Thursday, 19 September 2019

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Babiš highlights Czech achievements in address to ambassadors

Radio Prague |
27 August 2019

The country's ambassadors around the world should be proud of the Czech Republic and talk up its achievements. That was the message from Andrej Babiš to Czech diplomats currently gathered in Prague. The prime minister also emphasised the importance of the Visegrad Four and repeated his opposition to euro adoption in a broad-ranging speech.

Karel Plíhal - one of Moravia's most beloved, and jazziest, folk singers

Radio Prague |
26 August 2019

Moravian-born folk singer, songwriter and music producer Karel Plíhal first picked up a guitar when he was fifteen, and got into the underground music scene with country-swing bands while studying mechanical engineering in Olomouc. Over the past three decades he has experimented with country, folk, and jazz themes.

Tatra trucks to supply Czech army with 71 vehicles in CZK 500 million deal

Radio Prague |
26 August 2019

Vehicle manufacturer Tatra Truck has signed a CZK 557 million contract with the Czech Army, according to which it will supply 71 transport vehicles in the coming years. The new deal was announced by the company's spokesman Andrej Čírtek.

Czech gov't plans major revision of visa schemes, annual quotas for foreign workers

Radio Prague |
26 August 2019

Faced by an acute labour shortage, the Czech government is looking to attract more foreign workers and streamline the processing of issuing work permits. In recent years, the country has in particular turned to Ukraine to help fill the gap. The government wants to do the same for workers from EU hopefuls such as Montenegro, Moldova and Serbia, as well as India and other Asian countries.

Mayor of Prague 6 refuses to remove paint from vandalised statue

Radio Prague |
26 August 2019

On Wednesday, Prague's statue depicting Marshal of the Soviet Union Ivan Konev was covered in red paint by unnamed vandals. The local district authorities, who have been trying to move the statue to the Russian Embassy, say they will not clean up the damage until the embassy "starts constructive discussions".

Czechs borrowing more, missing payments less

Radio Prague |
23 August 2019

The total debt of Czech sat the end of June reached CZK 2.38 trillion, an increase of 6.7 percent in annual terms, according to the Banking and Non-Banking Client Information Register. The number of people who had difficulty repaying consumer loans fell by 61,000 to 215,000 year-on-year.

Czech University of Life Sciences warns of dire economic costs of prolonged drought

Radio Prague |
23 August 2019

Another long-term drought could cost the Czech economy up to CZK 80 billion, equivalent to a drop of 1.6 percentage points in GDP, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Life Sciences warn that in order to conserve water for essential use, key industries would be forced to cut production, adding an exponential ripple effect to the surface-level economic impact.

Flašinet žije! Or why barrel organs are a grind (in a good way)

Radio Prague |
22 August 2019

Barrel organ players and street artists from the Czech Republic and beyond gathered in Prague earlier this month for the annual festival Flašinet žije! (The barrel organ is alive!), organised by the National Museum.

"I was here the whole time in '68": Radio's role during invasion recalled at ceremony

Radio Prague |
22 August 2019

The Czech Radio building in Prague saw the most intense violence during the Soviet-led invasion of August 21, 1968 and, as every year, hundreds of people marked the anniversary at the station on Wednesday. Among them were leading politicians – and one old lady who broadcast news of the occupation to the outside world.

New urban crossover Kamiq to go on sale at the beginning of September

Radio Prague |
22 August 2019

Car maker Škoda Auto has received over 1,600 orders for its new crossover named Kamiq even before the start of sales at the beginning of September, according to company head Luboš Vlček. With its third SUV and first urban crossover, Škoda will be in competition with Dacia Duster, Peugeot 2008 or Renault Captur.

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