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Transit of East German refugees through Prague remembered 25 years later

30-09-2014 15:20 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Czech Television

Photo: Czech Television

Twenty-five years ago, the West German Embassy in a normally quiet part of Prague’s Malá Strana became a refuge for hundreds of East Germans, desperately trying to escape from communism. On September 30 1989, they got the news they were hoping for, when West Germany’s foreign minister stood before them and announced they were free to emigrate to the West.  More

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Czech hospital audit sparks ministerial row

30-09-2014 15:20 | Jan Richter

Photo: Filip Jandourek A probe into how Czech hospitals handled EU funds in the last five years has sparked a row among members of the coalition government. Health Minister Svatopluk Němeček has backed complaints by hospital directors over the audit’s alleged arbitrariness and lack of transparency. But the Finance Ministry says the probe, ordered by the EU, is a standard procedure, and accuses Mr Němeček of trying to influence its results.  More

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In Focus

Play about two extraordinary Shoah survivors from Prague enjoys two months’ run at off-Broadway theatre

30-09-2014 16:07 | Ruth Fraňková

This summer, an off-Broadway theatre in New York put on a play about the actress Hana Pravda and the athlete Miloš Dobrý, two extraordinary Czech Jews living in Prague before WWII. The documentary drama “The Good and the True”, which has run for two months, follows the life of the protagonists who however never met in real life. Originally written and directed by Daniel Hrbek for Prague’s Švandovo Theatre, the intimate play conveys the courage and determination which helped the two people survive the horrors of Terezín and Auschwitz.  More

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One on One

Life story of traveller Zikmund (95) like journey in time, says documentarian Petr Horký

29-09-2014 16:38 | Ian Willoughby

Petr Horký, Miroslav Zikmund, photo: Jindřich Böhm The new documentary The Old Man and the World explores the life of one of the greatest of Czech travellers, Miroslav Zikmund. The exploits of Zikmund (now almost 96) and his partner Jiří Hanzelka made them big stars in a period beginning in the late 1940s. The film is directed by Petr Horký, a traveller who has himself shot in around 80 countries around the world.  More

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Special

Czech Statehood Day: A look at the symbols of the nation

28-09-2014 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: archive of Radio Prague In a special programme to mark Czech Statehood Day, I am joined in the studio by Ondřej Matějka, who is the Deputy Director of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. He has agreed to help me explore some issues related to heraldry, meaning national symbols and the iconography of the Czech people.  More

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Letter from Prague

Letter from Behind the Green Fox

27-09-2014 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Google Street View Growing up at a housing estate on the outskirts of Prague, I always dreamt of living in an old house in the centre, with high ceilings and thick walls. But as chance would have it as an adult I ended up living just next door from the street where I spent my childhood – Za Zelenou liškou or Behind the Green Fox.  More

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Panorama

Dvůr Králové Zoo spearheading international efforts to save northern white rhino from extinction

25-09-2014 16:07 | Daniela Lazarová

White rhino in Dvůr Králové Zoo, photo: Barbora Kmentová Zoos in a number of European countries burned rhino horns on Sunday on the eve of World Rhino Day, in order to highlight the plight of the endangered species. Dvůr Králové Zoo, which has for years spearheaded international efforts to save the northern white rhino from extinction was among them.  More

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Business

Czech military to spend up to CZK 1.7 billion on new air defence radar system

30-09-2014 16:26 | Jan Richter

ReUNION, photo: archive of Retia The Czech Defence Ministry has announced plans to acquire a new anti-aircraft radar system to replace obsolete Soviet-era equipment. The ministry will pursue the acquisition independently, abandoning plans to develop a new air defence radar system together...  More

Future of Czech postal service unclear as ministers clash

29-09-2014 14:42 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Tomáš Adamec The future of Česká pošta (Czech Post) is unclear as key ministers in the centre-left coalition government have differing views as to what to do with the country’s state-owned mail service, Hospodářské noviny reported on Monday.   More

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Sports News

Sports News

29-09-2014 15:59 | Ian Willoughby

Petra Kulichová (right), photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Czechs go straight through to second stage of Women’s Basketball World Championship, thanks in part to returnee Kulichová; Sparta win fourth Prague soccer derby in row; Litvínov have seven wins in seven in hockey’s Extraliga...  More

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Current Affairs

President Zeman calls for lifting of Russia sanctions at event organized by Putin associate

29-09-2014 15:59 | Jan Richter

Miloš Zeman, photo: Filip Jandourek Czech President Miloš Zeman has come under criticism for denouncing sanctions against Russia – in Russian – at an event organised by a close associate of Vladimir Putin’s. Mr. Zeman described the conflict in Ukraine as a civil war and said the situation...  More

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Czech Books

Elena Buixaderas: a Spanish poet in Prague

27-09-2014 02:01 | David Vaughan

Elena Buixaderas, photo: Isaac Sibecas At a crossroads in Europe, the Czech capital has always been an international city and has attracted writers from many parts of the world. But, despite the rich historical links between the two countries going back to the 16th century and beyond, we...  More

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Magazine

Magazine

27-09-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Miloš Zeman, photo: CTK In Magazine: Czech scientists get two Ig Nobel awards, President Zeman makes a faux pas in Zlin, a python finds refuge from the cold in an engine compartment and Prague prepares for a boisterous weekend of grape harvest celebrations.   More

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Arts

Stunning film uses tiny drone to take viewers on “magic carpet” over Prague

26-09-2014 15:05 | Ian Willoughby

Source: YouTube There have been a number of time-lapse videos and would-be viral commercials making use of Prague’s beauty in recent times. But to my mind Magic Carpet Ride Over Prague is in a different league, capturing many of the Czech capital’s most spectacular...  More

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Marketplace

Draft budget for 2015 criticized as unambitious

24-09-2014 15:25 | Jan Richter

Photo: Barbora Kmentová The draft budget for next year, approved this week by the Czech government, projects a deficit of some 2.3 percent of the country’s GDP. Government officials say the budget will allow for higher public investments and hikes in public sector salaries...  More

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