Friday, 22 March 2019

Radio Prague

Guess who's coming to dinner? LGBTQ cuple could win Christian Democrats' marriage contest

Radio Prague |
25 February 2019

In celebration of "National Marriage Week", the Christian Democrats have organised a contest inviting married couples to post captioned photos of themselves on the party's Facebook page. First prize is dinner with party chairman Pavel Bělobrádek. Over a third of contestants are gay or lesbian couples, who hope to convince the party to reverse its opposition to same-sex marriage.

Jeseníky - a tough but beautiful mountain range

Radio Prague |
25 February 2019

They may not feature sharp alpine peaks, but the Jeseníky Mountains are beautiful in their own right.

Growing number of Czechs use contactless payments

Radio Prague |
25 February 2019

The Czech Republic is one of the leading countries in Europe for contactless card payments, the news site e15.cz on Friday. Last year, they carried out over one billion online payments, both in the Czech Republic and abroad. "The overall value of transactions was nearly 700 billion crowns," chairman of the Czech Bank Card Association Roman Kotlán told the news site, adding that the number of contactless transactions is likely to grow even further in the future.

Czech PM to meet with President Trump in March

Radio Prague |
22 February 2019

The White House press department has confirmed that the Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, will meet with President Donald Trump at the White House on March 7th. It will be the first visit by a Czech head of government in eight years.

The old tradition of pig-slaughter feasts still observed around the country

Radio Prague |
22 February 2019

If you visit the Czech countryside at the start of the year you are likely to receive an invitation to attend a "zabijačka" – in other words a pig-slaughter feast; a centuries old tradition that is still observed in many parts of the country. While for some it is a barbaric practice that has no place in the present-day, for others it is an important part of village folklore that brings people together.

Czech JV of Sourcefabric, MDIF buys stake in Polish radio Eurozet, angering PiS

Radio Prague |
22 February 2019

Holding company Czech Media Invest (CMI) has sold the Polish radio station group Eurozet it acquired last year to Prague-based SFS Ventures and its Polish partner Agora in a move that has reportedly angered Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party.

Commentator: tariffs and threat of trade war likely to dominate Czech-US talks in Washington

Radio Prague |
22 February 2019

The planned meeting between President Donald Trump and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš in March made headline news in the Czech Republic, sparking a great deal of media comment. Radio Prague asked former Washington-based journalist Daniel Anýž for his take on the planned meeting.

Czech colleague: Slovakia "going in right direction" year after Kuciak's murder

Radio Prague |
22 February 2019

Thursday was the first anniversary of the shocking murder of Ján Kuciak, a young Slovak journalist who was gunned down with his fiancée. One year on rallies in the couple's honour were held in Slovakia and Prague, while a new investigative journalism centre in Bratislava has been named after Kuciak. But have perceptions of reporters changed in this part of the world?

New mobile phone app to help drug users and homeless

Radio Prague |
21 February 2019

A Czech non-profit organisation based in Brno has developed a special mobile phone application for drug users and people living on the streets. Called Čára or Line, it will help them find accommodation, food or free needle exchange.

Central Europeans, conspiracy theories and nostalgia for Communism

Radio Prague |
21 February 2019

Which Central Europeans are most likely to believe conspiracy theories? Which are most nostalgic for the communist regime or pro-NATO? The answers may well surprise you, say researchers at Globsec, a Bratislava-based think-tank focused on security and sustainability in Europe.

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