Monday, 25 June 2018

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ANO leader Andrej Babiš most trusted party chairman, poll shows

Radio Prague |
15 June 2018

Just over one-third of Czechs have confidence in prime minister-designate Andrej Babiš, the leader of the centrist ANO party, according to a poll conducted in mid-May. That makes him the most trusted chairman of a political party now in parliament.

Czechs have fifth fastest growing economy in EU

Radio Prague |
15 June 2018

The Czech Republic had the fifth fastest growing economy within the EU in the first quarter of 2018, according to preliminary data released by the Czech Statistics Office on Thursday. Internal consumption and investments were among the main factors behind the strong growth figures.

Latin pop star Ricky Martin set to perform in Prague in Sept

Radio Prague |
15 June 2018

Latin pop star Ricky Martin is set to perform in Prague's O2 Arena in early September, the organizers announced on Thursday.

Transtech to provide ten trams to Helsinki

Radio Prague |
15 June 2018

Finnish Transtech Oy, a subsidiary of the Czech company Škoda Transportation, will deliver ten Artic trams to the city of Helsinki. The price of the contract amounts to 750 million crowns.

Diamond Jubilee of eclectic Smetana's Litomyšl international opera festival underway

Radio Prague |
15 June 2018

An annual international opera festival celebrating the works of Bedřich Smetana – perhaps the most famous Czech composers of all time – kicked off on Thursday in the eastern Bohemian town of his birth.

The bill to impact budgets of public broadcasters

Radio Prague |
15 June 2018

A government VAT bill will lead to Czech Television and Czech Radio losing a significant chunk of their annual budgets. However, the Ministry of Finance says the amendment will end a discrepancy between Czech law and European Union legislation.

Expert on extremism: Intolerance is seeping into mainstream parties across the political spectrum

Radio Prague |
15 June 2018

The Interior Ministry this week issued its annual report on extremism, in which it says that ultra-right groupings are no longer politically relevant and their agenda has been adopted by the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party (SPD), which however cannot be defined as "extremist".

Zeman may support second Babiš gov't in person during confidence vote

Radio Prague |
14 June 2018

The Czech prime minister designate, Andrej Babiš of ANO, is hoping that President Miloš Zeman will come to the lower house in person to support his second attempt to form a government, Czech Television reported. Mr. Babiš's planned government should undergo a confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies on July 11.

Ex-political prisoner František Suchý dies at 91

Radio Prague |
14 June 2018

Former political prisoner František Suchý has died at the age of 91. As a teenager Mr. Suchý helped his cremator father keep clandestine records of the names of people executed by the Nazis and the Communists. The pair also hid the ashes of many victims of those regimes.

Over 20 % of Czechs aged 18-30 at risk of poverty, Caritas says

Radio Prague |
14 June 2018

One in five young adults in the Czech Republic is at risk of falling below the poverty line, according to the local branch of Caritas, an international Catholic relief and development charity. Some 300,000 people between the ages of 18 and 30 are essentially living from pay packet to pay packet, according to a survey conducted by the Median Agency released on Wednesday.

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