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Social Democrat leadership up in arms over local government coalition with ultra-right party

25-11-2014 15:19 | Daniela Lazarová

Anti-Romany demonstration in Duchcov in 2013, photo: Gabriela Hauptvogelová

Anti-Romany demonstration in Duchcov in 2013, photo: Gabriela Hauptvogelová

A rift has developed within the Social Democratic Party over the decision of the local party organization in the north Bohemian town of Duchcov to enter into a coalition with the ultra-right Workers Party of Social Justice whose members have in the past organized anti-Romany demonstrations in the town. The party’s national leadership has distanced itself from the coalition and called for the local party organization to be scrapped, but the party’s regional leadership has surprisingly refused to comply, arguing that the coalition is perfectly legitimate. More

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Political commentator Jiří Pehe: Duchcov coalition could seriously damage the Social Democrats

25-11-2014 15:19 | Daniela Lazarová

Jiří Pehe, photo: Šárka Ševčíková The situation in Duchcov, north Bohemia, where the Social Democrats have entered into a coalition with the ultra-right Workers Social Justice Party and the Communists and its possible implications for the Social Democratic Party have become a hotly debated topic both in political circles and the media. Party leader Bohuslav Sobotka has expressed grave concern regarding the latest developments which he described as “wholly unacceptable” and has made it clear he would fight to have the local branch of the Social Democratic Party scrapped.  More

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In Focus

Czechs increasingly generous, says organizer of national food collection

25-11-2014 16:00 | Jan Richter

Photo: CTK Over 170 tonnes of food was donated to Czech charities and NGOs in the second national food collection that took place over the weekend. Individuals, supermarket chains and food producers all chipped in to provide some 350,000 meals for those in need. Organizers consider the food drive’s second edition a major success, and say that a recent change in tax rules will prompt companies to donate more food in the future.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

24-11-2014 16:40 | Ian Willoughby

Roman Koudelka, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Ski jumper Koudelka tops World Cup podium for first time for great start to season; speed skater Sablíková comes first in only second mass start race; Plzeň still top of league after win over Bohemians; and Sparta set to welcome Napoli in Europa League.  More

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Sunday Music Show

Singer Ida Kelarová finds inspiration in her Romany roots

23-11-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Ida Kelarová, photo: archive of Radio Prague Singer Ida Kelarová is a singer, musician and choirmaster who performs some of the best Romany music to come out of the Czech Republic. But, ironically it was many years before she learnt of her Romany origin and was able to fully connect with her legacy.  More

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Magazine

Magazine

22-11-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Dominik Feri, photo: archive of TOP 09 In Magazine: a newly-elected councilor says his political success has resulted in a lot of bad hair days, Czechs like flirting in the workplace, curvy girls strip off in support of the fight against teenage anorexia and the country’s second richest man enjoys a communist-era “retro” lunch on the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.  More

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Special

The revolutionary year 1989 and life under communism – in games

19-11-2014 15:52 | Jan Velinger

Photo: GMT games Máme holé ruce (Our hands are empty) and Havel na Hrad (Havel to the Castle): those are just two of many slogans to be forever associated with the Velvet Revolution, which began 25 years ago this week in Czechoslovakia, eventually toppling the communist regime. Those slogans also feature on the box of a highly-acclaimed board game based on those turbulent days called 1989: Dawn of Freedom. Created by Chicago-based designer Ted Torgerson the title, aptly enough, saw its Czech release earlier this year. More

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Business

e-shops in Czech Republic get upper hand over stone & mortar stores

25-11-2014 14:47 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Radio Prague e-shops in the Czech Republic are expected to get a jump on shopping centres and other outlets in pre-Christmas sales, according to a new poll by GE Money Bank. This will be a first for internet dealers in the country.   More

Sexist Piggy Awards show sex and sexism remain in wheelhouse of many ad makers

24-11-2014 17:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Nesehnutí In the past, ads which have “won” Sexist Piggy Awards have been largely commercial in nature: scantily-clad women draped over cars or propping up chainsaws or other power tools. While this remains true even now, participants and the jury in this year’s...  More

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One on One

Czechs getting into vintage clothing as concept catches on, says Bohemia Retro owner Rebecca Eastwood

24-11-2014 17:07 | Ian Willoughby

Rebecca Eastwood, photo: Ian Willoughby Prague’s Žižkov district is where you’ll find Bohemia Retro, a vintage clothing store packed with hard-to-find items mainly from pre-1989 Czechoslovakia. The cosy, colourful shop is run by Rebecca Eastwood, an expat Brit and part-time singer who has...  More

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Current Affairs

Czech ministers set for joint meeting with Israeli counterparts in Jerusalem

24-11-2014 13:19 | Jan Richter

Photo: Filip Jandourek Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and several members of his government are heading to Jerusalem for consultations with their Israeli counterparts, the third such high-level meeting since 2012. The agenda includes the broadening of economic ties,...  More

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Czech Books

Irena Eliášová: a song to raise your spirits

22-11-2014 02:01 | David Vaughan

Irena Eliášová, photo: David Vaughan The poet, playwright and novelist Irena Eliášová spent her early childhood in a Romany village in south-western Slovakia. The memory of this time has become the defining experience in her writing. But Irena does not write just about the lost world of...  More

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Letter from Prague

Becoming Richard

22-11-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Illustrative photo: archive of Czech Radio My freshly acquired driving license gives my name as Ian Richard Willoughby. That is indeed what appears on my birth certificate. But strangely my middle name Richard, having played virtually no role in the first half of my life, has come to the fore...  More

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Arts

Former Prague slaughterhouse turned into new theatre and centre for experimental art

21-11-2014 15:58 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Jatka 78 Earlier this month, Cirk La Putyka (one of the Czech Republic’s most acclaimed New Circus companies) and project manager Štepan Kubišta launched Jatka 78, a new theatre and experimental multi-media centre expected to bring new possibilities and new work...  More

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Panorama

Tackling the Czech Republic's poor air quality

20-11-2014 15:19 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: František Tichý November saw the release of an annual government-commissioned report on the state of the environment in the Czech Republic. While the gist of the report maintained that a number of factors continued to improve, including water quality and canalisation,...  More

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