20-01-2017 10:47

Current Affairs

Czech connection and Zeman support could smooth early interaction with Trump presidency: Hynek Kmoníček

20-01-2017 10:33 | Chris Johnstone

Donald Trump, photo: CTK

Donald Trump, photo: CTK

If you’re looking for a Czech who probably has a good take on what the Donald Trump presidency has in store it’s the director of president Miloš Zeman’s foreign affairs office, Hynek Kmoníček. He took up that post after stints as Czech ambassador to India, Australia, and the United Nations. And Kmoníček is the hot tip to become the next Czech ambassador in Washington, likely taking up the post within a few weeks.  More


Filmmaker Jan Kaplan shares his memories and photographs of the famous author Bohumil Hrabal

19-01-2017 15:06 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Ondřej Tomšů An exhibition of photographs of the internationally renowned author Bohumil Hrabal is currently on show at Lucerna Café in Prague. The collection of photos was taken by the Czech-born documentary filmmaker and photographer Jan Kaplan, based in London, who became friends with Hrabal in the 1990s, after giving him a tour of London.  More

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Debate develops over direction of Czech health care sector

18-01-2017 12:23 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Filip Jandourek Health looks set to be one of the political battlegrounds in upcoming Czech elections scheduled to take place in October. Some of the lines are already being drawn and that’s just between the two leading government parties, the Social Democrats, and ANO. And while the Czech healthcare system appears to be functioning pretty well, there are clear signs of strain and questions about where future financing will come from and whether the tried and tested framework should stay the same.  More

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One on One

Commentator Daniel Anýž: Zeman set to dominate Czech-US relations during Trump presidency

16-01-2017 14:25 | Ian Willoughby

Daniel Anýž, photo: archive of Economia What will Donald Trump’s presidency mean for Czech-US relations? And is his ex-wife Ivana really in line to become American ambassador to Prague? Ahead of Mr. Trump’s inauguration on Friday I discussed those questions and much more with Daniel Anýž, a well-known commentator on Czech-US affairs who was based in Washington for several years. More

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Czech History

Mrs. Thatcher’s triumphant Czechoslovak procession, the Union Jack car, and what to do with Denis

14-01-2017 02:01 | Chris Johnstone

Margaret Thatcher, photo: CC BY-SA 3.0 One of the annual milestone events in history is the annual New Year release of British government archives. Most of them become public after a period of 30 years. In the latest haul of documents being made public under a different timetable are papers from the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Office from 1989 and 1990. They give a picture of how Margaret Thatcher’s government and officials were struggling to get to grips with the rapid melt down of Communist regimes in Eastern Europe and the prospects of a united Germany.  More

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Brno plugs into transport vision with hyperloop memorandum

19-01-2017 12:50 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: CTK/PR/Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) The Czech Republic’s second city, Brno, has signed a memorandum with the company behind a revolutionary transport concept, the hyperloop.   More

Prague set for end of pier reconstruction show

18-01-2017 15:41 | Ruth Fraňková

Edvard Beneš embankment, photo: ŠJů, CC BY-SA 3.0 The Directorate of Waterways of the Czech Republic is set to invest tens of millions of crowns into the renovation of a pier at the Vltava embankment in the centre of Prague. The 500-metre long metal pier, running along the Edvard Beneš embankment between...  More


In Focus

Czechs borrow to widen vocabulary

17-01-2017 15:07 | Ruth Fraňková

Illustrative photo: Štěpánka Budková How has the Czech language developed over the past four decades? What expressions do we borrow from other languages and which words have fallen into oblivion? These are just some of the question I asked Martin Prošek, the head of the Institute of the...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Zuzana Růžičková: overcoming the odds to world acclaim

15-01-2017 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Erato In today’s edition of Sunday Music Show we mark the 90th birthday of Zuzana Růžičková, one of the world’s leading harpsichordists. Despite enduring three concentration camps as well as Communist persecution, Zuzana Růžičková pursued her dream of becoming...  More

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Czech Books

Ewald Osers and the chemistry of translation

14-01-2017 02:01 | David Vaughan

Photo: Elliott & Thompson When the translator Ewald Osers died five years ago, it marked the end of an era. This year would have been his hundredth birthday, so with a bit of quick mathematics we can work out that he was already a young adult when the Second World War brought...  More

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