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10-02-2016 03:31

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Czech exports reach all-time high

09-02-2016 15:44 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: athewma / freeimages

Photo: athewma / freeimages

Czech exports reached a record 3.9 trillion crowns in 2015, an increase of 7.2 percent year on year. Although exports to Russia dropped by over 30 percent higher exports to the county’s traditional EU partners made up for the difference.  More

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Alternative fuel cars gain in popularity among Czech motorists

09-02-2016 15:44 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Jan Rosenauer More and more Czech motorists are turning to alternative fuel vehicles, from plug-in electric cars to hybrids to compressed natural gas. Over the last two years alone, an additional 500 electric cars have joined regular traffic in the Czech Republic, bringing the total use of electric cars in the country to around 1,000.  More

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One on One

Far-right focus on migrants taking heat off Roma at least for now, says Czechs Against Czechs maker Tomáš Kratochvíl

08-02-2016 16:16 | Ian Willoughby

Tomáš Kratochvíl, photo: Ian Willoughby One of the most thought-provoking documentaries to hit local cinema screens in recent months has been Czechs Against Czechs by Tomáš Kratochvíl. In the highly personal film, the young director – a member of the majority population – goes to live in a desperately poor Romany ghetto in north Bohemia. Along the way, he also encounters far-right activists who organise anti-Roma demonstrations, as well as members of the public who don’t hide their hatred of the ethnic minority. More

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Sports News

Sports News

08-02-2016 15:49 | Ian Willoughby

Karolína Plíšková, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Plíšková to rescue as Czechs beat Romania to reach Fed Cup last four; reinforcement Šural signs for Sparta ahead of league resumption; and poor shooting by Vítková leaves Czech biathlon team 10th in Canada.  More

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Czech Life

Czech scientists calculate whether 'Goldilocks' planet can exist near a cold black hole

06-02-2016 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Black hole, photo: NASA Anyone who saw the 2014 space opera Interstellar will remember that planets featured in the film, visited by a crew from Earth, orbited not a star but a massive black hole called Gargantua, its accretion disc the source of heat and light. Much of the science in the film was calculated by renowned physicist Kip Thorne and indeed the treatment of black holes in the film was a source of inspiration for scientists even here in the Czech Republic. More

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Panorama

New dean of NATO Defense College: Our perception of what presents a threat sometimes differs

04-02-2016 15:58 | Daniela Lazarová

František Mičánek, photo: archive of University of Defense in Brno Brigadier General František Mičánek, head of the Centre for Security and Military Strategic Studies at the University of Defense in Brno, was recently elected Dean of NATO Defense College in Rome. He is the second Czech to secure a high post in NATO defense structures, following General Petr Pavel’s appointment as chairman of NATO's Military Committee.  More

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Business

Popular Prague department store bought by former banker

09-02-2016 15:50 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Kristýna Maková Real estate magnate and former banker Václav Skala has bought Kotva, an icon among Prague department stores which first opened some 36 years ago when then-Czechoslovakia was behind the Iron Curtain. The price of the deal? Around two billion crowns (the...  More

Flawed safety checks at Czech nuclear plants lasted for around a decade

08-02-2016 13:37 | Chris Johnstone

Dukovany nuclear power plant, photo: Jiří Sedláček, CC BY-SA 4.0 International For the last half year the Czech Republic’s dominant electricity company and nuclear power plant operator ČEZ has been plagued by flawed safety checks at both of its nuclear power plants. It now turns out that the flawed checks continued for around a...  More

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Current Affairs

“Symbol of help for refugees” attacked in Prague

08-02-2016 15:35 | Ian Willoughby

Klinika, photo: CTK On Saturday evening, hours after anti-Islamic demonstrations in Prague, around 20 masked men attacked a social centre in the city that organises collections for refugees. The assailants threw petrol bombs and stones in an incident that has been condemned...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Birthday tribute to singer songwriter Vladimír Merta

07-02-2016 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Vladimír Merta, photo: Prokop Havel Today’s edition of Sunday Music Show is dedicated to Vladimír Merta, one of the country’s best singer-songwriters and an excellent guitarist, who has just celebrated his 70th birthday. He marked the day earlier this week with a concert at Prague’s Akropolis,...  More

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SoundCzech

To be tongue-tied

06-02-2016 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Kristýna Maková Hello and welcome to a fresh edition of SoundCzech, in which you can learn interesting Czech idioms with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song is by the singer and song writer Michal Prokop. It’s called Blues o spolykaných slovech or Blues about swallowed...  More

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Travel Tip

Vlčnov celebrates the reign of new boy-king

03-02-2016 15:27 | Daniela Lazarová

Šimon Pešl, photo: CTK The wine flowed freely and the music played until the small hours at the annual costume ball in the town of Vlčnov last Saturday. The ball annually launches the reign of the new boy-king elected by the young men who’d come of age the previous year. The...  More

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