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Prague 12th richest region in the EU.

14-02-2008 16:17 | Dominik Jůn

Prague New figures released by the European Union reveal that the Prague region is surprisingly prosperous in comparison to the rest of the EU.   More

Olomoucké tvarůžky will not receive protected status from EU for time being

13-02-2008 16:57 | Jan Velinger

Olomoucké tvarůžky – famous yellow cheeses produced in the Olomouc region in the Czech Republic – are instantly recognisable for their odour and gummy texture: they are most definitely an acquired taste. But they are also a product of which many Czechs are justifiably proud. Since 2004, representatives have sought EU protection recognising the tvarůžky as a distinct local specialty, something which is not going to happen, at least not yet.   More

Justice minister: the law should protect child victims

13-02-2008 16:57 | Daniela Lazarová

Children in distress – we see them in ads appealing for public donations, we see them in news bulletins as the victims of horrific crimes and splashed across front pages. More than ever in the last year Czechs have witnessed the suffering of young children – a naked boy lying naked and bound, force-fed by his mother, a little girl crying in the street as her parents fight over her, pulling her in different directions. Now the justice minister has put his foot down and presented the Cabinet with an amendment to the law which would offer victims, particularly child victims, the right to privacy.   More

High Court overturns guilty verdict in Milada Horáková murder case

12-02-2008 15:45 | Rob Cameron

Milada Horáková When an 86-year-old former communist prosecutor was convicted last year for her role in the judicial murder of politician Milada Horáková, those looking for justice for the crimes committed under communism rejoiced. There was little chance the elderly and infirm woman would serve a day of her eight-year prison sentence, but they saw the verdict as a symbolic victory. But Monday witnessed a turnaround – the conviction was overturned by the High Court.  More

Lenka Vochocová: checking out people’s prejudices

11-02-2008 16:59 | Ruth Fraňková

Lenka Vochocová Lenka Vochocová is twenty-eight, but looks more like eighteen. She may not look like it, but she has already managed to establish and successfully run an NGO called Inventura which helps people with learning disabilities. She has also organized a film festival screening animated films made by some of the people her NGO has helped. I met Lenka Vochocová at her office in Prague’s Smíchov district, to ask her more about her activities:   More

Survival of Wenceslas Square’s sausage stands assured

11-02-2008 16:05 | Rosie Johnston

Photo: Kristýna Maková It’s hard to imagine a Wenceslas Square without sausage stands, selling hot dogs, greasy Czech klobasas, and beer. It had seemed such fast-food stalls would be removed, as part of a major project to regenerate Prague’s best known thoroughfare. But in the face of public opposition, the city’s authorities have now backed down.   More

Getting the Message

10-02-2008 | Dominik Jůn

In this week’s Letter From Prague, Dominik Jun describes an unusual encounter that ended up bridging a communicational divide.   More

Mailbox

10-02-2008 | Pavla Horáková

Today in Mailbox: the first state visit by President Václav Klaus in 2003, Czech kosher beer, nasal spray relieving the symptoms of common colds, announcements on Prague public transport. Listeners quoted: Jonathan Murphy, Howard Barnett, Steve Price.   More

Betting shops give odds for Czech presidential election

09-02-2008 17:46 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: CTK Czechs may not be able to vote in Fridays presidential election but many have placed a bet on their outcome. All three of the major Czech betting shops have presented odds for either a Klaus or a Švejnar victory. Despite candidate Jan Švejnar’s recent rise in popularity, the odds still firmly remain in president Klaus’ favour.  More

Magazine

09-02-2008 | Daniela Lazarová

Matěj Lehár, photo: Šíp, 25.1.2008 Don’t eat that – its fifty years old! Czech researchers eat a package of soup that had been sitting around for half a century. “Six fingers are better than five,” says a boy who should know. And, the Wallenstein family clan has a get-together in Prague. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.   More

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