Thursday, 18 January 2018

Radio Prague

Czechoslovak divorce helped relations, says Prague Slovak

Radio Prague |
2 January 2018

Katrin Taussig was born in Slovakia but spent nearly half of her life in Prague, where she lives with her Czech husband and two daughters. What are her memories of the split of Czechoslovakia 25 years ago?

Bloomberg: Czech crown one of strongest performers in 2017

Radio Prague |
29 December 2017

The Czech crown was one of the fastest appreciating currencies in 2017, according to the financial news agency Bloomberg. The fastest rising currency was the Mozambique metical which climbed by 21 percent against the US dollar. The Czech crown shared second place with the Polish zloty, both appreciating by 18 percent.

Farm boss calls for cut in VAT rate on food

Radio Prague |
29 December 2017

The head of one of the biggest farmers' associations, the Zěmědelský Svaz, has called for a cut in the basic rate of Value Added Tax for food and fruit. Martin Pýcha suggest a cut to between seven and 10 percent should apply at least to basic foodstuffs.

Prague at Christmas: traditional markets and attractive venues in increasingly hip neighbourhoods

Radio Prague |
29 December 2017

During the Christmas period and the New Year, the Czech capital attracts hundreds of thousands many of whom want to experience classic Prague over the holidays. But Prague City Tourism is also putting an emphasis on new hip districts with new eateries, cafes, galleries and other sites people also might want to visit.

Czech economic highlights of a probably overheated 2017

Radio Prague |
29 December 2017

A booming economy on the back of higher wages, more people in jobs, and strong exports – fuelled largely by the auto sector - and hardly dimmed by the end of the low crown and resurrection of interest rates as a central bank weapon. That was the big economic picture of the Czech economy in 2017 with the foot on the pedal likely to be lifted just slightly over the coming 12 months.

Retailers gearing up for record sales

Radio Prague |
29 December 2017

As Czechs hit the shops with a vengeance for the traditional post-Christmas and New Year sales, retailers are expecting record profits. But consumer protection experts warn than not all buys are as advantageous as they are made out to be. Even so, consumers are expected to take the shops by storm and retailers are gearing up for an end of year sales figure of around forty billion crowns, which is a seven billion increase compared to 2016.

Poll: Most Czechs want easing of smoking ban

Radio Prague |
29 December 2017

One of the most notable legal changes in the Czech Republic this year has been a ban on smoking in pubs and restaurants that entered force before the summer. However a new opinion poll suggests that almost three-fifths of Czechs believe the prohibition is too strict.

German firms behind half of film productions in Czech Republic this year

Radio Prague |
28 December 2017

Around half of the 40-plus foreign film productions in the Czech Republic this year have come from neighbouring Germany, Czech Television reported on Wednesday. German filmmakers have spent around CZK 850 million in this country in 2017.

Czech president of Liberland outlines expansion plans in Africa, Central America

Radio Prague |
28 December 2017

A different Czech president from Miloš Zeman recently looked back at a busy 2017 and future expansion plans in Africa and the Central America for the near future.

Fast payments promise from Czech banks

Radio Prague |
28 December 2017

The Czech central bank and leading retail banks have agreed to introduce almost immediate inter-bank payments by the end of 2018. While many of the technical questions have already been broached a testing period to make sure everything works is needed. The Czech National Bank is now piloting changes that could result in cash transfers in seconds rather than days. Such payments should be possible 24 hours a day and every day of the year.

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