02-12-2016 19:08

Current Affairs

Pilot project aims to make companies come clean over public contracts

02-12-2016 11:30 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: hin255 /

Photo: hin255 /

The Czech Republic has been selected for a corruption fighting pilot project which could have a major impact if it eventually expands to cover the massive public sector tenders market.  More

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Czechoslovak secret police files reveal interest in Trump couple

02-12-2016 14:11 | Dominik Jůn

Ivana Trump in 2007, photo: Christopherpeterson, CC BY 3.0 The Czechoslovak communist-era secret police took an active interest in the Czech born first wife of US president-elect Donald Trump back in the late 1970s and 80s, according to newly examined archive materials. The StB kept an eye on Ivana Zelníčková after she immigrated to Canada in 1971, and later during her marriage to the American real estate mogul, who was apparently already revealing his presidential ambitions.  More

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Will darkly funny Czech animated short snag Happy End at the 2017 Oscars?

02-12-2016 14:52 | Jan Velinger

'Happy End', photo: archive of Jan Saska Just a few days ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 10 films worldwide which had made the short list for Oscar nominations in the Animated Short Films Category. Among them, is a film entitled Happy End, the work of up and coming Czech animator Jan Saska. In his late 20s, Saska worked on Happy End throughout studies in Zlín and at Prague’s FAMU film school. The B&W short, about the misadventures of a bunch of Czech hunters, a tractor driver, a party-goer and a not so good-looking corpse, is darkly funny and told in an unconventional style. More

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Government analysis seeks to pinpoint strategy for future economic growth

30-11-2016 11:15 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: InIT Lemgo, CC BY-SA 3.0 A strategic analysis of the Czech economy has unveiled a serious flaw: some of the biggest and most profitable sectors of the economy are in foreign hands and have an increasing trend of shipping their profits out of the country rather than re-investing them. And while the foreign investment has fueled much of Czech economic growth over the last 20 years or so, the volume of investments appears to now on the wane.  More

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One on One

World-renowned chemist Josef Michl on figuring out mysteries, 1968 – and a remarkable WWII story

28-11-2016 14:56 | Ian Willoughby

Josef Michl, photo: CTK Last week the Boulder-based Josef Michl was in his native Prague to receive the prestigious Neuron award for lifelong contribution to world science in the field of chemistry. Professor Michl became one of the planet’s top experts in his area – organic photochemical reactions – after deciding not to return to Czechoslovakia from abroad in the wake of the 1968 Soviet invasion.  More

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Czech Life

GoodAI’s Marek Rosa Part 1 - Solving general AI would change everything

26-11-2016 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Marek Rosa, photo: archive of Marek Rosa Prague-based video game designer Marek Rosa, founder of Keen Software House, recently established a firm focussing on artificial intelligence. Last July, Rosa launched GoodAI, contributing 10 million dollars of his own money to fund research into the development of general artificial intelligence and unveiled a roadmap outlining how the company hopes to achieve its goals within as little as 10 years. Can general AI be achieved? By which methods? Those are some of the questions we discussed. More

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Some like it hot: erotic internet sales boom

02-12-2016 14:09 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Lotus Head / freeimages The sale of sex toys is one of the fastest growing internet businesses in the Czech Republic, the daily reported on Friday. Over the past year, sellers have posted an increase of business by over a fifth.   More

Czech Airlines plots course for four new destinations in summer timetable

01-12-2016 15:21 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Filip Jandourek The national carrier Czech Airlines plans to launch flights to four new destinations in the upcoming summer season. The Czech carrier will launch services to Keflavik in Iceland, Lisbon, Verona and Aarhus. The company made the announcement at a press...  More



Foreign Ministry building recounts Czech history in a new novel

01-12-2016 14:41 | Pavla Horáková

Černín Palace, photo: archive of Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs is located in the majestic Baroque Černín Palace just above Prague Castle. The majestic building, as well as the nearby Loreta Church, plays a major part in a recently published novel titled “Chvála oportunismu”...  More

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In Focus

Alice Masaryková’s charity heritage remembered

29-11-2016 15:49 | Ruth Fraňková

Alice Masaryková, photo: archive of Czech Radio This Monday marked exactly 50 years since the death of Alice Masaryková, the first daughter of Czechoslovakia’s first president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and his American wife Charlotte. A prominent figure in Czechoslovakia between the wars, Alice Masaryková...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Jazz musician pays homage to folk singer Jan Nedvěd

27-11-2016 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Vilém Spilka Jazz Quartet, photo: archive of Vilém Spilka Jazz Quartet In today’s edition of Sunday Music show we’ll be listening to jazz arrangements of songs by Jan Nedvěd, a legendary Czech folk singer-songwriter. A selection of Jan Nedvěd’s best-known songs, featuring the Vilém Spilka Jazz Quartet, has just recently...  More

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Travel Tip

Little old Čáslav

26-11-2016 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

Čáslav, photo: Dominik Jůn Čáslav is a small town 70 kilometres east of Prague, which lies not far from the historical town of Kutná Hora. Situated in the flat plains which lie to the west of the Iron Mountains, or Železné hory, Čáslav has a history spanning back to the 9th...  More

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