Thursday, 19 September 2019

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Billion-dollar factory opens in Žatec as Nexen Tire launches production in Europe

Radio Prague |
30 August 2019

Business and government representatives gathered near the western Bohemian town of Žatec on Wednesday to attend the official opening of a new Nexen Tire plant. The factory is the third largest foreign investment project in the Czech Republic to be brokered by the country's business development agency CzechInvest.

To the mountain top! How Czech 'People's camps' rallied against the new dual Austro-Hungarian monarchy

Radio Prague |
29 August 2019

The establishment of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, or dual monarchy, came as bitter blow for Czech intellectuals who hoped for equal status under a federalist state. While the liberal era after 1861 and resulting German centralist approach had all but destroyed the hopes of Austrian Slavs for equal treatment, the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867 establishing the dual monarchy, left Czechs in Bohemia in particular feeling disenfranchised, and brought an end to political Austro-Slavism.

The Painted Bird: first Czech film to vie for a Golden Lion at Venice in a quarter century

Radio Prague |
29 August 2019

For the first time in 25 years, a majority Czech feature is in the main competition at Venice, one of the world's most prestigious film festivals. Director Václav Marhoul is vying for a Golden Lion award with his adaptation of The Painted Bird, a controversial novel set during WWII about a boy subject to all manner of abuse by eastern European villagers.

Irish minister in Prague: UK Brexit proposals "not even close" to replacing backstop

Radio Prague |
29 August 2019

Britain's departure from the EU was the focus of talks in Prague on Tuesday between the Czech foreign minister, Tomáš Petříček, and his Irish counterpart, Simon Coveney. The latter said measures proposed by the London government do not come close to replacing the Irish border backstop – and that there may be no solution to the divisive issue.

Czech scholar helping throw more light on origin of Byzantine-era church in Ashdod-Yam

Radio Prague |
28 August 2019

Since the discovery of a Byzantine-era church in Israel's Ashdod-Yam, archaeologists have had a better opportunity to study the Eastern Roman Empire's sixth century footprint in Palestine. Among them is a Czech academic, who helped find evidence this summer that the building may not be of Georgian origin as originally thought.

Vast majority of Czech consumers want better quality food, survey shows

Radio Prague |
28 August 2019

The vast majority of Czech consumers want tougher quality parameters on foodstuffs sold in the country, according to a June survey whose results were made public by the Czech Consumer Association on Tuesday. More than nine out of ten respondents also said that they wouldn't mind if the tougher rules resulted in restrictions on cheap food imports.

New culture minister Lubomír Zaorálek: Czech culture is our best ambassador abroad

Radio Prague |
28 August 2019

President Miloš Zeman on Tuesday appointed Lubomír Zaorálek to the post of culture minister, ending a drawn-out dispute over who should manage the arts portfolio. The seasoned Social Democrat stressed the need to recognize the huge potential of the arts sphere and said he was not afraid to cross swords with the president in fulfilling his goals.

Letters bring to life prison experience of Alice Masaryk facing execution for treason during WWI

Radio Prague |
28 August 2019

T.G. Masaryk's daughter Alice was imprisoned in 1915 for treason, a charge that carried the death penalty. Her time in a grim jail in Vienna is the focus of Charlotte and Alice, a freshly published and highly illuminating collection of over 200 letters between her and her US-born mother, Charlotte Masaryk.

Trust in Czech economy grew in August, survey shows

Radio Prague |
27 August 2019

Trust in the Czech economy experienced a slight increase in August according to the results of a monthly survey conducted by the Czech Statistics Office released on Monday. According to this statistic, overall trust in the Czech economy grew from 95.1 points measured in the previous month to 95.6 in August. The rise is particularly thanks to greater optimism in the trade and services sectors. However, industry trust remains at a six year low and consumer trust has decreased.

Previous term as commissioner seen as boosting Jourová's chances of more important portfolio

Radio Prague |
27 August 2019

Věra Jourová, who currently handles justice, consumers and gender, is preparing to become the first Czech to serve two consecutive stints on the European Commission. Prime Minister Babiš is hoping that Mrs. Jourová can secure an economic portfolio, possibly also with a view of gaining political points at home.

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