Current Affairs

Czech unemployment falls to lowest rate since March 2009

08-10-2015 13:38 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: archive of Czech Government

Photo: archive of Czech Government

Unemployment in the Czech Republic is at its lowest level since March 2009. According to freshly released figures from the country’s Labour Office, 6.0 percent of the workforce was jobless in September, down 0.2 percent on the previous month. Meanwhile, the number of jobs available last month was the highest since just after the start of the economic crisis.  More

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Conservationist project provides pears for heirs

08-10-2015 15:14 | Ruth Fraňková

Illustrative photo: Josemanuel CC BY-SA 2.5 Conservationists in the National Park Bohemian Switzerland in north of the country are busy these days collecting wild pears. While they might not be exactly tasty for people, they are an important source of nutrition for a number of forest animals. The national park conservationists are now trying to collect as many seeds as possible in an attempt to re-introduce the once common fruit variety back into the park’s forests.  More

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Czech NGOs call for better approach to migrants

08-10-2015 14:11 | Daniela Lazarová

Bělá-Jezová detention centre, photo: Czech Television A consortium of 18 Czech non-governmental organizations working with migrants last week issued a document in which it outlines the basic principles the country should adhere to in dealing with immigrants. The principles relate to the country’s asylum policy, social rights, education, work and other spheres.  More

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In Focus

Prague swop shop site finds treasure in trash

06-10-2015 15:47 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: official Facebook profile of Zdrojovna Reuse, reduce, recycle: that’s the main idea behind Zdrojovna at the community centre Klinika in Prague, a space where you can discard used or unwanted objects, such as household utensils or small pieces of furniture, rather than throwing them away. Anyone can come to the shop and take these things for free, or attend a workshop where they can learn how to creatively recycle or renovate the discarded objects.  More

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One on One

Czech stance on refugees could risk gains of last 25 years, says IIR’s Benjamin Tallis

05-10-2015 14:37 | Ian Willoughby

Benjamin Tallis, photo: archive of IIR Englishman Benjamin Tallis heads the Centre for European Security at Prague’s Institute of International Relations. An expert on European affairs, including the EU’s border-free Schengen zone, he is also the editor-in-chief of the IIR’s recently rebooted academic journal New Perspectives. When we spoke at the think tank’s offices at the foot of Nerudova St., our conversation took in various aspects of Czech foreign policy. But I first asked Tallis how he had ended up in Prague. More

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Sunday Music Show

Už jsme doma: thirty years and still going strong

04-10-2015 | Ruth Fraňková

Today's Sunday Music Show marks the 30th anniversary of one of the Czech Republic's most respected alternative bands Už Jsme Doma. The avant garde punk group, which rose to prominence after the Velvet Revolution in 1989, celebrates thirty years of its existence with a new album entitled Tři křížky, offering a fresh take on their most popular songs.  More

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Czech Life

Health reports says that air pollution leads to more than 5,000 deaths in Czech Republic annually

03-10-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Ostrava, photo: František Tichý A new study conducted by the National Health Institute has found that there are more than 5,000 deaths annually related to breathing polluted air. More than half of population as to cope on an all-too-regular basis with air full of dangerous particles and dust.  More

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TTIP due to be given Czech seal of approval

08-10-2015 16:20 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Calvin Teo, CC BY-SA 2.5 The US has just hammered out one trade agreement stretching across the Pacific. But the much discussed wide ranging agreeement across the trans-Atlantic with the EU is still being negotiated with the target of sealing it under Barack Obama’s second term...  More

Industrial production accelerates in August though construction output and retail growth slows

07-10-2015 13:08 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Klára Stejskalová Industrial output in the Czech Republic gathered pace in August, achieving year-on-year growth of 6.3 percent, according to figures released on Wednesday by the Czech Statistics Office.   More



Accelerator seeks to help Czech companies put down roots in US

07-10-2015 13:39 | Chris Johnstone

Opening ceremony of MeoHub, photo: archive of MeoHub Czech companies, even the biggest of them, do not have a sizable footprint in the United States. The value of Czech exports to the US is approaching around 100 billion crowns, which sounds a lot but is probably a bit disappointing given the size of the...  More

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Current Affairs

Five missing Czechs said to be alive and still in Lebanon

07-10-2015 14:54 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Czech Television Information about the five Czechs who went missing in Lebanon in July has been pretty sparse since the first surge of reports and activity surrounding their disappearance almost three months ago. That silence holds good both for Czech and local Lebanese...  More

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Hockey legend Jágr to bring back beloved mullet

07-10-2015 15:37 | Jan Velinger

Jaromír Jágr, photo: s.yume, CC BY-SA 2.0 This Wednesday marks 25 years since Czech hockey legend Jaromír Jágr scored his first NHL goal. On October 7, 1990, he beat Chris Terreri – then-goalie for the New Jersey Devils. Jágr has since scored an additional 721 regular season goals and will no...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

05-10-2015 15:46 | Ian Willoughby

Tomáš Berdych, photo: YouTube In Sports News this Monday: Berdych wins first title of year in Shenzhen; Czech women flop at China Open; Sparta and Plzeň both score four to stay tied at top of soccer league; Plzeň lead hockey Extraliga; and Blažek quits as coach of women’s basketball...  More

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03-10-2015 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Ája Vrzáňová, photo: Czech Television Today in Mailbox: WW2 fighters interviewed by Czechoslovak/Czech Radio in the past, answers to Radio Prague's listeners' quiz question, a new question for the coming weeks. Listeners/readers quoted: Alan Keith, Wendy Parez, Syed Khizar Hayat Shah, Shahzad...  More

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