Current Affairs

Czech Republic breaks EU ranks on proposed boycott of end-of-war celebrations in China

04-08-2015 13:42 | Daniela Lazarová

Miloš Zeman, photo: ČT24

Miloš Zeman, photo: ČT24

President Zeman‘s plans to attend commemorative events in China marking the end of WWII in the Pacific has made the Czech Republic the only country to break EU ranks on a proposed boycott of the celebrations. EU leaders are reportedly staying away from the events due to tensions between China and Japan, and according to Tuesday’s Hospodářské noviny which carried the story, the fact that the Czech Republic threw a spanner in the works of a coordinated EU position because of its president has not been well-received. I asked Jakub Janda of the European Values think tank about the possible impact of this decision.  More

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Greasing machine makes many friends in Prague

04-08-2015 15:22 | Ruth Fraňková

Foto: Facebook Mazací tramvaj The city of Prague has a new, rather unusual attraction: a special operational tram that lubricates the tracks to make trams run more quietly. The Facebook page devoted to the bright orange vehicle has attracted nearly four thousand followers to date.  More

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In Focus

Student sees beauty in abandoned buildings

04-08-2015 15:32 | Ruth Fraňková

While most people regard decrepit buildings as something ugly, there are some who actually find them fascinating. One of the people enchanted by these modern-day ruins is Czech student Katka Havlíková. For several years now, she has been exploring vacant buildings across the Czech Republic as well as beyond the country's borders. She has even published a book on urban exploration and another one is to be released later this year. I met with Katka Havlíková to find out more about the phenomenon and her own fascination by vacant buildings:  More

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One on One

Pro-Russian disinformation mainly focused on undermining West, says report author Ivana Smoleňová

03-08-2015 16:52 | Ian Willoughby

Ivana Smoleňová, photo: archive of Ivana Smoleňová A number of media outlets in this part of the world are spreading pro-Kremlin propaganda with a view to undermining faith in Western institutions. That is the message of a study recently published by the Prague Security Studies Institute entitled The Pro-Russian Disinformation Campaign in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. I discussed various aspects of this purported campaign with the author of the report, Ivana Smoleňová. My first question: What particular media outlets are involved?  More

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Czech Books

Message of student solidarity still powerful after more than seventy years

01-08-2015 02:01 | David Vaughan

Protests by Czech university students on 28 October 1939, photo: ČT24 One of the early atrocities of World War Two was the violent suppression of protests by Czech university students on 28 October 1939. This was just over six months after German troops had marched into Prague. One student was killed and three weeks later a further nine were executed. Twelve hundred more were sent to concentration camps. The news caused outrage in countries fighting Nazi Germany and 17 November was declared International Students’ Day. With the help of staff from the Czech Radio archive, David Vaughan and students from the Anglo-American University in Prague have uncovered a unique radio play, produced in wartime London in response to these tragic events. More

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Dvůr Králové Zoo opens first lion safari in Central and Eastern Europe

30-07-2015 15:20 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: ČT24 The Dvůr Králové Zoo which is known for its valiant efforts to try to save the Northern White Rhino, has a new attraction. This month it opened a lion safari – the only one of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. Just days after the opening I spoke to the zoo’s Jan Stejskal about the new undertaking and began by asking how the idea to establish a lion safari in central Europe emerged.  More

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Drought shrivels Czech harvest

04-08-2015 15:24 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: European Commission The biggest drought in over a decade is expected to take a heavy toll on the harvest and particularly small and medium sized farmers with inadequate irrigation facilities are expected to be hard hit. According to preliminary estimates Czech fruit and...  More

Company profits show healthy growth but pay rises lagging for now

03-08-2015 16:37 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Škoda Auto While Czech companies have seen healthy growth in their profits in the last year and a half, their employees have seen little change in their pay packets, Hospodářské noviny reported on Monday. Firms are instead opting to reinvest their gains or use...  More


Current Affairs

Unrest at asylum facility sparks fresh concerns over migrant crisis

03-08-2015 16:56 | Daniela Lazarová

Bělá pod Bezdězem asylum facility, photo: ČT24 Unrest at the Bělá asylum facility north of Prague at the close of last week, in which migrants repeatedly tried to force their way out of the enclosed premises, breaking two security gates in the process, has raised public concern with regard to the...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

03-08-2015 15:31 | Ian Willoughby

Petr Čech, photo: ČTK In Sports News this Monday: Čech beats former club Chelsea in perfect competitive debut for Arsenal; Plzeň sustain surprise defeat at Dukla having fielded weakened side ahead of Champions League qualifier; disappointment for Czech swimmers at worlds;...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Vojtěch Dyk and the B-Side Band

02-08-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Vojtěch Dyk, photo: YouTube In this week we hear tracks off a newer project by acclaimed singer and performer Vojtěch Dyk and B-Side Band.   More

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01-08-2015 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Jan Harant In Magazine: a chink in the armour of the Czech military, a forty-metre-tall brick chimney in bloom, a Czech town holds its annual bread-baking celebration and forget about exotic breeds “adopt” a bench on Wenceslas Square!   More

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An American foodie goes to Prague

A café paradise in Vinohrady and Žižkov

01-08-2015 | Halley Crane

Café Pavlač  (Photo: Café Pavlač) Prague’s Vinohrady and Žižkov are two up-and-coming culinary neighbourhoods full of quaint cafés and charming watering holes. Since living in the area, I’ve tried to spend as much time as possible café hopping, and sampling some of the tasty treats and...  More

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Czech designer sex toys in production following successful crowdfunding campaign

29-07-2015 15:06 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Anna Marešová Designer Anna Marešová first made headlines several years ago when her sex toys won the main National Student Design Award. Since, she has gone professional. Just recently she oversaw a crowdfunding campaign which raised almost 40,000 US...  More

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