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Analyst: Timing of “alternative” Visegrad Group not ideal

29-01-2015 14:09 | Dominik Jůn

Bohuslav Sobotka, Robert Fico, Werner Faymann, photo: CTK

Bohuslav Sobotka, Robert Fico, Werner Faymann, photo: CTK

The prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria met Thursday at Slavkov Castle, near Brno, for a round of talks designed to strengthen ties between the three nations. However, concerns have been expressed in some geo-political circles that the grouping may be an attempt to create an alternative to the Visegrad Group, comprising the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. More

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Czech exhibition showcases controversial Charlie Hebdo cartoons

29-01-2015 14:09 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: CTK The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo recently made world headlines when Islamic radicals killed its editor-in-chief and leading cartoonists. Now Czechs have a unique opportunity to get acquainted with Charlie Hebdo at Prague’s DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, which has just launched an exhibition of more than 200 front covers of the magazine.  More

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Marketplace

Ownership changes help spark new media flurry in Czech Republic

28-01-2015 14:22 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Bin im Garten, CC BY-SA 3.0 Traditional Czech newspapers appear to be losing their allure under new ownership. Readership and advertising revenues are down. Meanwhile, though, a raft of new media titles and concepts have hit the market, all trying to find the magic formula for success.  More

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In Focus

Texan builds business on DIY skills

27-01-2015 15:05 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: DIY Praha Do you need a new shelf but you are fed up with going to IKEA again? Well, why not try making it yourself? If you don’t have the space or the tools, you can visit a DIY workshop in the centre of Prague. In case you are lacking the experience and skills, its owner, Hank Duke, can also provide the necessary know-how.  More

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One on One

Energy of ‘90s Prague was invigorating, says Maltese writer Alex Vella Gera

26-01-2015 15:50 | Ian Willoughby

Alex Vella Gera, photo: Ian Willoughby Novelist Alex Vella Gera made headlines in his native Malta in 2009 when he found himself in court over a short story deemed obscene by the authorities. The piece had been written several years earlier, during a spell the writer – then in his 20s – spent living in Prague in the second half of the 1990s. Vella Gera has just been back in the Czech capital for the first time since then for a short visit. More

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Czech Life

Last British Wellington bomber, undergoing final stage of restoration work, could be used to honour Czechoslovak WW II airmen

24-01-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Jiří Hošek Public broadcaster Czech Radio has backed in initiative for a Vickers Wellington bomber undergoing restoration work in Great Britain to feature the markings of the Czechoslovak 311th squadron which flew with that type of RAF bomber in World War II. Czech Radio’s correspondent in London, Jiří Hošek, first learned of the reconstruction project last autumn, and came forward with the idea. What are the chances the plane could feature the colours of the 311th? And what is the aircraft’s place in Czechoslovak military history? Find out in today’s edition.  More

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Business

National quality mark promotion to go partly in-house under Ministry plan

29-01-2015 14:20 | Ian Willoughby

The Ministry of Agriculture has earmarked more funding for the advertising of Czech-produced foods this year. However, it plans major changes in how its Klasa national quality mark is promoted, Mladá fronta Dnes reported on Thursday.   More

Škoda Auto to hive off hundreds of workers and cut manager numbers

28-01-2015 15:20 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Škoda Auto The Czech Republic’s biggest car maker Škoda Auto is having one of its most successful periods and last year sold a record one million-plus vehicles. However, Mladá fronta Dnes reported on Wednesday, it is planning to hive off some workers into outside...  More

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Current Affairs

Czech foreign minister dismisses president's anti-terrorism policy

28-01-2015 13:28 | Dominik Jůn

Lubomír Zaorálek, photo: Filip Jandourek Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek has publicly rebuked comments made by President Miloš Zeman regarding how best to fight against Islamic radicalism. Zeman used an event marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz to warn of the...  More

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Future of historic Werich Villa decided after years of speculation

28-01-2015 14:46 | Ruth Fraňková

Werich Villa, photo: Filip Jandourek After years of speculation regarding its future, the famous Werich Villa on Prague’s Kampa, once the home of the famous Czech actor Jan Werich, is set to get a new tenant. The Prague authorities have just decided to rent the historical building to the...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

26-01-2015 16:07 | Ian Willoughby

Tomáš Berdych, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Berdych facing bogey-man Nadal in Australian Open quarter-final; Kvitová exits in third round in Melbourne; Voráček plays down equaling All-Star Game points record; Rosický is star man for Arsenal; and Koudelka tops World...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Kieslowski – Downtempo duo get intimate on Mezi Lopatky

25-01-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Indies Scope Records Mezi Lopatky, the third LP from Prague group Kieslowski, was one of the most acclaimed local indie releases of 2014. Duo Marie Kieslowski and David Pomahač describe themselves as “urban folk” and “amplified acoustic”, though their downtempo sound and...  More

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Letter from Prague

Masaryk, tech visionary?

24-01-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, photo: YouTube One is so used to black-and-white photographs depicting Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the founder of Czechoslovakia, as stern, dignified, even iconic looking that a video posted on YouTube in which he playfully speaks to camera is almost startling.   More

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