Friday, 14 December 2018

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South Moravian winery's Rulandské bílé declared best Czech wine of 2019

Radio Prague |
6 December 2018

Tuesday saw representatives of the National Wine Centre and a special evaluation committee announce the best Czech wine of 2019. The winner is the Rulandské bílé, a special Czech form of Pinot Blanc from Castle winery Bzenec, specifically the late harvest collection 1508 from 2017. The winning vintage was selected out of a pool of 400 finalists.

Locals and mayor fight to halt destruction of historic villa in protected area

Radio Prague |
5 December 2018

Locals in a protected villa district in Prague's Vinohrady were shocked as one of the houses, an art deco building from 1921, started being torn down on Friday. The local mayor immediately halted the demolition and is pursuing legal measures to protect the villa.

Analyst: Czech intelligence report notable for direct accusations against Russian, Chinese actors

Radio Prague |
5 December 2018

The latest annual report of Czech counter-intelligence service BIS has outlined a series of threats to national security in what analysts say is unusually direct, rather undiplomatic language. In particular, BIS points to efforts by Russian and Chinese spies and other actors in terms of spreading disinformation in a bid to sway public opinion, and engaging in economic espionage.

Czech Center chief Barbara Karpetová: If you commit yourself to the mission, New York will pay it back

Radio Prague |
4 December 2018

When I visited New York in September I heard nothing but praise for the work of the city's Czech Center in recent years. Much of the credit for this belongs to Barbara Karpetová, its tireless director, whose tenure is now coming to a close.

Government set to release national investment plan worth trillions of crowns

Radio Prague |
4 December 2018

Andrej Babiš and his ministers are promising to introduce a so-called "national investment plan", which will summarize countrywide infrastructure improvement needs as well as the schedule when they will be carried out. While detailed numbers are yet to be released, the prime minister has said that the 17 000 projects envisaged in the plan are to cost CZK 3.45 trillion.

Karel Gott releases new CD

Radio Prague |
3 December 2018

Karel Gott is unquestionably one of the most successful figures in the history of Czech show business. At the age of 79, Karel Gott is still going strong. He has successfully overcome cancer to return on stage and release a new album.

Czechs and the aristocracy: a love-hate relationship

Radio Prague |
3 December 2018

Czechs have always had somewhat contradictory feelings toward their nobility. One of the country's leading aristocrats once even bitterly complained that Czechs are either louts or boot-lickers, nothing in between.

The carp's jurney from the fishpond to the Christmas table

Radio Prague |
3 December 2018

For the vast majority of Czechs Christmas would not be Christmas without the traditional Czech Christmas dish – carp fried in breadcrumbs and potato salad. The process of getting it to the dinner table for a nation of over 10 million presents a serious challenge for the country's fisheries.

Is trdelník traditional? Tourists say: who cares?

Radio Prague |
3 December 2018

Prague's annual Christmas markets have taken over the city center, and with them, the stalls selling so-called "old Czech" trdelník.

Czechs donated over eight billion crowns to charity this year

Radio Prague |
3 December 2018

Czechs donated eight billion crowns to charity in 2018, according to a report released by the Czech Donors Forum this week. It also suggests that an increasing number of people prefer to donate money on-line.

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