Friday, 29 May 2020

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Interview with Professor Jan Švejnar

Radio Prague |
26 May 2020

The Czech government's willingness to tackle the economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis is impressive, but it must do far better when it comes to actually delivering help to hard-hit companies. And the economic slowdown could even reach double digits if another lockdown is required. So says Professor Jan Švejnar of Columbia University, who has headed a team of economists advising the Czech Republic's Central Crisis Staff, the national Covid-19 task force.

TPCA latest automaker to resume production in Czech Republic

Radio Prague |
26 May 2020

After a shutdown lasting more than two months, carmaker Toyota Peugeot Citroën Automobile (TPCA) relaunched operations at its plant in the Central Bohemian town of Kolín on Monday. Capacity will be increased gradually and TPCA staff are receiving special training.

Czech hotels face year of low demand

Radio Prague |
26 May 2020

Hotels in the Czech Republic were allowed to reopen on Monday as part of the final wave of easing of coronavirus lockdown measures on businesses. However, with travel restrictions still in place, the situation in the Czech tourism sector is by no means back to normal.

In memoriam: Charter 77 spokeswoman and novelist Zdena Tominová

Radio Prague |
26 May 2020

Czech author Zdena Tominová, a Charter 77 spokeswoman who immigrated to England after the communist government declared her an "enemy of the state", has died at the age of 79. Despite being hounded by the secret police, the banned writer continued to spread samizdat in Czechoslovakia until she went into exile, after being stripped of her citizenship.

How the US cavalry saved some of world's most treasured horses in wartime Czechoslovakia

Radio Prague |
25 May 2020

In the closing days of World War Two a US Army unit took it upon itself to drive into a Czech village and rescue some of the most valuable horses in the world. The story has since inspired a Hollywood movie.

Kalle - Leading Czech indie band go acoustic on latest release

Radio Prague |
25 May 2020

Kalle, who have been stalwarts of the Czech independent scene since the middle of the decade, recently returned with a true treat for fans, the six-track mini album Songs with the Acoustic Band.

People in Need providing help amid coronavirus crisis

Radio Prague |
25 May 2020

Czech NGO People in Need has launched a public collection called SOS World to help people in the poorest countries of the world who were the hardest hit by the current coronavirus situation. The NGO has already been helping those affected by Covid-19 here in the Czech Republic.

Foreign Minister aiming to resume trade missions as soon as possible

Radio Prague |
25 May 2020

At a seminar for exporters last week, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček said the government was aware of the need to intensify its efforts in helping Czech companies find a niche on foreign markets and he himself planned to resume foreign trips with business representatives as soon as the coronavirus situation allows.

Website puts spotlight on waves of Czechoslovaks interned in notorious Soviet Gulag

Radio Prague |
22 May 2020

Thousands of Czechoslovak citizens were among those who passed through the vast network of brutal Soviet labour camps known as the Gulag. In recent years Prague's Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes has carried out extensive research into this little-known historical chapter – and has just shared its findings via a brand new website.

Božena Němcová's home restored for bicentennial of her birth

Radio Prague |
22 May 2020

The central Bohemian home of writer Božena Němcová, known today as the "mother of Czech literature", has been restored to its full glory to mark the 200th anniversary of her birth. As of June, visitors can again tour the grand merchant's house in Červený Kostelec where Němcová began to dream of a literary career.

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