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Current AffairsPlight of Vietnamese baby brings attention to law limiting foreigners' rights to health insurance

21-12-2005 15:09 | Dita Asiedu

The cries of little Do have won the hearts of children's ward staff at a hospital in the North Bohemian town of Most. Do was born prematurely and had to spend months in an incubator. He suffers from a high blood sugar level and has to undergo eye surgery. His parents are from Vietnam but have been living in the Czech Republic for several years now. When Do was born, his parents weren't Czech citizens and due to Czech law, their son had no health insurance.   More

Current AffairsParoubek calls on Austria over jobs as Skromach threatens restrictions

16-12-2005 13:46 | Rob Cameron

Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek, photo: CTK European Union leaders meet in Brussels on Friday for a summit dominated by the EU's budget. Indeed talks on the EU's finances are expected to be so tough there will be no room for anything else - certainly there will be little time for negotiations on the transition periods that prevent new members from free access to the EU's labour markets. But the free movement of labour remains uppermost in the new members' minds.   More

Current AffairsMinistry plans to improve information for prospective foreign workers

15-12-2005 14:08 | Rob Cameron

Photo: European Commission The Interior Ministry has announced plans to reform its network of information offices in foreign countries, as part of the government's attempts to fight on illegal immigration. Existing offices will concentrate on explaining on how migrants can work legally in the Czech Republic. Rob Cameron has more.   More

Current AffairsCzech politicians say restrictions on free movement of workers within EU should be removed

15-11-2005 13:39 | Pavla Horáková

Photo: European Commission When Czech politicians were convincing Czech voters to say "yes" in the referendum two years ago on joining the EU, one of the things they promised was that Czech workers would be able to find a job anywhere in the European Union. But with the exception of the United Kingdom, Ireland and Sweden, all "old" EU members introduced temporary legal barriers against a feared influx of workers from the east. No such thing has materialised in the three countries that allowed free movement of labour and that's one of the reasons why Czech politicians are now calling for the removal of those restrictions in the rest of the old EU 15.   More

Current AffairsOpening debate on the 'regularisation' of illegal workers

09-11-2005 14:02 | Brian Kenety

The shadow economy of the Czech Republic is thought to employ hundreds of thousands of undocumented workers. They come mainly from Ukraine and Slovakia, Vietnam and Russia. On Tuesday --just as the Interior Ministry was outlining plans to close several asylum centres due to dwindling numbers of refugees-- Czech non-profit organisations issued a clarion call for the "regularisation" of illegal workers.   More

One on OneNandanie and Asoke Weerasinghe - From Sri Lanka to Prague in the 1960s

27-09-2005 14:18 | Kay Grigar

In today's One on One I speak to Nandanie and Asoke Weerasinghe. Both are successful professionals in Alberta, Canada, thanks to their determination and a good education which started with a scholarship to study in Prague. Nandanie studied medicine at Charles University and Asoke engineering at Prague's Technical University. Prague is where they met; they eventually went on to complete their studies in Western Europe, emigrated to Canada and finally got married in their home country of Sri Lanka. They came to Czechoslovakia during the big changes of the mid 1960s. Many doors that closed for Czech students with the Soviet invasion of 1968, remained open for foreign students, granted they were successful in their exams. They had only had one year of intensive study to grasp the complexities of the Czech language. Now they are visiting the Czech Republic again, for the second time since their days as students here. Though eager to eat Czech food and drink Czech beer, the idea was not always so appealing for them. Asoke begins with his first impressions of Prague.  More

One on OneTheodore Whang - an American music teacher in Prague

06-09-2005 15:00 | Jan Velinger

Ted Whang In One on One Jan Velinger's guest is Ted Whang - an American music teacher and English teacher of Korean, Japanese, and Czech descent, who has lived and worked in Prague since 1992. Ted studied music education in Valpairaiso, Indiana, and taught piano and English in the now defunct theatre department at the conservatory in Prague. Involved in numerous music projects, he wrote the lyrics for several songs for two up & coming stars: contestants in first Czech edition of Pop Idol who have since become household names.  More

PanoramaUnleashing the (Czech) Puppetmaster within

18-08-2005 15:50 | Brian Kenety

Photo: Puppet theatre has been an integral part of Czech culture for centuries, and few tourists leave Prague without taking in a performance of Don Giovanni or the Marriage of Figaro, or at least bringing home a marionette, be it a devil or angel, king or court jester. Children here grow up on characters like Spejbl and Hurvinek; the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU) even offers a masters degree in "alternative and puppet theatre direction." So little wonder that enthusiasts from around the world journey to Prague to take workshops under master Czech puppet-makers like Miroslav Trejtnar. We caught up with Mirek and some of his students this week.  More


14-08-2005 | Dita Asiedu

In this week's Mailbox: How to apply for a job at Radio Prague, applying for a Green Card in the Czech Republic, animals in the Czech Coat of Arms, Radio Prague's discontinued 'Black Theatre of Prague' programme. Listeners quoted: Eghele Erijoh (Nigeria), Mick Horsfield (England), Peggy Meadows (England)   More

Current AffairsKlaus causes controversy with comments about multiculturalism, terror

18-07-2005 14:21 | Rob Cameron

President Vaclav Klaus, photo: CTK President Vaclav Klaus is in hot water again after controversial comments about multiculturalism and terrorism. Mr Klaus was quoted in a newspaper interview as saying that there was a link between the mass influx of foreign cultures and terrorist attacks on the West.   More


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