Thursday, 23 January 2020

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EU, Russia row over WWII, with Poles and Czechs on front lines

Radio Prague |
23 January 2020

European Commission vice president Věra Jourová, whose portfolio includes promoting EU values, transparency and the rule-of-law, called out Russia last week for "distorting" the history of World War II. Specifically, the former Czech minister objected to attempts "to paint victims, like Poland, as perpetrators".

Never Forgotten: Czech Embassy in UK honours WWII soldiers

Radio Prague |
23 January 2020

In connection with this year's 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Czech Embassy in London has just launched a special project entitled Never Forgotten.

Czechs to send relics of St. Clari - patron saint of spas and 'hot healing' - to Dubai Expo

Radio Prague |
23 January 2020

Teplice, the oldest spa town in central Europe, this autumn plans to send the relics of a clergyman martyred in the 4th century to Dubai. The skull of St. Clari – the patron saint of spas and so-called 'hot healing' – will feature prominently at the Czech national pavilion at Expo 2020. The hope is St. Clari could make the town a site of pilgrimage.

Czech minister does not fear US retaliation over planned tax on internet giants

Radio Prague |
23 January 2020

The Czech Republic's minister of finance, Alena Schillerová, says she does not fear retaliation from the United States over the Prague government's planned digital tax, which is aimed at boosting the state coffers by taxing advertising by global internet giants such as Google and Facebook. Speaking after a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels, Ms. Schillerová said the Czech lower house would begin debating the digital tax proposals next week.

Sociologist on "DIY": people like to do something creative

Radio Prague |
22 January 2020

Czechs like to describe themselves as a nation of people who are innovative and manually skilled. There is even a saying in Czech – zlaté české ručičky, which translates as golden Czech hands, and points to the nation's ability to create and innovate under all conditions. Kutilství, as we describe the DIY phenomenon in Czech, has always been a strong part of the Czech national identity.

Increasing number of Czech employers equip staff with phones and laptops

Radio Prague |
22 January 2020

Over 80 percent of Czech companies with ten or more employees provide their staff with mobile phones, tablets or laptops with access to the internet, according to a new survey carried out by the Statistical Office of the European Communities, the Eurostat.

IT specialists organize "hackathon" to give gov't online motorway vignette sales system for free

Radio Prague |
22 January 2020

The Czech transport minister has been sacked for mismanaging a tender to operate a new online system of motorway vignette sales. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš moved swiftly on Monday to stop a 400-million crown deal going ahead, accepting an offer from IT specialists who said they would work for free to produce a fully functional online sales system by next Monday.

A look at Prague's first traffic cops, automatic semaphores, a century on

Radio Prague |
21 January 2020

When the first set of automatic traffic lights appeared on the streets of Prague ninety years ago, they were not well received.

Jan Sokol - Part 1: It would be exaggeration to say the StB killed Jan Patočka

Radio Prague |
21 January 2020

Philosopher Jan Sokol was an MP in the early 1990s, served as Czech education minister and lost in the final round of voting for president in 2003. Barred from studying under the Communists, Professor Sokol came to philosophy via his father-in-law Jan Patočka, an early signatory of Charter 77. In the first part of a two-part interview, he discusses Patočka's death, the achievements of Charter 77 – which he also signed – and the Velvet Revolution.

Expert: China "very disappointed" following Zeman U-turn in support

Radio Prague |
21 January 2020

Previously a strong advocate of cultivating ties with Beijing, the Czech president has signalled a major U-turn. Miloš Zeman now says he will not attend an annual China-organised summit in April, citing disappointment with the level of Chinese investment in the Czech Republic.

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