Sunday, 14 February 2016

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German treasure hunters claim Russian treasure hidden in Czech castle

Radio Prague |
12 February 2016

Two German treasure hunters have claimed that the world famous amber chamber looted by Nazi forces from St. Petersburg during the Second World War is hidden in the cellars of a Czech castle.

Education minister voices support for 10% pay increase for teachers

Radio Prague |
12 February 2016

Education minister Kateřina Valachová has backed a demand by teaching unions for a hike in wages of 10%. Valachová said the increase was large but legitimate given the level of teachers' pay and the difficulty in finding qualified and motivated staff.

Czech foreign minister offers Macedonia help in tackling migrant crisis

Radio Prague |
12 February 2016

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek held talks with top officials in Macedonia on Wednesday offering the country material and personnel assistance in dealing with the refugee crisis. The minister stressed the need to bring the flow of migrants on the so-called Balkans route under control and highlighted the crucial role of Macedonia in helping to bring this about.

Opposition parties threaten Constitutional Court challenge over electronic cash register legislation

Radio Prague |
12 February 2016

A controversial bill on electronic cash registers intended to fight tax evasion cleared the lower house on Wednesday. The opposition TOP 09 and Civic Democrat parties, who have fought the legislation tooth and nail, now say they will take the matter to the Constitutional Court.

Extremism expert: we no longer have a clear line between what is extremist and what is normal

Radio Prague |
12 February 2016

An attack on a Prague community centre that helps refugees, the recent stabbing of a Syrian national and violence at anti-migrant rallies suggest that growing anti-Islamic sentiments may be radicalizing Czech society.

Czech foreign minister says tackling 'Balkans route' a key priority

Radio Prague |
11 February 2016

Czech foreign minister Lubomír Zaorálek said on a visit to Macedonia on Wednesday that dealing with the so-called Balkans route for immigrants was a problem not just for local countries but was of key interest for the Czech Republic and the EU as a whole.

15,000 drivers flee scene of accident in Czech Republic in 2015

Radio Prague |
11 February 2016

Fifteen thousand people involved in traffic accidents in the Czech Republic last year fled the scene, Czech Television reported on Wednesday. Police say one in six motorists implicated in collisions drove away.

iDnes: Europe's last uranium mine to be used as lab for spent nuclear fuel repository

Radio Prague |
11 February 2016

Though the Czech state is not planning to bury spent nuclear fuel for another half-century, it is already looking ahead with the creation of an underground lab at Europe's last uranium mine to test conditions for a repository, the news website iDnes.cz reported on Wednesday.

Czech trade agency shares plaudits for booming export figures

Radio Prague |
11 February 2016

The Czech Republic this week announced record export figures for the year 2015. Several factors were clearly at work including the low crown policy of the Czech National Bank. But the government would also like to take some of the credit, and especially the government agency for boosting Czech companies' export performance abroad, CzechTrade.

Civic Democrats want Stropnický's head over exchange admission

Radio Prague |
10 February 2016

The opposition Civic Democrats have called for the sacking of the minister of defence, Martin Stropnický of ANO, in connection with the leak of classified information over five Czechs abducted in Lebanon who were released last week.

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