30-06-2016 19:39

Current Affairs

Debate begins on ‘new’ reformed EU

30-06-2016 15:15 | Jan Velinger

Bohuslav Sobotka, photo: CTK

Bohuslav Sobotka, photo: CTK

Almost a week since Great Britain took the momentous decision to leave the European Union the remaining 27 members – including the Czech Republic – have scrambled to look for positives and possible ways forward. The Czech prime minister has joined others in setting out some opening negotiating markers but is also under fire at home from those who want to widen the debate.  More

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KVIFF programme chief’s tips: Swiss Army Man, People Next Door section and restored Intimate Lighting

30-06-2016 11:20 | Ian Willoughby

'Swiss Army Man', photo: Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary Who better to ask for tips about this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival than its artistic director Karel Och? On the eve of the biggest movie event of the year in the Czech Republic, I caught up with its head of programming – and began by asking him if there were any particularly noteworthy special sections this year.  More

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National baseball team coach Mike Griffin on the popularity of baseball in the Czech Republic

30-06-2016 16:04 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Dirk Ziegener / freeimages Prague Baseball Week is underway in the Czech capital offering games every day; baseball has grown increasingly popular in the Czech Republic over the last twenty years with eight teams competing in top flight Extraliga.  More

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In Focus

Businessman Milan Kroupa on building a new life in Canada

28-06-2016 16:03 | Ruth Fraňková

Milan Kroupa, photo: Jana Trpišovská One of the recipients of this year’s Gratias Agit Awards, handed out by the Foreign Ministry to those promoting a good name of the Czech Republic abroad, was Milan Kroupa, a Czech born businessman living in Canada. Mr Kroupa left Czechoslovakia in the 1960s and after making his way to Canada, he established his own cleaning company, which is currently offering services in all of the country' provinces. Besides that, Mr Kroupa supports a number of activities by Czech compatriot organisations and is one of the main sponsors of the Czech Studies Funds, providing exchange programmes for Czech students.  More

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One on One

Challenge for V4 to avoid ending on periphery of changing EU, says Harvard’s Grzegorz Ekiert

27-06-2016 12:25 | Ian Willoughby

Grzegorz Ekiert, photo: archive of Harvard University Grzegorz Ekiert is director of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. An expert on democratisation, the Polish-born political scientist recently gave a talk at Prague’s Václav Havel Library exploring the unraveling of the pro-European consensus in the Visegrad states and the major challenges facing the region. Our conversation – which took place prior to the UK’s seismic Brexit vote – began with the issue of how ready Central and Eastern European states were for democracy when communism collapsed.  More

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Czech Life

Pitting robots against robots in competitions from Bear Rescue to Ketchup House

25-06-2016 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Charles University This weekend saw the return of Robotic Day in Prague, organised for the 13th time by the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University. Teams, largely of students from either university or high school, who registered to compete, tested their designs in various competitions with colourful names like Bear Rescue and Ketchup House. Most importantly Sunday of the two-day event was open to the public, for anyone interested in seeing some of the robots for themselves. More

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US Sokol helped organisation survive through dark times in Czechoslovakia, says first female president Jean Hruby

25-06-2016 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Barbora Kmentová The Sokol gymnastics organisation – motto: a sound mind in a sound body – became an important element in the Czech National Revival when it was founded in Prague in 1862. A mere three years later it went international with the establishment of American Sokol in St. Louis, Missouri. Today American Sokol is still going strong, and has its first ever female national president, Jean Hruby.  More

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Centre developing driverless car technology to open in Prague

30-06-2016 10:00 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: archive of Valeo The French company Valeo is planning to open a new centre aimed at developing driverless car technology in Prague this coming December. The move will make the Czech capital one of the leading centres in the world in the growing field of autonomous cars,...  More

Major transport projects set for green light as EC agrees exemptions

29-06-2016 13:52 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: CTK The Czech Republic has negotiated a deal in Brussels that spells a green light for a number of major transport projects, the country’s prime minister announced on Wednesday. The projects will not now require fresh environmental impact assessments, meaning...  More

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Czech competitiveness under the spotlight

29-06-2016 11:45 | Chris Johnstone

Tomáš Víšek, Michal Nebeský, Libor Michálek, Martin Tlapa, Irena Bartoňová-Pálková, photo: archive of Czech Senate Competitiveness is one of those vogue terms that appears to be employing a lot of grey matter around the world. And the Czech Republic is no exception with the government, business groups, and recently one lawmaker from the upper house of parliament,...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

27-06-2016 15:40 | Jan Velinger

Leopold König, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: König to head Czech road cycling team at summer Olympics; Jágr wins Golden Hockey Stick for player of year; Wild card Radek Štěpánek to face Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon.   More

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Sunday Music Show

Legendary folk and country music Porta festival marks 50th anniversary

26-06-2016 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Jana Huzilová This week’s edition of Sunday Music Show is dedicated to the legendary country and folk music festival Porta, which celebrates its 50th edition this weekend. Established in 1967 by a group of music enthusiasts, the festival gradually evolved into one...  More

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Cat and Mouse

25-06-2016 02:01 | Clare Profous

Photo: 4028mdk09, CC BY 3.0 Unported Hello and welcome to a new edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can learn Czech phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today we will be listening to the song “Jaký to je” or “How it is” sung by Ewa Farna. The words...  More

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Puppeteers’ Chrudim: A festival for puppetry fans and troupes from all around the Czech Republic

24-06-2016 15:43 | Jan Velinger

Puppeteers’ Chrudim (Loutkářská Chrudim), one of the longest-running puppetry festivals in the world, is just around the corner. Held in the town of Chrudim, east of Pragueit begins next week for the 65th time.  More

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18-06-2016 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Today in Mailbox: Radio Prague's writing contest, response to Radio Prague broadcasts, monthly listeners' quiz. Listeners/readers quoted: Roger Chambers, S J Agboola, Mahesh Jain, Chun-quan Meng, Hans Verner Lollike, Radhakrishna Pillai, Jayanta...  More

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