06-12-2016 20:49

Current Affairs

Trust in president falls amid series of scandals

06-12-2016 14:49 | Jan Velinger

Miloš Zeman, photo: Filip Jandourek

Miloš Zeman, photo: Filip Jandourek

Trust in the country’s president, Miloš Zeman, has fallen to its lowest in the past 12 months, a poll - conducted on the heels of Czech-born Holocaust survivor George Brady being overlooked for a state distinction - suggests. Other missteps or scandals since, including the latest involving the outgoing head of protocol at Prague Castle, could negatively impact the numbers further. More

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Team of Czech surgeons head to Iraq to support coalition forces

06-12-2016 12:43 | Dominik Jůn

Iraqi soldiers open fire towards Islamic State militant positions in Mosul, December 5, 2016, photo: CTK An 18-strong team of Czech military doctors has been dispatched to support coalition efforts in Iraq. The team is being situated near the city of Mosul, where efforts continue to defeat Islamist extremists from ISIL.  More

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In Focus

Czech Brisbane community tunes in to local roots

06-12-2016 12:44 | Ruth Fraňková

Lenka TeWhiu, photo: archive of Lenka TeWhiu The Czech expatriate community in the Australian city of Brisbane only counts several hundred people, but they have always been very active in maintaining the Czech language and culture for future generations. One of the members of the local expat community is Lenka TeWhiu, who settled in Brisbane more than fifteen years ago.  More

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One on One

Teenage blindness helped inspire me to become ophthalmologist, says Dr. Jarka Heissigerová

05-12-2016 14:12 | Ian Willoughby

Jarka Heissigerová, photo: archive of Jarka Heissigerová Jarka Heissigerová is an internationally recognised expert on uveitis, a rare, hard to diagnose and potentially blinding eye condition. The doctor, who spent a number of years studying and working in Scotland, switched her focus to the disease after previously specialising in the incredibly complex procedure of corneal transplantation.  More

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03-12-2016 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Photo: Stuart Miles / In this very last edition of Mailbox on Radio Prague we quote for one last time from your answers to the Mystery Czech quiz which has run for 12 years and featured 150 notable personalities of Czech origin.  More

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Foreign Ministry building recounts Czech history in a new novel

01-12-2016 14:41 | Pavla Horáková

Černín Palace, photo: archive of Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs is located in the majestic Baroque Černín Palace just above Prague Castle. The majestic building, as well as the nearby Loreta Church, plays a major part in a recently published novel titled “Chvála oportunismu” or “In praise of opportunism”. Its author, Czech diplomat Marek Toman, a guest in Radio Prague’s Czech Books programme earlier this year, works at the ministry and knows the building inside out.  More

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International survey suggests Czech employees have high work satisfaction

06-12-2016 14:16 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: stockimages / The Czech Republic has some of the happiest employees in the world, according to a survey released by the Swedish firm Universum. The country ranks 10th on the chart of work satisfaction in 57 states the world over.   More

Czech energy regulator and NET4GAS on collision course over new prices

05-12-2016 13:22 | Chris Johnstone

Illustrative photo: European Commission Regulators and their subject companies are not supposed to be on the best of terms. But the latest price moves by the Czech energy regulator, ERÚ, have clearly angered the country’s main gas pipeline company with a long drawn out legal battle now...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Terne Chave – a Romany band with a difference

04-12-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Terne Chave, photo: Zewlakk Dlouhý Krok Terne Chave is currently one of the most successful Romany bands in the Czech Republic. Its seven members started out performing Romany songs at special events in their home town of Hradec Kralové and ended up touring European countries. Today they still...  More

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Czech Books

Michael Tate: bringing us the best of Central European writing

03-12-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

Michael Tate, photo: David Vaughan Publishers that focus on contemporary writing from Central Europe are few and far between, but they play an important role in bringing Czech poetry and prose to an international audience. One of the newest players is Jantar Publishing, based in London....  More

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Will darkly funny Czech animated short get Happy End at the 2017 Oscars?

02-12-2016 14:52 | Jan Velinger

'Happy End', photo: archive of Jan Saska Just a few days ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 10 films worldwide which had made the short list for Oscar nominations in the Animated Short Films Category. Among them, is a film entitled Happy End, the work of up and coming...  More

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Government analysis seeks to pinpoint strategy for future economic growth

30-11-2016 11:15 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: InIT Lemgo, CC BY-SA 3.0 A strategic analysis of the Czech economy has unveiled a serious flaw: some of the biggest and most profitable sectors of the economy are in foreign hands and have an increasing trend of shipping their profits out of the country rather than re-investing...  More

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