News National Museum takes possession of materials from Museum of the Workers’ Movement

02-09-2014 12:06 | Ian Willoughby

The National Museum in Prague has taken possession of 700,000 documents and other items from the Museum of the Workers’ Movement. The materials map Czech and Czechoslovak political, social and cultural history in the second half of the last century. Among the acquisitions are the written capitulation of German forces in Prague on May 8 1945, the original manuscript of letters written by Communist journalist Julius Fučík shortly before his execution by the Nazis, a figure carved out of bread by Antonín Zápotocký when he was in prison and a bust of Lenin. Some of the items will go on display in the National Museum’s main building, which is undergoing renovations due to conclude in 2018.

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Europa League: Sparta Prague beat Inter Milan

30-09-2016 09:23 | Ruth Fraňková

Czech football club Sparta Prague stunned visitors Inter Milan in their Europa League group stage match at Letná on Thursday night, getting two goals from Václav Kadlec in the first half. Inter got a goal back in the final 19 minutes but Holek headed in a third goal after the Italian side’s Ranocchia was sent off. Sparta now have three points from two games in Group K, putting them in third spot. 

PM Sobotka calls Theresa May to deal with attacks on Eastern Europeans

30-09-2016 08:54 | Ruth Fraňková

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has appealed to his British counterpart, Theresa May, to take action against hate crimes and attacks on Czechs and people from other European countries living in the United Kingdom, in a phone call on Thursday, the Czech Government Office said in a press release. The Czech government is alarmed by the increase in hate crimes in Britain, Sobotka said. “Hate and violence are also aimed against Czechs who live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, one of the incidents resulted in the death of a Czech citizen,” he said. A Czech businessman died in London last week after he was attacked by a gang of young men. A month ago, a large group of British teenagers attacked two Polish men and one of the victims died. 

Tennis: Kvitová advances to semi-finals at Wuhan Open in China

29-09-2016 18:37 updated | Ruth Fraňková

Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová has advanced to the semi-finals of the women’s singles at the Wuhan Open in China on Thursday after defeating Johanna Konta of Great Britain 6:3, 6:4. She is set to face Simona Halep of Romania. 

Czech competition agency approved acquisition of Čedok by Polish Itaka

29-09-2016 17:22 | Ruth Fraňková

The Czech anti-monopoly office on Thursday approved the acquisition of the oldest Czech travel agent Čedok by Polish tour operator Itaka. The former owner of Čedok, US-based Odien Group, is stepping out of the tour operator market altogether to focus on hotels and resorts. According to server e15.cz, the new owner paid over half a billion crowns for the acquisition. With turnover reaching around 2.0 billion last year, Čedok is estimated to rate as the country’s fourth biggest tour operator. 

Documentary about Czechoslovak CIA agent enters cinema distribution

29-09-2016 16:50 | Ruth Fraňková

A new documentary film called RINO, a portrait of Karel Köcher, most successful Czechoslovak spy of the Cold War, who infiltrated CIA during the 1970s, has entered cinema distribution s on Thursday. The documentary, which premiered at last year’s Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, was directed by Jakub Wagner, who interviewed numerous former US agents and other officials for the film. 

Czech National Bank to keep interventions against Czech crown

29-09-2016 16:23 | Ruth Fraňková

The Czech National Bank has decided to continue intervening against the Czech crown to keep the exchange rate at around 27 crowns per euro, the bank’s spokesman Marek Zeman said after a meeting of the bank board on Thursday. The bank will also leave interest rates unchanged at all-time lows. The bank board repeated in August that it is likely to end the interventions against the Czech crown in the second half of 2017. The Czech National Bank launched currency interventions in November 2013 to head off the danger of deflation and weakened economic growth. 

Over 15 kilometres of highways to be built next year

29-09-2016 15:20 | Ruth Fraňková

Over 15 kilometres of new highways are set to be built in the Czech Republic in the course of 2017, the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday, citing data from the Ministry of Transport. Among the newly opened motorways should be a remaining stretch of the D11 highway from Prague to Hradec Králové, which should be completed by end of August. The Czech Republic’s highway network currently measures 1,228 kilometres. 

Czech Gripen fighters leave for Icelandic mission

29-09-2016 14:03 | Ruth Fraňková

Five Czech Gripen fighter jets left the military airport in Čáslav on Thursday to patrol the skies above Iceland. The Czech planes will be on duty in Icelandic airspace for the third time and for the first time they will be armed with air-to-air missiles. Iceland is a NATO member but does not have an army of its own. The area is often subject to Russian incursions to test NATO air security and preparedness. 

Czech diplomat: Sudan has no evidence against Czech Christian missionary

29-09-2016 12:13 | Ruth Fraňková

The Sudanese authorities have no conclusive evidence against a Czech man, who is currently being tried in the country on charges of crimes against national security, the Czech ambassador to Egypt Veronika Kuchyňová Šmigolová told the Czech News Agency on Thursday. Mr Jašek, who travelled to the country as a Christian missionary, was arrested in December last year and has been in prison since then. According to the server Christian Solidarity Worldwide, he is charged with the propagation of false news and he faces several serious accusations that are not related to his missionary activities, waging war against the state and espionage, which carry the death penalty as the maximum sentence. 

Škoda Kodiaq to be sold at base price of 677,900 crowns

29-09-2016 12:13 | Ruth Fraňková

The base price of Škoda Auto’s newest car model, the Škoda Kodiaq, will start at 677,900 crowns, the Czech car maker announced on Thursday at the Paris Motor Show, where the new model was presented to the public for the first time. That is nearly 50,000 crowns more than the starting price of the Škoda Superb. With a 4.7-metre body and a seven-seat layout, the Škoda Kodiaq is the Czech car manufacturer’s first large SUV. It is set to enter the market early next year, with a choice from two petrol and two diesel engines. 

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