, photo: CC BY-SA 3.0 One of the annual milestone events in history is the annual New Year release of British government archives. Most of them become public after a period of 30 years. In the latest haul of documents being made public under a different timetable are papers from the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Office from 1989 and 1990. They give a picture of how Margaret Thatcher’s government and officials were struggling to get to grips with the rapid melt down of Communist regimes in Eastern Europe and the prospects of a united Germany.  More

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Prague set for end of pier reconstruction show

18-01-2017 15:41 | Ruth Fraňková

Edvard Beneš embankment, photo: ŠJů, CC BY-SA 3.0 The Directorate of Waterways of the Czech Republic is set to invest tens of millions of crowns into the renovation of a pier at the Vltava embankment in the centre of Prague. The 500-metre long metal pier, running along the Edvard Beneš embankment between...  More

Czech car production rises to record levels in 2016

17-01-2017 14:18 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Marián Birošík, Public Domain Car production in the Czech Republic increased by eight percent in 2016 compared to the previous year to a record figure of 1.344 million cars, the president of the Automotive Industry Association Bohdan Wojnar announced at a press conference on Tuesday....  More


In Focus

Czechs borrow to widen vocabulary

17-01-2017 15:07 | Ruth Fraňková

Illustrative photo: Štěpánka Budková How has the Czech language developed over the past four decades? What expressions do we borrow from other languages and which words have fallen into oblivion? These are just some of the question I asked Martin Prošek, the head of the Institute of the...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Zuzana Růžičková: overcoming the odds to world acclaim

15-01-2017 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Erato In today’s edition of Sunday Music Show we mark the 90th birthday of Zuzana Růžičková, one of the world’s leading harpsichordists. Despite enduring three concentration camps as well as Communist persecution, Zuzana Růžičková pursued her dream of becoming...  More

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Czech Books

Ewald Osers and the chemistry of translation

14-01-2017 02:01 | David Vaughan

Photo: Elliott & Thompson When the translator Ewald Osers died five years ago, it marked the end of an era. This year would have been his hundredth birthday, so with a bit of quick mathematics we can work out that he was already a young adult when the Second World War brought...  More

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