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Renowned author, publisher Josef Škvorecký dies at 87

04-01-2012 15:32 | Jan Velinger

Josef Škvorecký, photo: Tomáš Krist, ISIFA/Lidové noviny Czech emigré author and co-founder of '68 Publishers Josef Škvorecký died at the age of 87 on Tuesday, succumbing to cancer in Toronto, Canada. Mr Škvorecký was one the last great Czech 20th century authors and literati. His first novels published in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s – were quickly banned by the Communist regime. Later, following the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, Škvorecký and his wife Zdena Salivarová moved to Canada, where they founded ’68 Publishers. The imprint was a crucial avenue for Czech and Slovak dissidents like Milan Kundera and Václav Havel to publish in Czech and English in the West.  More

Parents of “wolf children” on trial at Prague city court for child neglect

04-01-2012 15:32 | Sarah Borufka

The parents of the “wolf children”, photo: CTK The mother and father of two boys, dubbed “wolf children” by the Czech media, are currently on trial at a Prague city court. In a shocking and unusual case of child abuse, the parents never let their sons out of the apartment, did not dress them and fed them only liquid food. They deny charges of abuse and say they simply wanted to raise their children in an alternative way.  More

Czechs held in Zambia return home

03-01-2012 15:55 | Daniela Lazarová

Michal Vébr, Jiří Cetel, Jan Coufal, photo: Czech Television Three Czechs who were detained and charged with espionage in Zambia have returned home. They showed up unexpectedly at their doorsteps at the end of the year and have refused to disclose any information regarding the nature of their escape. The Czech Foreign Ministry which made an all out effort to secure their release through regular diplomatic channels has put an information embargo on the case.  More

Hundreds gather to drop Václav Havel’s funeral flowers into Elbe River in silent tribute to late ex-president

03-01-2012 15:55 | Sarah Borufka

Photo: CTK The many flowers and wreaths that people placed around the coffin of former Czech president Václav Havel took center stage at a silent farewell to the national hero. After travelling downriver for three days, the flowers were greeted by hundreds of people gathered at the Elbe River’s bank in Děčín and dropped into the river. The unusual tribute was organized by former human rights minister Michael Kocáb, a friend of the late president.  More

President calls on Czechs to keep calm and support austerity measures in face of European debt crisis

02-01-2012 15:00 | Sarah Borufka

Václav Klaus, photo: CTK President Václav Klaus’s traditional New Year’s address reflected key political events of the year, among them the death of his predecessor, Václav Havel. Moreover, Mr. Klaus warned of both false optimism and fear mongering in face of a possible recession in the eurozone. The Czech president said it was crucial to support additional cuts in government spending and emphasized that this was a time for the nation to tighten its belt.  More

Czechs wax sentimental over Václav Havel’s legacy

30-12-2011 16:43 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: CTK As the shock of Václav Havel’s death slowly wears off, Czechs are considering the best possible ways to honour his memory and uphold his legacy for future generations. Proposals range from the sentimental – a heart of wax melted from the thousands of candles people lit for their hero –to the stately - a law stating his contribution to freedom and democracy.  More

Village commemorates arrival of parachutists who assassinated Reinhard Heydrich

29-12-2011 16:43 | Jan Richter

Photo: The village of Nehvizdy, in central Bohemia, on Wednesday commemorated the 70th anniversary of the start of Operation Anthropoid, the targeted killing of the Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich. Two Czechoslovak commandoes who carried out the killing, landed near the village on the night of 28 December, 1941.  More

Czech roads see lowest number of fatalities since 1947

29-12-2011 16:43 | Jan Velinger

2011 saw vast improvement in the number of road deaths, dropping to 695. That is the lowest number since the late 1940s, although then there were only some 128,000 thousand registered vehicles on Czech roads compared to around four million today. Experts suggest that a number of factors have contributed to the continuing drop in road fatalities.  More

Police to probe Czech communist party leader’s condolences to North Korea

28-12-2011 16:11 | Jan Richter

Kim Jong-Il, photo: CTK The Czech police will investigate whether the Czech communist party leader broke the law when he sent condolences on the death of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il. In his letter, Czech communist party chair Vojtěch Filip said, among other things, that the late North Korean dictator sacrificed himself for the well-being of his people.  More

Bureaucratic goof could cost country billions of crowns

28-12-2011 16:11 | Daniela Lazarová

What appears to be gross bureaucratic incompetence may cost the Czech Republic billions of crowns. The country’s belated bid to become a party in the ongoing criminal case against the former managers of the Czech mining firm Mostecká uhelná, involving billions of crowns now frozen in Swiss bank accounts - has been thrown out by a Swiss court, leaving the Czechs out in the cold.  More



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