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TOP 09 seeks Czech backing for Europe-wide media ownership rules

16-04-2014 15:07 | Chris Johnstone

Andrej Babiš, photo: Filip Jandourek

Andrej Babiš, photo: Filip Jandourek

The Czech media sector has often won international praise in the past for its freedom and independence. But some in the country are questioning whether that is still the case following the acquisitions by billionaire businessman, ANO leader, and current minister of finance, Andrej Babiš. The biggest centre-right opposition party in parliament, TOP 09, is seeking to make media ownership an issue in the upcoming European elections.  More

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Architecture critic: Plan to make freight station cultural hub could work at least in part

16-04-2014 15:07 | Ian Willoughby

Žižkov freight station, photo: Štěpánka Budková Plans are afoot to turn a former railroad freight station in the Prague district of Žižkov into a new cultural hub. The culture minister signed a memorandum on Tuesday with Czech Railways, the local town hall and a developer under which the largest preserved functionalist industrial building in the city could one day house the National Film Archive and other institutions. But does turning the listed freight station into a cultural centre make sense?  More

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Marketplace

Scandal prone Czech health care system gets mixed evaluation

16-04-2014 15:08 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Filip Jandourek The Czech health care sector is a frequent target of criticism from those inside looking out, those passing through, and those on the outside looking in. Scandals are fairly frequent, money for the service and praise from health care consumers often seem in short supply. We atempt to gauge the health of the sector and work out whether it is giving good value for money.  More

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In Focus

Czechs increasingly charitable despite economic woes

15-04-2014 14:58 | Masha Volynsky

Photo: archive of ČRo 7 - Radio Prague Over the past two decades, philanthropy has become an important part of Czech society, with many people being increasing generous in giving to charity. Radio Prague looks at how the gloomy economic climate affected Czech philanthropy in the past year, and how the donor culture has developed.  More

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One on One

Running café about far more than coffee and food, says Sladkovský’s Kateřina McCreary

14-04-2014 15:32 | Ian Willoughby

Krymská St., Café v lese on left halfway up, photo: Ian Willoughby Formerly a sleepy, in some parts grimy, neighbourhood, Vršovice has in recent times become one of the liveliest districts of Prague. Much of this activity centres on Krymská St., home to the very successful Café v lese and several other relatively new businesses. One of the people responsible for the rejuvenation of Vršovice is Kateřina McCreary, owner of the popular café-bar Sladkovský. When we spoke there, I asked McCreary what had inspired her to open the place three years ago.  More

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Magazine

Magazine

12-04-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Andrej Babiš, photo: Filip Jandourek In Magazine: cabinet ministers struggle to master the intricacies of Czech, a passer-by shames a road maintenance company by getting down to work on an unfinished pavement and Czech researchers say men’s facial traits reflect their intelligence, or lack of it, as the case may be.  More

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Business

Ministry report outlines future reduced VAT rates but details still to be settled

16-04-2014 15:25 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Filip Jandourek Czech consumers can look forward to having more change in their pockets after shopping trips if reported plans for the phase in of three levels of Value Added Tax come true. A preliminary document outlining the changes has already been drawn up by the...  More

New “spending squad” should oversee all large public investment projects

15-04-2014 15:08 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Filip Jandourek Squandering of public funds in ill-conceived investment projects has always been a big problem for Czech state administrations. Now the centre-left government is setting up a watchdog body which should assess the necessity for major investments and make...  More

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Current Affairs

New guidelines to help courts calculate bodily harm compensations

15-04-2014 13:22 | Jan Richter

Photo: Filip Jandourek The Czech Supreme Court has devised new guidelines for calculating settlements for bodily harm. The methodology, which comes in a reaction to rather vague provisions of the new Civil Code, should help unify court rulings on compensation for temporary...  More

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Constitutional Court issues precedent ruling on bank fees

15-04-2014 14:35 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Barbora Kmentová Czech banking institutions, most of whom still observe the unpopular practice of charging fees for managing loan and mortgage accounts, can breathe a sigh of relief. In a closely watched case the Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled that the practice...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

14-04-2014 15:30 | Ian Willoughby

Sparta Prague - Slavia Prague, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Sparta take another step closer to first title in four years with win over relegation-threatened Slavia, while Plzeň fall further off pace; bottom placed Ostrava sack František Komňacký; and Kladno are relegated from hockey’s...  More

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Sunday Music Show

‘Roll Out the Barrel’ composer Jaromír Vejvoda

13-04-2014 02:01 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Supraphon This week’s Sunday Music Show is dedicated to a Czech composer and band member Jaromír Vejvoda whose work is probably a lot better known than he was in spite of his prolific output.   More

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Czech Books

Helga Weissová-Hošková: painting the truth of Terezín. Part 2

12-04-2014 02:01 | David Vaughan

Helga Weissová-Hošková and her painting, photo: David Vaughan In the last Czech Books we met the artist Helga Weissová-Hošková, who talked about her remarkable wartime diaries. She drew and described what she saw and experienced in the Terezín ghetto, where she was sent at the age of just twelve in 1941. Amazingly,...  More

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