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Finance minister calls for referendum on euro adoption

01-06-2015 13:29 | Chris Johnstone

Andrej Babiš, photo: CTK

Andrej Babiš, photo: CTK

ANO leader Andrej Babiš has created a political flurry with his suggestion that Czechs should be given a chance to vote on whether to dump the crown for the single currency euro. The question could, he says, be twinned with parliamentary elections. But the suggestion has been given a mixed reception and faces many hurdled. More

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Sports News

Sports News

01-06-2015 15:31 | Ian Willoughby

Tomáš Berdych, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Berdych knocked out in third round at French Open but Šafářová into last eight in Paris; rower Knapková takes gold in Poznan while Synek must accept second place after period of dominance; and Lafata becomes first home-based player to win football’s Golden Ball.  More

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One on One

A good film should be comprehensible with the volume off, says Oscar-winning cameraman Walter Lassally

01-06-2015 14:49 | Ian Willoughby

Walter Lassally with his Oscar, photo: Christophe Dupin, CC BY-SA 3.0 German-born cameraman Walter Lassally worked on some of the greatest films produced in the British New Wave of the 1960s, including classics such as The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and A Taste of Honey. The recipient of an Oscar for Zorba the Greek, he also has some Czech connections, including shooting the movie The Clown with his friend Vojtěch Jasný.  More

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My Prague

My Prague – Eugen Kukla

30-05-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Eugen Kukla on a rowboat on the Vltava, photo: Ian Willoughby Born in Prague and living in the downtown area, photographer Eugen Kukla is highly knowledgeable about the history of his native city. Taking time out from preparing for an exhibition of his work that starts at Velryba café next week, he suggests we begin our tour of “his Prague” at the spot on Old Town Square where a Baroque Marian column stood for over 250 years. A member of an association pushing to have it rebuilt, Kukla explains how the monument was toppled in November 1918, shortly after the foundation of Czechoslovakia. More

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Arts

Baťa Lives – A documentary film maps life in “Baťa cities” around the world

29-05-2015 16:30 | Jan Velinger

Batanagar, photo: Karolína Garguláková In this week’s Arts, I talk to Karolína Garguláková, an independent filmmaker who, with her husband Lukáš, is producing Baťa Lives about inhabitants of neighborhoods built by the famous Baťa Shoe Company in cities around the world. Such areas, designed according to the same basic blueprint, still exist in the Netherlands, India, Brazil or Canada. It would be a mistake to think, however, the film was a history of the Baťa business empire. More

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Marketplace

Czech European exports rise in spite of push to diversify markets

27-05-2015 14:48 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Calvin Teo, CC BY-SA 2.5 Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mládek came into his current post just over 15 months ago with a mission to change the country’s trade and investment policy. He criticized the former centre-right administration for damaging Czech business prospects in China and allowing foreign investment in the Czech Republic to diminish to a dribble.  More

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Business

Nuclear development plan sees time out on key reactor decisions

01-06-2015 13:43 | Chris Johnstone

Temelín, photo: archive of Radio Prague The Czech nuclear development plan lays out the broad strategy to build new nuclear reactors but is also seen calling a time out on the decisions when to push ahead with the investment and awarding the construction contract until electricity price developments...  More

Business News

29-05-2015 15:35 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Vitali Smolygin / Public Domain Pictures In Business News this week: Czech economy grows by 4.2 percent year on year in first quarter; Škoda Auto receives 49-million-crown fine for fixing margins with distributors; employment rate is lowest in 22 years; and over 50 percent of Czechs favour...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Songs for the campfire

31-05-2015 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Kristýna Maková With the summer holidays just around the corner, this edition of Sunday Music show turns the spotlight on the best known campfire staples, from old tramping songs to songs by famous folk musicians such as the Nedvěd brothers or Karel Kryl.   More

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An American foodie goes to Prague

Vegetarianism in a meat-dominated land

30-05-2015 02:01 | Halley Crane

Illustrative photo: Kaleff / freeimages This week I challenged myself by eliminating the prime ingredient from the Czech diet — meat. I learned the phrase jsem vegetariánka (I’m vegetarian) in preparation for my endeavor. It seems that in most Czech dishes, meat is the main event, whether...  More

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Magazine

Magazine

30-05-2015 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Hurvínek, photo: archive of the Jablonec Muzeum of Glass and Glass Jewelry In Magazine: a Czech couple caught having sex in public in New Zealand argued that it was perfectly normal in the Czech Republic, the Jablonec Muzeum of Glass is showing figurines of famous politicians, storybook characters and fictional heroes, a third...  More

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Current Affairs

Education minister on the way out after paper accuses him of bullying subordinates

29-05-2015 15:10 | Daniela Lazarová

Marcel Chládek, photo: CTK Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on Thursday announced the dismissal of Education Minister Marcel Chládek. The decision came just hours after the daily Mladá fronta Dnes published an article accusing the minister of bullying his subordinates. While many...  More

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Panorama

Caritas helping ethnic Czechs from Ukraine build a new life in their old country

28-05-2015 16:06 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Filip Jandourek The repatriation of ethnic Czechs from Ukraine who asked to return to their old homeland over the unstable situation in their country began earlier this year. Close to one hundred people, mostly from Ukraine’s Volhynia region, are building a new life...  More

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