Thursday, 18 January 2018

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Czech Republic's 2017 budget ends with 6.2 billion crown deficit

Radio Prague |
4 January 2018

The Czech Republic's state budget ended 2017 with a deficit of CZK 6.2 billion. The result was the second best figure in the past two decades, the finance ministry said on Wednesday. According to the resort, the deficit was caused mainly by slower drawing of EU funds.

Bank governor lands top European award

Radio Prague |
4 January 2018

The governor of the Czech National Bank has received one of the most prestigious awards in the sector – the title of European bank governor of the year from The Banker magazine. Jiří Rusnok was given the award for dropping the low crown regime and trying to put a lid on a domestic real estate bubble. Rusnok's predecessor, Miroslav Singer, received the same award in 2014 after launching the so-called low crown policy.

Czechs look upmarket to boost British sales

Radio Prague |
4 January 2018

In recent years, Czech two way trade with the United Kingdom has advanced by leaps and bound. The country was already the fourth biggest Czech trade partner two years ago in 2015. But the current trading environment for Czechs in Britain is a tough one.

Restrictions in place at two Prague Metro stations

Radio Prague |
3 January 2018

Starting on Wednesday, passengers taking the Metro from Prague's Muzeum stop will not be able to board trains heading toward Nemocnice Motol on the A (green) line. Repair work to the platform in question should be completed by May 20.

Prague public transport reduced due to lack of drivers

Radio Prague |
3 January 2018

Prague's public transport system is to operate on a reduced "summer" schedule over the next couple of weeks due to a lack of drivers, the news site iRozhlas.cz reported on Tuesday. Intervals between tram, bus and Metro services are to be increased by around two minutes.

Terrorism, migration, weakening of Christian values top concerns for Czechs in 2018

Radio Prague |
3 January 2018

A poll commissioned by Czech Radio conducted by the Median Agency suggests that while a minority of Czechs are cautiously optimistic, many worry about having enough money, about migration and about the possibility of a terrorist attack.

Czechs like flirting at work says poll

Radio Prague |
3 January 2018

More than 94 percent of Czechs admit to, at one time or another, having flirted at work. Polls also suggest that often flirting turns into short-lived romances or extramarital affairs.

Babiš government preparing changes in procedural rules

Radio Prague |
2 January 2018

The new government of Andrej Babiš, which is making far reaching changes in the administration of individual ministries, wants to radically change the procedural working order of the government and strengthen the position of the prime minister in decision-making.

Death of defendant brings 1950s kulak expulsion case to close

Radio Prague |
2 January 2018

A Prague court has halted a case centred on Communist persecution of kulaks following the death of a man believed to have been the country's oldest defendant. His alleged crimes took place in the early 1950s when Czechoslovak agriculture was being collectivised, often using extremely harsh measures.

The Toymaker: scars of the Holocaust in Prague and Melbourne

Radio Prague |
2 January 2018

At the end of 2015 the Australian novelist and essayist Liam Pieper was Prague's first writer-in-residence through the UNESCO City of Literature programme. His two months in Prague bore fruit.

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