Tuesday, 12 December 2017

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Zeman calls author of Zvezda article a madman

Radio Prague |
23 November 2017

An article published on the website of Russian state-wide television channel Zvezda on Tuesday has drawn very sharp responses from Czech politicians, including Miloš Zeman, the Czech head of state. He called the article, which argued that Czechs should be grateful for the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, an insult to the nation.

Film director Jiří Menzel in critical condition following emergency surgery

Radio Prague |
22 November 2017

Acclaimed Czech film director Jiří Menzel is in critical condition in hospital in Prague's Střešovice according to commercial broadcaster TV Nova. According to the weekly Týden, the 79-year-old underwent an emergency brain operation lasting six hours and is now in an induced coma. His family has not commented on his condition.

Czechs show off Winter Olympic team outfits

Radio Prague |
22 November 2017

Three months ahead of the start of the winter Olympics in South Korea, the Czech Olympic team has revealed its official winter collection. The outfit in national colours, with white predominating, was created by the Czech firm Alpine Pro.

Decorative Art Museum reopens after 'facelift'

Radio Prague |
22 November 2017

The Museum of Decorative Arts in the centre of Prague has finally reopened after a protracted renovation. The largest Czech museum dedicated to applied art and design, which boasts one of the most extensive glass collections in Europe, had been closed since January 2015.

Police submit fresh immunity request over alleged Babiš fraud

Radio Prague |
22 November 2017

Czech police have submitted a fresh request to the chamber of deputies for ANO leader Andrej Babiš and party deputy leader Jaroslav Faltýnek to be stripped of their parliamentary immunity so they can pursue a fraud case. During the previous session of parliament, the pair came under investigation for alleged corruption over securing an EU grant for a development project.

Czech Republic to build new embassy in Canberra

Radio Prague |
21 November 2017

The Czech Republic is to build a modern new embassy in the Australian capital Canberra, the first time it has carried out such a construction project in 12 years, Czech Television reported.

How the army became a "workshop" for cinema during communism

Radio Prague |
21 November 2017

František Vláčil, Karel Kachyňa, Vojtěch Jasný, Jiří Menzel and several more of the greatest ever Czech film directors honed their craft in the army during the communist period.

E-shops expecting record sales this year

Radio Prague |
21 November 2017

E-shops in the Czech Republic are gearing up for Black Friday, the first major load test ahead of the Christmas shopping frenzy. E-shops are becoming increasingly popular with clients and this year their sales figures are expected to cross the 100 billion mark for the first time ever.

Monika MacDonagh-Pajerová - how the spirit of the Velvet Revolution turned to cynicism

Radio Prague |
20 November 2017

Monika MacDonagh-Pajerová is a political activist and university lecturer. Back in 1989, she served as a press spokesperson for the student leaders protesting against the communist regime.

Czech world music issued by British Songlines magazine

Radio Prague |
20 November 2017

The prestigious British magazine Songlines, which is distributed in 65 countries, has issued a free CD bonus, featuring Czech world music.

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