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Test finds foreigners charged more in central Prague restaurants

25-07-2014 15:19 | Jan Richter

Illustrative photo: archive of Radio Prague

Illustrative photo: archive of Radio Prague

Some restaurants in Prague’s central district discriminate against foreigners, according to the Czech Trade Inspection Authority. The agency says that in several restaurants in the area, English-speaking inspectors posing as tourists were automatically levied with a service charge – unlike their Czech-speaking colleagues who dined in the same place at the same time.  More

Arts

Karel Zeman Museum & special children’s programmes in summer

25-07-2014 15:20 | Jan Velinger

Karel Zeman Museum, photo: Miloš Turek It’s hard to say when the Karel Zeman Museum in Prague is busier: during the school year or the summer months. The museum, dedicated to the work of visionary Czech filmmaker Karel Zeman who created legendary children’s films like Journey to the Beginning of Time, was only opened less than two years ago but has become a major attraction.  More

Panorama

The film score genius Zdeněk Liška

24-07-2014 14:42 | Jan Richter

Zdeněk Liška, photo: archive of Czech Television Some of the best Czech films of the 1960s and 70s, such as Markéta Lazarová, Shop on Main Street, and The Cremator, have one thing in common, besides the country of origin: the author of the score, Zdeněk Liška. Only a few recordings of his music came out independently; most recently, the British label Finders Keepers published his soundtrack of The Little Mermaid. In this edition of Panorama, we look the life and work of this prolific composer, and one of the most versatile artists in the field.  More

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Marketplace

Czech EC candidate “has good chance” of landing preferred portfolio

23-07-2014 15:21 | Jan Richter

Věra Jourová, photo: CTK The selection of a Czech candidate for the European Commission has been the subject of a major contest on the Czech political scene this summer. But the eventual nomination of Regional Development Minister Věra Jourová has been described as a win-win situation for all parties involved, as well as for the Czech Republic, whose candidate has a good chance of being put in charge of one of her preferred portfolios.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

21-07-2014 14:58 | Ian Willoughby

Leopold König, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Czech rider König wins admirers on climb to eighth overall in Tour de France – former national champion Benčík tips him to join top team; Špotáková makes it three out of three Diamond League wins; Sparta send weakened squad to Tallinn for Champions League qualifier; and Ostrava “ultras” to stay away from home games.  More

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Sunday Music Show

If a Thousand Clarinets: A charming ‘60s musical movie chock-full of singing stars

20-07-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

'Kdyby tisíc klarinetů' - Hana Hegerová, Waldemar Matuška, photo: Czech Television Kdyby tisíc klarinetů, or If a Thousand Clarinets, is a charming 1964 Czech musical film featuring a host of stars of the day, including singers Waldemar Matuška, Karel Gott, Eva Pilarová and Hana Hegerová, the great songwriters and musicians Jiří Suchý and Jiří Šlitr, and actors such as Jana Brejchová, Vlastimil Brodský and (not wearing his director’s cap) Jiří Menzel.  More

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Business

Business News

25-07-2014 13:45 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: archive of Mobis In this week’s Business News: package for South Korean Mobis cleared; company creation heading back to pre-crisis rates; gas pipeline company under spotlight for financial juggling; telecom companies face big bill for high speed service roll-out; and...  More

Polish owner of Czech oil refinery assets boosts volume in spite of low margins

25-07-2014 11:17 | Chris Johnstone

Illustrative photo: Victor Habbick, Free Digital Photos Stepping up refinery activity after just taking a massive hit from the struggling sector might at first glance seem a puzzling strategy. But the Polish overlords of most of the Czech refinery and petro-chemical sector believe they can turnaround the...  More

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Current Affairs

Social Democrats embarrassed in fuel tax vote

24-07-2014 14:01 | Jan Richter

Illustrative photo: Filip Jandourek The senior coalition Social Democrats have suffered an embarrassing setback in the lower house after a group of their MPs on Wednesday joined the opposition to pass a bill lowering fuel tax. The move, which casts doubt on the Social Democrats’ unity,...  More

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Next US ambassador Schapiro expected to be more "organised" than departing Eisen

24-07-2014 14:01 | Ian Willoughby

Andrew Schapiro, photo: archive of Quinn Emanuel Trial Lawyers The United States Senate on Wednesday approved the nomination of Andrew Schapiro as ambassador to Prague. Like the outgoing American ambassador, Norman Eisen, Mr. Schapiro is a lawyer who has worked alongside the US president, Barack Obama. But how is...  More

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In Focus

Czech chimney climbers’ association thrives, but new challenges present problem

22-07-2014 15:20 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Jiří Němec The Czech Republic boasts perhaps one of the strangest associations around, a group dedicated to climbing industrial chimneys in their spare time. And the more than 30 year old organisation, which started with a small group of teenagers in the Communist...  More

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One on One

Alex Went cataloguing both popular sights and hidden gems with architecture blog Prague Vitruvius

21-07-2014 15:00 | Ian Willoughby

Grebovka altan, photo: Alex Went The Prague Vitruvius is an extremely useful website for anybody interested in perhaps the Czech capital’s greatest asset: its unparalleled wealth of architecture. The blog is the work of Englishman Alex Went, who has created close to 300 entries taking...  More

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