Current Affairs

Speculation over Czechs in Ukraine conflict rises after Slovak separatist fighter captured

20-08-2014 15:07 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: CTK

Photo: CTK

Speculation that Czechs may be fighting in the current Ukraine conflict have been simmering for several weeks. And the possibility appears more even credible following news this week that a Slovak fighting for the separatists was captured by government forces. More

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Communist’s admiration for Plastic People angers party faithful

20-08-2014 15:07 | Ian Willoughby

The Plastic People of the Universe, photo: archive of Radio Prague Communist Party deputy chairman Jiří Dolejš is perhaps not somebody one would expect to be a fan of The Plastic People of the Universe, an underground rock band persecuted in the 1970s and ‘80s by the Communist regime. Some of his followers are angry after Mr. Dolejš posted their photo on his Facebook page and have slammed the group in language reminiscent of pre-1989 propaganda.  More

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Car-hail service Uber fears no backlash from Prague launch

20-08-2014 16:13 | Jan Richter

Photo: archive of Uber Prague has recently become the latest city where the smart-phone based car-hailing service Uber has become available. Since its launch in San Francisco in 2009, the app has become popular around the world. However, in many cities, the company faces protests by disgruntled taxi drivers as well as official bans over safety concerns.  More

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In Focus

Foreign universities court Czech students as competition between institutions increases

19-08-2014 15:43 | Chris Johnstone

Gaudeamus fair, photo: Pavel Cyprich Czech students are sought after not just by local universities and colleges, but also by their European counterparts as student numbers dwindle across the continent. But while they are faced with more choice, Czech students also face a more difficult jobs market and the need to mark themselves out from the rest.  More

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One on One

Helsinki Committee’s work was only getting started when communism fell, says director Lucie Rybová

18-08-2014 15:37 | Ian Willoughby

Lucie Rybová, foto: Ian Willoughby Along with Charter 77 and the Committee for the Defence of the Unjustly Persecuted, the Czechoslovak Helsinki Committee was a key dissident organisation in the communist period, pressuring the government to adhere to its human rights commitments. Today known as the Czech Helsinki Committee, it is still active, advocating for people who often have nowhere else to turn. I discussed the committee’s work with its director, Lucie Rybová. But I first asked her about the reasons for its establishment, in November 1988.  More

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Czech History

“Disappeared Science” commemorates Jewish scholars of Bohemia and Moravia killed in Holocaust

16-08-2014 02:01 | Jan Richter

Photo: Czech Academy of Sciences The Nazi persecution of the Jewish people before and during WWII affected all layers of the society, regardless of the victims’ social status or achievements. Among the estimated 80,000 Jewish people from Bohemia and Moravia murdered in the Holocaust were also many distinguished scientists and scholars from various fields of science. A new book entitled Disappeared Science now profiles several dozen of them.  More

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TATRA TRUCKS exceeds 2014 sales target thanks to new strategy

20-08-2014 16:32 | Tom McEnchroe

Photo: archive of TATRA TRUCKS TATRA TRUCKS rise from the ashes following its predecessor’s bankruptcy seems to be continuing at a steady pace. The company already announced at the beginning of August that it had sold more vehicles in the first half of the year than expected and raised...  More

Further round of Russian sanctions could hit Czech car producers

19-08-2014 16:10 | Chris Johnstone

Illustrative photo: Filip Jandourek Speculation has been raised in the Russian media that Moscow’s next retaliatory sanctions against the European Union and West could cover car imports. If that were the case, then the Czech Republic’s biggest industrial companies and exporters could suffer...  More


Current Affairs

Government group calls for jobs saving framework for crisis hit companies

19-08-2014 14:19 | Chris Johnstone

The government working group: Josef Středula, Tomáš Prouza, Jaroslav Hanák and Vladimír Dlouhý, photo: ČTK The government working group tasked with cushioning the impact of the Ukraine crisis and escalating sanctions on Czech companies has proposed state help for firms putting employees on short-time work as its main recommendation. The group argues such...  More

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Petr Čech seen fighting for Chelsea place

19-08-2014 16:04 | Ruth Fraňková

Petr Čech, photo: Filip Jandourek After lots of speculation, the goalkeeper for the Czech national soccer team, Petr Čech, found himself on the bench during Chelsea’s first game of the new season on Monday, replaced by the young Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois. Čech was the team’s first-choice...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

18-08-2014 16:34 | Ian Willoughby

In Sports News this Monday: Veselý dedicates Zurich silver to late coach Halva; Pedroza wins Brno MotoGP to deny Marquez while Abraham is best of the Czechs; Koubek has dream start at Plzeň, so why the boos?; and Berdych slips in rankings.   More

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Sunday Music Show

Prodavač – “Salesmen” of beguiling low-key synthpop

17-08-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Prodavač, photo: YouTube Led by singer and keyboardist Pavel Kabelík, Prodavač ("shop assistant") are an ‘80s influenced alternative group whose intimate synthpop is complemented by thoughtful lyrics. After releasing an EP in 2011, the band returned in February with a very well-received...  More

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Czech Books

“Running”: a great Czech athlete inspires a French novelist

16-08-2014 | David Vaughan

Photo: New Press Anyone interested in the history of athletics will have heard of Emil Zátopek, the greatest Czech long-distance runner of all time. His life story is the subject of a short novel by the Prix Goncourt winning French writer, Jean Echenoz, called simply...  More

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