Sunday, 23 November 2014

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New survey finds Velvet Revolution viewed favourably by most Czechs

Radio Prague |
13 November 2014

A new public perceptions survey by the Public Opinion Research Centre has revealed that around a sixth of Czechs still long for a return to communism, while they are equally split on whether their country's current politics is moving the country forward.

Jágr now joint sixth highest scorer in NHL

Radio Prague |
12 November 2014

The Czech ice hockey player Jaromír Jágr is now joint sixth all-time highest scorer in the history of the NHL after finding the net for his club New Jersey Devils in a 2:4 defeat to Boston Bruins on Monday.

Valuable Czech art to go under hammer at Sotheby's

Radio Prague |
12 November 2014

A number of valuable works by Czech artists are set to go under the hammer at Sotheby's in London on Wednesday.

Zeman target of abuse on visit to Opava

Radio Prague |
12 November 2014

President Miloš Zeman was the target of verbal abuse during a visit to Opava in northern Moravia on Tuesday. When Mr. Zeman appeared on the main square in the town demonstrators shouted "shame on Opava" and "Russian cockroach", the latter evidently a reference to his perceived support for Moscow.

Interior Ministry believes financial cost of organised crime has risen sharply

Radio Prague |
12 November 2014

Official estimates of the economic damage caused by organised crime in the Czech Republic have been revised sharply upwards. Czech Television reported on Tuesday that the Ministry of the Interior's anti-mafia plan had in the past put the damage at hundreds of millions of crowns a year.

Poll suggests over 60% of Czechs feel work opportunities were better under communism

Radio Prague |
12 November 2014

Over 60 percent of Czechs believe that work opportunities, social certainty and personal safety were greater prior to the fall of communism, suggests an opinion poll by CVVM published on Tuesday.

Czech Army calls for more fighter planes in view of international security situation

Radio Prague |
12 November 2014

The Czech Army would like the government to increase the number of Gripen supersonic fighter jets at its disposal from the current 14 to 20 due to the security situation in Europe.

Zaorálek pledges Czechs will provide Austria with all information on contentious nuclear waste repository

Radio Prague |
12 November 2014

The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek, says his country will provide neighbouring Austria with all available information relating to the planned building of a nuclear waste repository. Mr. Zaorálek made the comment on Tuesday after a meeting with his Austrian counterpart, Sebastian Kurz, in Mikulov, a town on the Czech side of the two states' joint border.

For many, welfare pays more than work, study finds

Radio Prague |
12 November 2014

For many unemployed people in the Czech Republic, getting a job is not an option. A new study by the government Agency for Social Inclusion found that accepting a low-paying job in some cases lowers the overall income of the family.

Over 40,000 Czechs sign anti-euro petition

Radio Prague |
12 November 2014

More than 40,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Czech government to hold a referendum on euro adoption. The petition, organized by the opposition Civic Democrats, will now be debated in the Senate. But it's unlikely it will bring about a change of mind in the government coalition which believes the country should adopt the euro by the year 2020. Czech president Miloš Zeman said the euro could replace the crown even earlier.

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