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New European Commission, including Czech Republic's Věra Jourová, faces tough tasks ahead

23-10-2014 15:07 | Jan Velinger

Jean-Claude Juncker, photo: CTK

Jean-Claude Juncker, photo: CTK

The new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker received a relatively strong endorsement from MEPs on Wednesday, roughly ten days before it assumes office on November 1. The new commission includes the Czech Republic’s Věra Jourová - the commissioner for justice, consumer rights and gender equality – who, along with other members, will face tough tasks ahead. More

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World-renowned author Yan Lianke awarded Franz Kafka Prize

23-10-2014 15:07 | Ruth Fraňková

Yan Lianke, photo: CTK The world-renowned Chinese writer Yan Lianke arrived in Prague this week to collect the annual Franz Kafka prize. The 55-year old writer has become the fourteenth recipient of the international literary award, which is given to authors whose work appeals to readers across different cultures. Among the previous winners were Austria’s Elfriede Jelinek and British playwright Harold Pinter, both of whom went on to win the Nobel Prize in literature the same year.  More

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Panorama

Prague City Tourism presents Czech capital as unrivalled beer gastronomy centre

23-10-2014 15:09 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Barbora Kmentová Prague City Tourism has just launched a million-crown-campaign aimed at attracting more Czech visitors to Prague. The campaign provides a powerful incentive for people to overcome their reluctance to spend money at home: a wide variety of the best beers, special discount offers and good food.  More

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In Focus

Czech Philharmonic to broadcast live for the first time in Czech and Slovak cinemas

21-10-2014 16:27 | Ruth Fraňková

Jiří Bělohlávek, photo: Zdeněk Chrapek For the first time in history, a concert by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra will reach an audience of thousands in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This weekend the philharmonic’s concert at Prague’s Rudolfinum will be broadcast live in around thirty Czech and Slovak cinemas.  More

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One on One

Thomas Szende: co-founder of the Prague Thrift Store

20-10-2014 15:46 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: archive of Prague Thrift Store Thomas Szende, a Budapest-born management consultant moved to the Czech Republic in 2005 where, along with his wife, he founded the Prague Thrift Store. When we met up to talk about his successful endeavour, I noted that the stores are charity-oriented, which is quite a rare thing to see in the Czech Republic. More

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Sports News

Sports News

20-10-2014 13:59 | Ian Willoughby

Milan Baroš, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Baroš fails to make dream return to Baník Ostrava after missing chance in dying minutes; Plzeň remain top of league; Berdych wins in Stockholm for 10th title of career; Kvitová prepares for first match at WTA Finals; and Třinec are way out in front in Extraliga.  More

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Czech Life

Artist Jen Lewin and organiser Pavel Sedlák on the Prague Light Festival

18-10-2014 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

'The Pool', photo: archive of Signal festival Hello and welcome to a special programme looking at the upcoming Signal Prague Light Festival, which is taking place from 16-19th October. It is the second year that the festival is reaching Prague, bringing light art works to various locations across the city.  More

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Business

Senate approves third, reduced VAT rate

23-10-2014 16:17 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Barbora Kmentová The Senate on Wednesday approved a draft bill which would introduce a third Value Added Tax rate. The 10-percent rate should apply to books, medicine and baby food as of January 2015.   More

Czech MPs pave way for FATCA deal with US

22-10-2014 16:37 | Jan Richter

Photo: Dani Simmonds / freeimages The lower house of Parliament has approved legislation that allows the exchange of information about banking accounts with other countries. The bill is a prerequisite for the implementation of the FATCA agreement with the United States which will require...  More

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Marketplace

Wild boars cause millions of crowns in damage in agriculture sector

22-10-2014 15:53 | Jan Velinger

Wild boar, photo: archive of Radio Prague Uprooted earth, ruined fields, leftover bits of corn, beetroot and wheat gobbled up: each year, wild boars in the Czech Republic cause extensive damage. Legally, game keeping associations are responsible for the regulation of population levels; in the...  More

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Current Affairs

Pyrotechnics team reaches epicentre of munitions site blast

22-10-2014 15:51 | Jan Velinger

Photo: CTK Members of a police pyrotechnical team this week reached the epicentre of a blast which destroyed a munitions depot in Vrbětice, near Zlín, last Thursday. Two people remain missing but it will be some time before a proper search can be conducted in the...  More

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Defence minister slammed over remarks made by his TV show character

22-10-2014 15:51 | Jan Richter

Martin Stropnický in Afghanistan, photo: archive of Czech Army Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnický has come under fire over his role as a detective in a popular TV crime show. An actor by profession, Mr Stropnický has remained on the cast of the series even after he was appointed minister. But his character’s...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Monikino Kino: CzechoSlovak duo explore arc of relationship on debut

19-10-2014 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Monikino Kino - 'Prázdniny', photo: Slnko Records The first album by the Czecho-Slovak duo Monikino Kino (Petr Marek of MIDI LIDI and Monika Midriaková) reflects the story of a relationship from start to finish in a series of songs combining intimate electronic pop with reflective, playful lyric.   More

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My Prague

My Prague – Nancy Bishop

18-10-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Nancy Bishop, photo: archive of Nancy Bishop Countless Hollywood movies and TV series have been shot in the Czech Republic in the last two decades. Casting director Nancy Bishop, who moved to Prague in 1994, has worked on many of those projects, from The Bourne Identity to Mission Impossible IV...  More

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