Monday, 27 May 2019

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Study: No increase in Czech unemployment despite sharp rise in minimum wage

Radio Prague |
3 May 2019

Raising the minimum wage tends to have a knock-on effect of higher unemployment. However, repeated increases in the minimum wage in the Czech Republic over the last few years have not that impact, suggests a new study published by the think tank IDEA, which is part of the economics institute CERGE-EI.

New Czech justice minister wants a three-tier court system

Radio Prague |
3 May 2019

On her first day in office as the new Czech justice minister, Marie Benešová, unveiled her plans for reforming the Czech judiciary. In an interview for the daily Lidové noviny, Benešová said she would like to introduce a three-tier court system, which would make the country's two high courts and their state attorneys redundant.

Little-known hero Doreen Warriner honoured in Prague: "She did something amazing, but she didn't seek recognition"

Radio Prague |
2 May 2019

A plaque to the previously little-known Doreen Warriner has just been unveiled in Prague. The Englishwoman saved the lives of hundreds of people by helping them escape to the UK just before WWII.

15 years after accession - what is the deal with Czech Euroscepticism?

Radio Prague |
2 May 2019

15 years after three-quarters of the electorate voted to join the EU, the Czech Republic is commonly referred to as one of the union's most Eurosceptic countries. But how did this come about and is it as serious a problem as some make it out to be?

Shooting begins on new film about Emil Zátopek

Radio Prague |
30 April 2019

The legendary runner Emil Zátopek and his wife Dana, a javelin thrower, made history at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. The story of one of the world's most famous sporting couples is the focus of a new film by David Ondříček, which has just started shooting.

Metronome's David Gaydečka: Prague only became ready for a big music festival in recent years

Radio Prague |
30 April 2019

Metronome, Prague's biggest music festival, will bring the likes of Liam Gallagher and Kraftwerk to the Výstaviště exhibition grounds for its fourth edition on June 21 and 22. A few weeks prior to that, the city will host the free festival United Islands of Prague. Both of these events are the brainchild of promoter David Gaydečka.

Czechs dealing with unexpected fall-out of Russian crude oil supplies

Radio Prague |
30 April 2019

The Czech Republic on Monday entered its fifth day without crude oil deliveries from Russia, suspended due to contamination. The oil-refinery in Litvínov which had reserves for seven days has already asked to be able to tap the country's national material reserves.

Fifteen years of Czech EU membership - a debate

Radio Prague |
30 April 2019

How have Czech perceptions of the EU changed since the country joined the bloc on May 1, 2004? Has the Brexit mess impacted discussion of a potential Czech departure from the EU? Will the country ever adopt the Euro? These were just some of the issues Ian Willoughby discussed in Olomouc recently with a number of experts.

Czech bank to offer first-time buyers 90 percent mortgages

Radio Prague |
29 April 2019

Česká spořitelna, the second biggest player on the Czech mortgage market, is planning to launch a special type of housing loan under which up to 90 percent of the value of a property may be borrowed, the news site iHned.cz reported on Friday. The condition would be that customers be first-time buyers.

Study shows major divide between Czech Republic's depth of EU integration and public attitudes towards Europe

Radio Prague |
29 April 2019

A decade-long survey by the European Council on Foreign Relations has found a huge asymmetry in the Czech Republic's integration within EU structures and attitudes of Czechs towards the EU itself. The think-tank warns this could lead to serious problems in the event of a crisis.

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