27-06-2016 20:31

Current Affairs

UK exit must not halt EU progress, says Zaorálek after Prague “V4+” meeting

27-06-2016 13:26 | Ian Willoughby

Lubomír Zaorálek, photo: CTK

Lubomír Zaorálek, photo: CTK

The planned departure of the United Kingdom will not halt the development of the EU; however, the rest of the bloc must work harder to convince the publics of its merits. That was the message from Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek after a meeting in Prague on Monday with his counterparts from the other Visegrad states, Germany and France.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

27-06-2016 15:40 | Jan Velinger

Leopold König, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: König to head Czech road cycling team at summer Olympics; Jágr wins Golden Hockey Stick for player of year; Wild card Radek Štěpánek to face Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon.  More

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One on One

Challenge for V4 to avoid ending on periphery of changing EU, says Harvard’s Grzegorz Ekiert

27-06-2016 12:25 | Ian Willoughby

Grzegorz Ekiert, photo: archive of Harvard University Grzegorz Ekiert is director of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. An expert on democratisation, the Polish-born political scientist recently gave a talk at Prague’s Václav Havel Library exploring the unraveling of the pro-European consensus in the Visegrad states and the major challenges facing the region. Our conversation – which took place prior to the UK’s seismic Brexit vote – began with the issue of how ready Central and Eastern European states were for democracy when communism collapsed.  More

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Czech Life

Pitting robots against robots in competitions from Bear Rescue to Ketchup House

25-06-2016 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Charles University This weekend saw the return of Robotic Day in Prague, organised for the 13th time by the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University. Teams, largely of students from either university or high school, who registered to compete, tested their designs in various competitions with colourful names like Bear Rescue and Ketchup House. Most importantly Sunday of the two-day event was open to the public, for anyone interested in seeing some of the robots for themselves. More

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US Sokol helped organisation survive through dark times in Czechoslovakia, says first female president Jean Hruby

25-06-2016 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Barbora Kmentová The Sokol gymnastics organisation – motto: a sound mind in a sound body – became an important element in the Czech National Revival when it was founded in Prague in 1862. A mere three years later it went international with the establishment of American Sokol in St. Louis, Missouri. Today American Sokol is still going strong, and has its first ever female national president, Jean Hruby.  More

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Czech Republic braces for impact of British “Brexit” vote

22-06-2016 15:02 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: CTK The British vote on whether to stay or leave the EU takes place Thursday with most recent polls suggesting a very close race indeed. And its no exaggeration to say that that the British vote is being followed with trepidation across the rest of Europe, including Prague, with the economic and political repercussions likely to be substantial.  More

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Brexit likely to delay Czech adoption of European currency, says Industry and Trade Minister

27-06-2016 15:51 | Jan Velinger

Jan Mládek, photo: CTK Prior to the Czech Republic’s joining the European Union in 2004, the country committed to adopting the European currency. But since, the timeframe has since been pushed back, with estimates suggesting the Czechs would not adopt the euro any time before...  More

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Business News

24-06-2016 15:51 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Renjith Krishnan / Business round-up this Friday: Brexit will slow Czech economy says analysts; government commits to teacher pay rise; Country plans for more agricultural attachés; Fruit harvest expected to see 28 percent drop.   More


Sunday Music Show

Legendary folk and country music Porta festival marks 50th anniversary

26-06-2016 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Jana Huzilová This week’s edition of Sunday Music Show is dedicated to the legendary country and folk music festival Porta, which celebrates its 50th edition this weekend. Established in 1967 by a group of music enthusiasts, the festival gradually evolved into one...  More

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Cat and Mouse

25-06-2016 02:01 | Clare Profous

Photo: 4028mdk09, CC BY 3.0 Unported Hello and welcome to a new edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can learn Czech phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today we will be listening to the song “Jaký to je” or “How it is” sung by Ewa Farna. The words...  More

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Puppeteers’ Chrudim: A festival for puppetry fans and troupes from all around the Czech Republic

24-06-2016 15:43 | Jan Velinger

Puppeteers’ Chrudim (Loutkářská Chrudim), one of the longest-running puppetry festivals in the world, is just around the corner. Held in the town of Chrudim, east of Pragueit begins next week for the 65th time.  More

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Dvůr Králové Zoo celebrates birth of two rare baby rhinos

23-06-2016 15:41 | Daniela Lazarová

Black rhino, photo: Hynek Glos / Dvůr Králové Zoo Last week the Dvůr Králové Zoo announced the birth of two black rhinos – the latest success in its rhino breeding programme. The zoo which has devoted close to four decades trying to save the breed from extinction cooperates with a sanctuary in Tanzania...  More

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In Focus

Legendary gymnast Čáslavská and illustrator Sís among recipients of Gratias Agit Award

21-06-2016 16:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Miloš Turek At a gala ceremony on Friday, the Czech Foreign Ministry handed out the annual Gratias Agit awards to 16 people, Czech expatriates as well as foreigners, who are promoting the good name of the Czech Republic abroad. This year’s recipients included former...  More

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