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27-07-2016 17:20

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Deputy prime minister opposes Czech Republic taking in 81 Syrian refugees

27-07-2016 15:10 | Jan Velinger

Illustrative photo: Štěpán Macháček

Illustrative photo: Štěpán Macháček

The Czech Republic is to take in some 80 refugees from Turkish refugee camps under a European Union agreement. The country received details of the applicants earlier this month, and each will be vetted by the security services. Following the recent terrorist attacks in neighbouring Germany, some have already expressed opposition to their arrival – namely ANO leader Andrej Babiš. More

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New mobile app brings modern Czech history to life

27-07-2016 14:23 | Ian Willoughby

www.mistapametinaroda.cz A freshly released mobile app tells users the stories behind nearby sites linked to 20th century Czech history, as well as allowing them to trace often dramatic events on specially created routes. Entitled Místa Paměti národa (Memory of Nations Sites), the free app is the work of the NGO Post Bellum, which for years has been publishing the testimonies of witnesses to modern Czech history.  More

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Marketplace

Swopping views on how to deal with sharing economy

27-07-2016 13:08 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: archive of Uber The sharing economy is one of those vogue terms that can perhaps best be explained by some of the concepts which have been made possible by the Internet, digital applications, and credit cards. Crowd funding is one. Others are flat and house renting applications such as Airbnb or Booking, or perhaps one of the most famous of all, the car renting and delivery service, Uber. But they have often clashed with tradition sectors of the economy, like hotels and taxi firms, and authorities are looking on and wondering whether to regulate.  More

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One on One

Czech Olympic Committee chief Kejval: War on doping can’t be won but must be fought

25-07-2016 15:23 | Ian Willoughby

Jiří Kejval, photo: Šárka Ševčíková Over 100 Czech athletes are set to take part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, an event that for some will no doubt be the pinnacle of an entire lifetime in sport. But what would be a satisfactory medals haul from the perspective of the Czech Olympic Committee? And why hasn’t the team adopted the name Czechia?  More

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Special

Passion for Operation Anthropoid has led me to every corner of Prague, says author and tour organiser John Martin

23-07-2016 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: archive of John Martin Among the credits in the forthcoming movie Anthropoid is “Man at assassination”. That man is John Martin, a Liverpudlian who was invited to appear as an extra after several years of correspondence on Operation Anthropoid with the film’s director and co-writer Sean Ellis. A stand-up comedian by profession, Martin has for decades had a huge interest in the incredibly daring assassination of Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich by Czechoslovak parachutists Jan Kubiš and Jozef Gabčík in Prague in 1942. More

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Arts

Initiative seeks to safeguard Karlovy Vary’s controversial architectural ikon Hotel Thermal

22-07-2016 10:04 | Chris Johnstone

Hotel Thermal, photo: Kristýna Maková Karlovy Vary’s Hotel Thermal was recently, as it regularly is, the backdrop for Central Europe’s biggest film festival. The complex was designed, outside and in, specifically for the film festival in the West Bohemian spa town. But the controversial 1970s architectural work of the husband and wife team of Vladimír Machonin and Věra Machoninová is showing its age with its owner, the state, blowing hot and cold about its future. That has prompted the granddaughter and grandson of the architects to step in.  More

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Business

HN: Turkish coup attempt could lead to CZK 12 billion loss for CR

27-07-2016 13:31 | Ian Willoughby

Yunus Emre thermal power plant, photo: archive of Vítkovice Machinery Group The recent failed coup attempt in Turkey could cost the Czech Republic dear. A loan of CZK 12 billion from the Czech Export Bank linked to a power plant in the county is in danger following the arrest of executives at the company that commissioned it,...  More

National Bank says number of fake banknotes seized on rise

26-07-2016 15:33 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Barbora Kmentová The number of fake banknotes found in circulation in the Czech Republic by counterfeiters is on a rise, Czech Radio reported on Tuesday - citing statistics released by the Czech National Bank. Most often copied are the 500 and 1,000 crown bills.   More

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Sports News

Sports News

25-07-2016 14:28 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Rio-bound Czech athletes split over treatment of Russians; Kvitová hoping to turn season around in Brazil; Plzeň and Sparta readying for Champions League qualifiers; and Prague Black Panthers lift Czech Bowl after controversial...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Markéta Konvičková seeks wider audience with album releases

24-07-2016 02:01 | Clare Profous

Markéta Konvičková, photo: archive of Markéta Konvičková In today's Sunday Music Show we will be listening to songs from Markéta Konvičková’s last two albums – TABLO and Kafe, bar a nikotin. Markéta Konvičková is a 22 year old Czech pop singer who first rose to fame in 2009 as a finalist on the Czech and Slovak...  More

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Czech Life

Tips for tasty food at the top

23-07-2016 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Smart Press It’s the peak of the holiday season and thousands of people are packing up to leave the city. For those used to spending summers hiking in the mountains, holidays are forever connected with the taste of instant soups and mashes, which were lightweight...  More

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In Focus

“Big, brutal and friendly,” say fans of extreme metal festival

19-07-2016 14:51 | Liana Sas

Brutal Assault, photo: Christian Rühmkorf Thousands of fans of extreme metal will be flocking to the Czech Republic in just a few weeks’ time for the annual Brutal Assault music festival. Established in 1996 as a small show with mainly Czech and Slovak bands, the festival gradually evolved into...  More

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Mailbox

16-07-2016 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

In this edition: Response to Radio Prague's broadcasts, listeners' monthly quiz. Listeners/readers quoted: Roger Chambers, Chun-quan Meng, Hans Verner Lollike, Jayanta Chakrabarty, Sirajul Islam, Jaroslaw Jedrzejczak, Chun-quan Meng.   More

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