02-08-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Illustrative photo: Štěpánka Budková In Magazine: a man gets a tall fine for waking up the mayor with a complaint, a woman takes her mother’s ashes to an energy company to prove that she’s not about to pay any more bills, a singing lawyer runs for a seat in the Senate and the police catch a foxy thief red-handed.  More

Letter from Prague

Guidebook to the past

02-08-2014 | Ian Willoughby

Recently, at an old house down the country, I happened upon an interesting guidebook, or “bedeker”, as Czechs call such publications, in reference to the famous Baedeker guides that originated in the 19th century.  More


Outgoing US ambassador Norman Eisen admits Czech metamorphosis

01-08-2014 17:34 | Jan Richter

Norman Eisen, photo: Embassy of the United States The US ambassador to the Czech Republic, Norman Eisen, is set to leave Prague later this month, after three and a half years in office. In our special programme, Ambassador Eisen discusses the state of the Czech-US relations, his involvement in Czech anti-corruption battle and human rights efforts, as well as his personal reflections of his time in Prague. I sat down with Norman Eisen at the US ambassador’s residence, and first asked him what he thought his biggest accomplishments were. More

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Clam-Gallas family correspondence provides moving testimony of the two world wars – Part I

31-07-2014 12:40 | Daniela Lazarová, David Hamr

Chris Kelly is the granddaughter of Edina Winkelbauer, nee Clam-Gallas (1889-1970), a member of the old nobility who was a nurse with the Knights of Malta on the Italian front in WW I. On her mother's death Chris Kelly inherited a collection of more than 500 letters – correspondence between members of her family during World War I and World War II. The letters her grandmother sent from the front and others exchanged by family members during World War II are a moving document of the times and reveal how the wars changed her family’s fortunes and impacted the lives of her ancestors. In an interview for Czech Radio Chris Kelly explains how much insight she gained through this precious family legacy.  More

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In Focus

First woman rabbi Regina Jonas honoured in Terezín

29-07-2014 16:53 | Jan Richter

Regina Jonas, foto: public domain Almost eighty years after her ordination, the world’s first woman rabbi, Regina Jonas, has been honoured at the former Nazi concentration camp in Terezín. Several of her successors, including the first American female rabbi Sally Priesand, attended the ceremony in Terezín. Since Jonas’ times, women have been serving the religious needs of hundreds of congregations around the world – but for the largely secular Czech Jewish community, there are no women rabbis in sight.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

28-07-2014 14:55 | Ian Willoughby

Leopold König, photo: ČTK In Sports News this Monday: Czech König finishes seventh overall in debut Tour de France – and is already looking forward to next year; champions Sparta win opening game of new soccer season while Plzeň draw puts pressure on manager Uhrin.  More

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Will “Made in Czechoslovakia” make a comeback?

01-08-2014 16:05 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Petr Dadák, CC BY-SA 2.0 Although the idea was rejected by new Slovák President Andrej Kiska on his visit to Prague in June, the export banks of both countries have not given up plans to revive the Made in Czechoslovakia designation. The deciding factor is the former Czechoslovakia’s...  More

Business News

01-08-2014 16:05 | Jan Velinger

Trade Minister Jan Mládek, photo: Filip Jandourek In Business News this Friday: Industry & Trade Minister warns up to 1,000 could be lost due to EU sanctions; Ahold gets ready to transform former Interspar supermarkets; Vítkovice Steel will shut down Ostrava plant; Travel Service will no longer offer...  More


Current Affairs

Compensation for victims of forced sterilisation planned

01-08-2014 14:11 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Czech Government Plans are afoot to compensate thousands of Czech women, many from the Roma minority, sterilised against their will between the early 1970s and the early 1990s. Lidové noviny reported on Friday that victims could receive up to CZK 150,000 each under legislation...  More

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South Koreans step up investments in Czech Republic

30-07-2014 16:21 | Jan Richter

Photo: ČTK The Czech Republic has secured another major foreign investment with the South Korean car parts maker Hyundai Mobis signing a deal to build a factory outside Ostrava. It’s the third large South Korean investment project in the Czech Republic – but new...  More

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One on One

Close brush with death gave me chance to become known writer, says humourist Steve Fisher

28-07-2014 15:22 | Ian Willoughby

Steve Fisher, photo: Ian Willoughby Steve Fisher has a humorous column in the weekly Reflex that regularly provides a highly amusing take on Czech life from a foreigner’s perspective. The US-born author has had a host of other jobs in over two decades in Prague, including radio DJ, bit-part...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Michal Hrůza - From Ready Kirken to Kapela Hrůzy

27-07-2014 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Michal Hrůza, photo: Adam Kebrt Michal Hrůza is one of the Czech Republic’s most notable singers and songwriters. The 43-year-old, who hails from Turnov, got his start in the mid-1990s with Ready Kirken with whom he wrote numerous hits, before moving on to a solo career and performing...  More

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