Friday, 22 March 2019

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Prague tops post-communist capitals in Mercer quality of living survey

Radio Prague |
15 March 2019

For the tenth year in a row, the Austrian capital has topped the global rankings of the "Quality of Living" index compiled by the US consultancy Mercer. For a third year in a row, the Czech capital is ranked 69th overall, but is no.1 among cities in the former Eastern bloc. So what does Vienna have that Prague does not?

20 years of Czechia in NATO: Key moments

Radio Prague |
15 March 2019

Czechs are looking back at 20 years in NATO. Their country joined the Alliance together with Hungary and Poland on March 12, 1999. Since then NATO has grown significantly and undertaken several major international military operations.

Babiš seeks clarity from operators on actual mobile data prices

Radio Prague |
14 March 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš says he will receive information within the next week from the country's operators pertaining to mobile data prices in the Czech Republic. The relative high cost of data in this country has become a political issue in the last few weeks.

General Petr Pavel: When we need to reach a decision quickly NATO members are ready

Radio Prague |
14 March 2019

The Czech Republic is looking back at twenty years of NATO membership, the security guarantees it provides and the challenges it presents for the Czech Armed Forces. Vít Pohanka spoke to General Petr Pavel, former chairman of the NATO Military Committee, about the importance of membership, present-day threats to the Alliance and its uneasy relationship with Russia.

Foreign minister hands out medals of merit to those who assisted Czech entry to NATO

Radio Prague |
14 March 2019

At a ceremony marking the Czech Republic's entry to NATO twenty years ago, Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček handed out medals of merit to 14 people who assisted the country in preparing for membership and meeting its new obligations.

One in six Czech 30-somethings likely to remain childless

Radio Prague |
13 March 2019

The number of childless women in the Czech Republic continues to increase. While in the 1970s and 80s, only five to seven percent of women living in then communist Czechoslovakia didn't have children, the Czech Statistics Office projects that every sixth woman who is now in her thirties will remain childless.

Budějovický Budvar boosts exports by 85 percent for new record

Radio Prague |
13 March 2019

Budějovický Budvar last year recorded the highest exports in its history. The brewing company – whose products are sold under the Czechvar brand name in some states – exported 1.07 million hectolitres of beer in 2018, a rise of 8.5 percent on the previous year, according to figures it has just released.

From the Balkans, to Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond - the Czech Army role in NATO missions

Radio Prague |
13 March 2019

In the spring of 1989, the dissident Václav Havel was in prison and the Czechoslovak army was preparing for a possible clash with Western imperialists under the banner "With the Soviet Union forever." A decade later, on March 12, 1999, President Havel presided over the Czech Republic's entry into the NATO military alliance, embracing the collective security while noting it would not come without sacrifice.

Czech leaders highlight range of threats on anniversary of NATO accession

Radio Prague |
13 March 2019

At Prague Castle on Tuesday senior Czech politicians addressed a ceremony marking exactly 20 years of the country's membership in NATO. The country's prime minister said the alliance needed to be more active in some regards but described membership as crucial, while the foreign minister highlighted the threat posed by Russia.

Alex Zucker: I don't want to translate books, I want to translate authors

Radio Prague |
12 March 2019

New York-based Alex Zucker is one of the most highly-regarded translators of Czech literature into English and works regularly with leading writers such as Jáchym Topol and Petra Hůlová.

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