09-12-2016 00:54

Current Affairs

Government budget for 2017 draws fire from both sides of opposition

08-12-2016 13:56 | Chris Johnstone

Andrej Babiš, photo: ČTK

Andrej Babiš, photo: ČTK

After a seven hour debate and many motions for changes, the government coalition rallied its troops and won sufficient support to push through its planned 2017 budget which foresees a slight reduction in the planned state deficit.  More

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CzechTourism agency preparing to spotlight the country’s Baroque legacy

08-12-2016 14:04 | Daniela Lazarová

Vrtba Gardens in Prague’s Lesser Town, photo: Juan de Vojníkov, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported After a year of events dedicated to highlighting the legacy of Bohemian King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, CzechTourism is preparing its main theme for 2017. The focus will be on the country’s Baroque period, with its architecture, landscape, music and gastronomy.  More

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Project aimed at fighting hate crime acquires fresh urgency in light of migrant crisis

08-12-2016 14:42 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Gabriela Hauptvogelová In 2015 the government launched a two year project to help fight hate crime directed against Romanies and other minorities in the Czech Republic. With the migrant crisis, the project acquired a broader scope and greater urgency. In Iustitia, an NGO that helps victims of hate crime was involved in the undertaking. I spoke to its founder, lawyer Klára Kalibová, to find out more.  More

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In Focus

Czech Brisbane community tunes in to local roots

06-12-2016 12:44 | Ruth Fraňková

Lenka TeWhiu, photo: archive of Lenka TeWhiu The Czech expatriate community in the Australian city of Brisbane only counts several hundred people, but they have always been very active in maintaining the Czech language and culture for future generations. One of the members of the local expat community is Lenka TeWhiu, who settled in Brisbane more than fifteen years ago.  More

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Sunday Music Show

Terne Chave – a Romany band with a difference

04-12-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Terne Chave, photo: Zewlakk Dlouhý Krok Terne Chave is currently one of the most successful Romany bands in the Czech Republic. Its seven members started out performing Romany songs at special events in their home town of Hradec Kralové and ended up touring European countries. Today they still draw on their Romany roots but they compose their own music laced with Latino, jazz, punk, reggae, flamenco, and rock. Check-out our Sunday Music show for a taste of what they have to offer.  More

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03-12-2016 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Photo: Stuart Miles / In this very last edition of Mailbox on Radio Prague we quote for one last time from your answers to the Mystery Czech quiz which has run for 12 years and featured 150 notable personalities of Czech origin.  More

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2016 set to be record year for supermarket chains on Czech market

08-12-2016 11:44 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: archive of Radio Prague 2016 is set to be a bumper year for the Czech Republic’s supermarket chains, which took in over CZK 200 billion in the first three quarters according to the national statistics authority. Meanwhile, a number are investing billions in buildings and new...  More

Percentage of food products sold as Czech could fall significantly under new rules

07-12-2016 12:58 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Ambro / From the start of next month stricter new rules governing which foods can be sold as “Czech” come into force. The country’s supermarket chains are already calculating what percentage of the items on their shelves will be listed as locally produced –...  More



Small Czech border town set for Lithium mining boom

07-12-2016 12:48 | Chris Johnstone

Lithium, photo: Tomihahndorf, Public Domain Lithium is very much the metal of the moment as one of the raw materials used for making batteries for electric cars and many other applications for renewable energy. And its high demand and soaring prices look like they could help make the Czech Republic...  More

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One on One

Teenage blindness helped inspire me to become ophthalmologist, says Dr. Jarka Heissigerová

05-12-2016 14:12 | Ian Willoughby

Jarka Heissigerová, photo: archive of Jarka Heissigerová Jarka Heissigerová is an internationally recognised expert on uveitis, a rare, hard to diagnose and potentially blinding eye condition. The doctor, who spent a number of years studying and working in Scotland, switched her focus to the disease after...  More

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Czech Books

Michael Tate: bringing us the best of Central European writing

03-12-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

Michael Tate, photo: David Vaughan Publishers that focus on contemporary writing from Central Europe are few and far between, but they play an important role in bringing Czech poetry and prose to an international audience. One of the newest players is Jantar Publishing, based in London....  More

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Will darkly funny Czech animated short get Happy End at the 2017 Oscars?

02-12-2016 14:52 | Jan Velinger

'Happy End', photo: archive of Jan Saska Just a few days ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 10 films worldwide which had made the short list for Oscar nominations in the Animated Short Films Category. Among them, is a film entitled Happy End, the work of up and coming...  More

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