Thursday, 18 July 2019

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Czech PM happy to have side-lined Spitzen candidates at EU summit, Czech MEPs say region lost out

Radio Prague |
4 July 2019

Czech PM Andrej Babiš has hailed the EU compromise on nominations for the bloc's top jobs as a big success for the Visegrad Four grouping which fiercely opposed the system of Spitzen candidates and particularly the candidacy of Frans Timmermans for EC president. But, while the prime minister is cheering, there have been mixed reactions from Czech MEPs.

Best served old: Victims seek revenge for communist-era crimes in new Czech film

Radio Prague |
3 July 2019

One of the most discussed Czech films at the Karlovy Vary festival is Old-Timers (Staříci) by Martin Dušek and Ondřej Provazník. It's based on a real story from the late 1990s of two men's plot to kill a notorious Communist prosecutor, Karel Vaš, who four decades earlier had secured prison terms for them and the death sentence for several of their friends.

Study: Czech municipalities adept at managing finances

Radio Prague |
3 July 2019

Czech municipalities have become adept at managing their finances, suggests a study carried out by credit rating agency CRIF and cited by the news website iDnes.cz. The country's local authorities as a whole have been in the black for the last eight years and no less than CZK 125 billion crowns lies in their collective bank accounts.

On third day of talks to name new EU leadership, V4 doubles down on opposition to Timmermans

Radio Prague |
3 July 2019

After failing to reach a decision during over 18 hours of talks on Sunday and Monday, EU leaders reconvened in Brussels to try to agree who should lead the bloc's institutions for the coming five years. Dutch socialist Frans Timmermans, a frontrunner for European Commission president, faced strong opposition from the Czech Republic and fellow Visegrad Four states.

Moore and Affleck bring star power to opening weekend of Karlovy Vary

Radio Prague |
2 July 2019

The stars have been out at the Karlovy Vary film festival. Hollywood actress Julianne Moore received the cinema showcase's lifetime achievement award, while actor Casey Affleck also met the cheer of fans on the red carpet at Hotel Thermal.

Naďa Urbánková marks 80th birthday with gold collection

Radio Prague |
2 July 2019

Czech pop and country music legend Naďa Urbánková is celebrating her 80th birthday with a compilation of her most famous songs spanning decades.

Availability of good jobs around country keeping commuting down in CR

Radio Prague |
2 July 2019

Around a million Czechs commute to work every day. However, most people resent time spent travelling to their place of employment and the majority of those who have the chance to find a decent job closer to home jump at the opportunity, the newspaper Právo reported.

Emergency talks expected to decide Czech government's fate on Tuesday

Radio Prague |
2 July 2019

As Europe labours under a scorching heatwave, the Czech government is feeling the heat for very different reasons. The fate of the Babiš administration, which recently survived a second no-confidence motion in Parliament since taking office, once again hangs in the balance.

Oldest cave paintings in Czech Republic discovered at Catherine Cave near Brno

Radio Prague |
1 July 2019

Archaeologists have discovered the oldest paintings on Czech territory. They seem to have been made using charcoal more than 6,000 years ago in a Moravian cave.

Exhibit provides remarkable insight into lives of WWII Czechoslovak RAF pilots

Radio Prague |
2 July 2019

The National Museum in Prague is currently running a special Exhibition called "Knights of the Heaven". As the name betrays, it is focused on the Czechoslovak pilots who fought in the Royal Air Force during World War II.

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