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Recriminations follow violent attack on politician at election rally

06-05-2010 | Sarah Borufka

Politicians across the board were shaken by a violent attack on the deputy leader of the Social Democrats, Bohuslav Sobotka, at an election rally in Brno on Wednesday. Mr. Sobotka had just finished speaking when he was approached and punched in the face by a man in the audience. His party has described it as an attack on freedom and democracy and blame their main rival, the centre-right Civic Democrats, for whipping up an atmosphere of hate and violence – something the latter deny. Sarah Borufka reports.  More

President shares own childhood memories of 1945 Prague Uprising at Czech Radio ceremony

05-05-2010 14:39 | Ian Willoughby

Wednesday is the 65th anniversary of the start of the Prague Uprising, when thousands of people took to the streets in an attempt to liberate the city from Nazi occupation, just days before the arrival of the Red Army. Several events have been held to mark the date, including a memorial at Czech Radio, which made a dramatic call on citizens to fight the occupiers on the morning of May 5, 1945.   More

Female football referee Dagmar Damková celebrated in song

05-05-2010 14:39 | Jan Richter

The song Růže mezi trny, or Rose among Thorns, by the star singer-songwriter Jaromír Nohavica, is a tribute to female football referee Dagmar Damková. On Sunday, she refereed one of the highlights of the season, a game between title contenders Baník Ostrava and Sparta Prague. The match ended in a 1:1 draw, but for many, including big Ostrava fan Jaromír Nohavica, she was the obvious winner for her smooth handling of the heated game. Radio Prague spoke to Dagmar Damková and asked her how she liked the song.   More

Public Affairs party comes under scrutiny for pre-election street patrols

05-05-2010 14:39 | Chris Johnstone

The surprise political hit of the Czech general election campaign so far, the Public Affairs party, has come under the spotlight for another reason than its high poll ratings. Media attention has focussed on the party’s newly launched street patrols and its populist stance on law and order.   More

Czech public finances post worst balance in a decade during first four months of 2010

04-05-2010 14:11 | Jan Richter

The hole in Czech public finances is growing, and will be difficult to patch. Such is the warning message issued by the Finance Ministry on Monday, whose latest figures suggest that over the first four months of this year, the state budget reached the highest deficit in a decade.   More

Skincare specialists offer free counselling against skin cancer

04-05-2010 14:11 | Ruth Fraňková

On Monday and Tuesday, skincare specialists set up a tent on Prague’s Wenceslas Square in order to raise awareness of the risks of skin cancer. Anyone walking by could get a free check-up and advice on how to protect themselves.   More

Government clears restructuring route for struggling Czech Airlines

04-05-2010 14:11 | Chris Johnstone

The Czech government has cleared far reaching plans for Czech Airlines to face the future. The state-owned carrier will be relieved of its debt burden but at the price of a significant cut in its size and ambitions. We look at plans for the struggling airline.   More

Czech lower house election campaign goes into final straight after slow, negative start

03-05-2010 14:46 | Chris Johnstone

Czechs go to the polls in just under four weeks for elections to the lower house of parliament. As the deadline approaches, the two main parties have unveiled their final campaign plans. We assess the battle so far and the prospects ahead of the vote.   More

Expo 2010 helps put Czech Republic on the map, says head of Czech exhibition in Shanghai

03-05-2010 14:46 | Jan Richter

The Czech pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, adorned with a plan of Prague’s Old Town made of hockey pucks, has seen a steady stream of visitors since it first opened its doors on Saturday. In tough competition with around 190 national exhibitions featured in the global fair, the Czech pavilion has so far proved one of the most successful. Radio Prague spoke to the Czech commissioner for Expo 2010, Pavel Antonín Stehlík, and asked him about the first three days of the event.   More

Will Greek debt crisis impact Czech euro adoption?

30-04-2010 15:52 | Jan Richter

Member states of the Eurozone are discussing ways of helping Greece and its debt-laden economy, while there are growing concerns about some other countries that use the single European currency. But what will the crisis mean for the Czech Republic, which is itself hoping to adopt the euro in around five years’ time?   More

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