Friday, 23 October 2020

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Sociologist: When the situation becomes more dramatic the attitude of the public will change

Radio Prague |
23 October 2020

"Catastrophic", "alarming", "dramatic", those are just some of the adjectives used to describe the deepening coronavirus crisis. Why has the Czech Republic, which was deemed exemplary in the first wave of the pandemic, lost control and what will it take for people to start taking the coronavirus threat seriously? Read an interview with sociologist Jan Hartl.

Second wave means worse economic outlook but restrictions seen less impactful than in spring

Radio Prague |
23 October 2020

The crisis surrounding Covid-19 is likely to cause the Czech economy to contract by around 8.5 percent this year, according to economists cited by the Czech News Agency. Prior to the current, second wave of the virus, a fall in gross domestic product of 6.5 to 7 percent had been forecast.

Guns or butter? Communists demand Czech Army budget cut in view of Covid-19 crisis

Radio Prague |
23 October 2020

Communist Party MP Jiří Dolejš is demanding the Czech Army's planned budget to be cut by CZK 10 billion, and the savings put into an emergency reserve fund. He has signalled that otherwise the minority government, which relies on Communist support, could be in for a heated battle over the 2021 state budget.

U Lidmanů apple tree, a prized source of strudel, named Czech 'Tree of the Year'

Radio Prague |
22 October 2020

For the first time in history, the coveted title of Czech 'Tree of the Year' has gone to one bearing fruit: a humble apple tree in the courtyard of a village inn near the Polish border.

Ray Baseley on his art, activism and standing with Belarus

Radio Prague |
22 October 2020

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the young Czech-English photographer Ray Baseley travelled throughout Europe shooting festivals music and shows for pioneering electronic music giants such as The Chemical Brothers and New Order. But his day job, so to speak, has long been as a coordinator for various civic initiatives and political protest groups.

Czech mountain resorts invest CZK 750 million ahead of winter season

Radio Prague |
22 October 2020

Czech mountain resorts invested some 750 million crowns into their development this year, the Czech Association of Mountain Resorts said at a press conference on Wednesday. Originally, ski resort operators planned to invest a record one billion crowns, but some of the planned projects had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Over 60% of women admit to buying goods they don't need because of discounts

Radio Prague |
21 October 2020

Shopping surveys indicate that the majority of Czechs are still heavily influenced by discounts in their choice of goods, and the coronavirus crisis and economic concerns have only strengthened this trend.

Statue of Maria Theresa unveiled in Prague

Radio Prague |
21 October 2020

A statue of the 18th century Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa, who was also the only queen of Bohemia, was officially unveiled in Prague on Tuesday. The large minimalist-style statue, which resembles a large bell, stands in a newly-established park bearing the Empress's name in the vicinity of Prague Castle.

Kladno Museum showcases housing estate from 1950s

Radio Prague |
21 October 2020

A new museum dedicated to architecture has recently opened in Kladno, presenting a visionary housing project from the 1950s. The unique project was designed by Josef Havlíček, a representative of the most avant-garde trends in the Czechoslovak interwar architecture.

Political scientist: PM Babiš is on a downward trend that he will find it hard to change

Radio Prague |
20 October 2020

A recent poll by Behavio showed that close to 70 percent of Czechs say the government failed in its response to the pandemic or have serious reservations to the steps taken. Is the coronavirus crisis changing the Czech political landscape – and will the ruling parties pay the ultimate price? Political scientist Jiří Pehe shares his view.

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