Thursday, 18 July 2019

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Court orders compensation for Czech owners of Volkswagen cars

Radio Prague |
21 June 2019

A Czech court has for the first time recognised the right of Czech owners of Volkswagen cars to compensation linked to "Dieselgate", an emissions scandal involving the German auto giant.

Babiš: Prague wants new EC chief who won't reintroduce migrant quotas

Radio Prague |
21 June 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš says the Czech Republic doesn't want a new president of the European Commission that would bring back migrant quotas. As he left for a summit in Brussels, he also said he would not now be discussing a Commission audit finding him in conflict of interest with its outgoing chief.

Black Hawk down? Communists could pull support for Babiš gov't if Soviet Mi-24s are replaced

Radio Prague |
21 June 2019

The minority coalition government of embattled PM Babiš relies on the support of the Communists, giving the largely unreformed, pro-Moscow, anti-NATO party a political say for the first time since 1989. In exchange for its tolerance, the Communists have won some major policy concessions, and party chairman Vojtěch Filip seems increasingly determined to scupper a deal to buy US military helicopters to replace the Czech Army's ageing fleet.

Czech Republic among world's largest unwitting sources of spam

Radio Prague |
20 June 2019

The Czech Republic ranks among the top 20 spam email senders in the world according to the most recent 2019 data analysed by leading threat researcher Cisco Talos. Some believe the problem stems from the general lack of concern for personalised IT security and there seems to be little the government can do about it. What makes it worse is the fact that the Czech Republic is the smallest state among the top 25 spam origin countries and that means a larger percentage of computers likely serve as spam proxies.

Waste collection fees in Prague to increase by 30 percent

Radio Prague |
20 June 2019

The costs of communal waste collection in the Czech capital could rise by 30 percent, at least according to a new decree prepared by Prague City Council. At the same time, councillors want to introduce the collection of bio-waste, which should be considerably cheaper.

New agency to take over sports funding in Czech Republic

Radio Prague |
20 June 2019

A new National Sport Agency is due to be established in the Czech Republic taking over responsibilities for sports funding from the Ministry of Education. Its main aim is to create a new system of funding for Czech sport.

The Czech National Trust celebrates five years: "We just let people know we have volunteer work and they come"

Radio Prague |
19 June 2019

The Czech National Trust celebrated five years of existence on Tuesday with an international conference at Strahov Monastery in Prague. According to delegates, the National Trust concept – which comes from the UK – has been catching on well here in the Czech Republic.

Preservationists slam Jiřičná design for new Prague's high rise development

Radio Prague |
19 June 2019

Plans were recently revealed for a major, and striking looking, development project that would transform part of Prague's Žižkov district. However, a conservation group has now come out against the design, which is the work of the top Czech architect Eva Jiřičná.

Opposition seeks no-confidence vote in Babiš gov't next week

Radio Prague |
19 June 2019

The mainstream opposition parties in the lower house are pushing anew for a vote of no-confidence in the Babiš gov't, over the PM's alleged conflict of interest outlined by Brussels regarding the distribution of EU funds. They say that even if unable to muster the necessary numbers to bring down the administration, the vote would have great symbolic "moral" value. "Every MP must clearly say whether or not they have confidence in this government and this prime minister," said KDU-ČSL chairman Marek Výborný.

New trial places Communist-era involuntary emigration campaign in spotlight

Radio Prague |
18 June 2019

A court case in Prague will this week put the spotlight back on a notorious Communist secret police operation in which opponents of the regime were harassed so terribly that in many cases they abandoned their native Czechoslovakia. The victim in this instance was a woman with three small children.

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