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Czech Republic seeks to reset relations with Austria at higher level

31-07-2014 14:40 | Chris Johnstone

Werner Faymann and Bohuslav Sobotka, photo: ČTK

Werner Faymann and Bohuslav Sobotka, photo: ČTK

Austria’s long serving Social Democrat head of government was in Prague Thursday for his second meeting with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka in just over two months. The meetings are a sign that Prague wants to elevate relations with Vienna to a much higher level.  More

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Czech plastic bottle crew “abandons ship” in face of German red tape

31-07-2014 14:30 | Jan Richter

Photo: ČTK Earlier this month, a group of Czech adventurers set out on a 900-km journey to the German port of Hamburg, peddling down the Elbe River on a boat made of plastic bottles. But their voyage has come to an early end as Germany’s river traffic rules made it impossible for them to continue. The group now wants to complete their trip on dry land.  More

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Panorama

Clam-Gallas family correspondence provides moving testimony of the two world wars – Part I

31-07-2014 12:40 | Daniela Lazarová, David Hamr

Chris Kelly is the granddaughter of Edina Winkelbauer, nee Clam-Gallas (1889-1970), a member of the old nobility who was a nurse with the Knights of Malta on the Italian front in WW I. On her mother's death Chris Kelly inherited a collection of more than 500 letters – correspondence between members of her family during World War I and World War II. The letters her grandmother sent from the front and others exchanged by family members during World War II are a moving document of the times and reveal how the wars changed her family’s fortunes and impacted the lives of her ancestors. In an interview for Czech Radio Chris Kelly explains how much insight she gained through this precious family legacy.  More

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Marketplace

South Koreans step up investments in Czech Republic

30-07-2014 16:21 | Jan Richter

Photo: ČTK The Czech Republic has secured another major foreign investment with the South Korean car parts maker Hyundai Mobis signing a deal to build a factory outside Ostrava. It’s the third large South Korean investment project in the Czech Republic – but new EU rules on incentives could make it harder for the country to attract big foreign investors in the future.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

28-07-2014 14:55 | Ian Willoughby

Leopold König, photo: ČTK In Sports News this Monday: Czech König finishes seventh overall in debut Tour de France – and is already looking forward to next year; champions Sparta win opening game of new soccer season while Plzeň draw puts pressure on manager Uhrin.  More

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Sunday Music Show

Michal Hrůza - From Ready Kirken to Kapela Hrůzy

27-07-2014 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Michal Hrůza, photo: Adam Kebrt Michal Hrůza is one of the Czech Republic’s most notable singers and songwriters. The 43-year-old, who hails from Turnov, got his start in the mid-1990s with Ready Kirken with whom he wrote numerous hits, before moving on to a solo career and performing with Kapela Hrůzy. More

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Business

Czech business awaits Russian retaliation against latest EU sanctions

31-07-2014 13:18 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Although Czech politicians have made soothing sounds about the impact of stricter EU sanctions on Czech business, the risk of counter measure from Moscow are a source of concern.   More

Breweries banking on branded hostelries as pub sales of beer decline

30-07-2014 16:08 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: archive of Radio Prague While Czechs are among Europe’s most prodigious consumers of beer, the percentage sold in the country’s pubs has fallen to a historic low. This has led breweries to push their own branded restaurants, linking the pub experience to sport and quality dining...  More

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Current Affairs

Tough new sanctions against Russia likely to also negatively impact Czech firms

30-07-2014 15:33 | Jan Velinger

Vladimir Putin, photo: ČTK The European Union on Tuesday agreed on the toughest new sanctions so far against Russia. The move comes after the country was charged it had supplied heavy weapons to rebels in Ukraine and following outrage that international investigators were still...  More

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MPs vote to raise cigarette prices in order to meet EU directive

30-07-2014 16:17 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Kristýna Maková The price of cigarettes in the Czech Republic is due to rise by up to four crowns for a pack of 20. Wednesday’s approval of the price hike in the lower house followed a fall in the value of the crown that left the Czech Republic in contravention of a...  More

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In Focus

First woman rabbi Regina Jonas honoured in Terezín

29-07-2014 16:53 | Jan Richter

Regina Jonas, foto: public domain Almost eighty years after her ordination, the world’s first woman rabbi, Regina Jonas, has been honoured at the former Nazi concentration camp in Terezín. Several of her successors, including the first American female rabbi Sally Priesand, attended the...  More

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One on One

Close brush with death gave me chance to become known writer, says humourist Steve Fisher

28-07-2014 15:22 | Ian Willoughby

Steve Fisher, photo: Ian Willoughby Steve Fisher has a humorous column in the weekly Reflex that regularly provides a highly amusing take on Czech life from a foreigner’s perspective. The US-born author has had a host of other jobs in over two decades in Prague, including radio DJ, bit-part...  More

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Czech Life

Prague developer turns tour guide as Wenceslas Square planning battle heats up

26-07-2014 02:01 | Chris Johnstone

Wenceslas Square 47, visualisation: Flow East Amid the tourist bustle of central Prague this week a tour with a difference was taking place. Czechs turned up in their droves when development company Flow East opened the doors to some of its historic buildings. But the developer’s first initiative...  More

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