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Campaigning starts for Senate and local elections

02-09-2014 16:09 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: CTK

Photo: CTK

With elections to local councils and a third of the Senate just six weeks away, politicians are once again taking to the streets in a bid for voter support. Financially exhausted by last years’ general elections and elections to the European Parliament just three months ago, parties are spending less money on billboards and ads in favour of direct voter contact campaigns.  More

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Linka bezpečí marks 20 years of helping children

02-09-2014 16:09 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Czech Television This week marked the 20th anniversary of Linka bezpečí, a helpline available for anyone up to the age of 18 (or if studying, to 26) to call at moments of difficulty. Over 20 years, the helpline has answered millions of calls and addressed countless problems, some of them very serious.  More

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In Focus

Forgotten chapter in history: Jewish refugees in the First World War

02-09-2014 16:10 | Ruth Fraňková

Jewish refugees in Havlíčkův Brod 1915-1917, photo: © Jewish Museum in Prague This year the whole of Europe is commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The Jewish Museum in Prague is marking the anniversary with an exhibition focused on the fate of the Jewish refugees, a chapter in history that has been largely forgotten. The exhibition entitled “The Orient in Bohemia” displays photographs that document the life of refugees but it also explores the response of the local population to the wave of migrants. I visited the Jewish Museum’s Robert Guttman Gallery to see the exhibition and talk to its author, Michal Frankl.  More

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One on One

Intensive study of Czech for free tuition at film school pays off, says FAMU International head Vít Janeček

01-09-2014 15:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: archive of FAMU Last month Prague’s FAMU placed a very impressive fourth in a Hollywood Reporter list of top international film schools. How has the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts, to give it its full title, managed to acquire such a reputation around the world? That’s one of several questions I discussed the other day with the head of FAMU International, teacher and documentary maker Vít Janeček.  More

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Letter from Prague

Rollerblading in Nymburk

30-08-2014 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Illustrative photo: Jitka Englová When I first started dating my future wife around 12 years ago, one of the first challenges I faced as a ‘suitable’ potential partner was the roller blade test. A skate not on Prague's fairly flat Letná Plain (well okay, we did that too) but a suicidal slalom down a road in Stromovka Park.  More

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Czech Books

Romany writers at home on Facebook

30-08-2014 02:01 | David Vaughan

In a recent edition of Czech Books, we spoke to the Romany writer, Irena Eliášová. She mentioned that her novel, November, had been published earlier this year by an internet publisher. This inspired David Vaughan to find out more about Romany writing in the digital age, and he discovered that Czech Roma have embraced the social media in a big way.  More

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Business

Gas connection to Ukraine could benefit Czech companies, relieve tensions

02-09-2014 15:35 | Chris Johnstone

Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Arsenij Jaceňuk, Robert Fico, photo: CTK Commercial reverse flows of natural gas from Slovakia to Ukraine were officially launched on September 2 with Slovak prime minister Robert Fico and his Kiev counterpart, Arsenij Jaceňuk in attendance at the border site.   More

Czech Post seeks 1.7 billion in compensation for loss-making services

01-09-2014 14:29 | Jan Richter

Photo: Filip Jandourek The state-owned postal firm Czech Post is seeking 1.7 billion crowns in state compensation for losses incurred through unprofitable services it is required to provide by law, the daily Hospodářské noviny reports. Part of the compensation should be covered...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

01-09-2014 15:33 | Ian Willoughby

Lukáš Krpálek, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Krpálek becomes first Czech judo world champion; Synek is again world champion in men’s single sculls; Kvitová fails to break US Open hoodoo with third round exit; Berdych through to last 16 at Flushing Meadows; Vaidišová...  More

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Current Affairs

PM comes under fire for ‘weak’ stance on Russia

01-09-2014 15:00 | Jan Velinger

Bohuslav Sobotka, photo: CTK Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has come under fire from members of the centre-right opposition as well as from within the coalition government, for withholding full support for a new wave of planned EU sanctions against Russia. At its summit on Saturday,...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Vltava – a band defying easy definitions

31-08-2014 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Vltava, photo: archive of the band The Czech band Vltava was established in 1986 by the singer Robert Nebřenský and other renowned musicians.   More

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Magazine

Magazine

30-08-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: archive of Customs Administration of the Czech Republic In Magazine: a pub owner is in hot water for displaying a stuffed bear, a hotelier in Mikulov makes headlines after threatening to humiliate visitors who pee outside his hotel, a sixteen-year-old boy out on a joyride smashes into a police car, three...  More

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Arts

Brave New Worlds the theme of upcoming Fresh Film Fest

29-08-2014 16:52 | Jan Velinger

The Fresh Film Fest – highlighting films by debuting directors, students and professionals – is just around the corner, set to take place in Prague in the second half of September. Ahead of the festival, Radio Prague spoke to Fresh Film’s programme director...  More

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