Friday, 14 December 2018

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Czech men drinking less beer

Radio Prague |
15 November 2018

Consumption of beer among Czech men is among the lowest registered in 14 years, suggests a survey carried out by CVVM agency. The weekly consumption of beer among Czech men has dropped to 7.6 half-litres, which is more than one half-litre less than last year.

Embattled Czech PM fighting for his political future

Radio Prague |
15 November 2018

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is once again fighting for his political future in the wake of revelations that his son, who allegedly suffers from a mental disorder was held in Crimea against his will by his father's associate to prevent him testifying in the Stork's Nest affair in which the prime minister faces charges of EU subsidy fraud. Could this be the end of the road for the besieged Czech prime minister? Political analyst Jiří Pehe thinks not.

Hiking trails - a Czech national treasure

Radio Prague |
16 November 2018

Czechia has a treasure not known to many visitors. It is a unique network of hiking trails over 40 000 kilometers long. The trails are very well marked out and regularly maintained by members of the Czech Tourist Club.

Czechs borrow more than ever ahead of Christmas holidays

Radio Prague |
14 November 2018

Czechs are borrowing more than ever to buy Christmas presents for their relatives and friends, suggests a survey carried out among the country's non-banking consumer lenders. In the months preceding the festive season, loan firms are traditionally recording an increase in the number of loan applications.

Czech PM at centre of new scandal

Radio Prague |
14 November 2018

The investigation into the Stork's Nest affair in which PM Andrej Babiš is suspected of EU subsidy fraud has taken a new twist. The prime minister's son Babiš Jr., who lives in Switzerland, told investigative reporters he had been forcibly detained in Crimea by his father's associates during the time of the investigation so that he would not be called as a witness. The news erupted like a bombshell on the Czech political scene with opposition parties threatening to call a vote of no-confidence in the government.

Future Prague mayor speaks out against 'mono-thematic' gov't district

Radio Prague |
14 November 2018

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš's recent tweet reinvigorated the discussion about creating a special Prague district for government officials, which he believes would create synergy and save the state money on rent. The prime minister's vision is likely to run into obstacles however, as the future mayor of the capital, Zdeněk Hřib, says he is against creating mono-thematic districts.

Martina Forman: "Miloš was a great, great man - great company"

Radio Prague |
13 November 2018

Novelist and screenwriter Martina Forman settled in the United States in the 1990s after meeting her husband, the great film director Miloš Forman.

Interior Ministry opens Prague "CenZA" store selling seized goods

Radio Prague |
13 November 2018

The Ministry of Interior has opened a shop in the Prague city centre – actually, more of a showcase of stolen goods and assets seized in criminal proceedings, up for auction. The aim is to raise funds more quickly to compensate victims of crimes. While the CenZA showroom on Na Perštýně Street is the first in Prague, the police have already opened one in Ostrava and expect to expand the pilot project.

Study: Major wage gap between teachers and other graduates

Radio Prague |
13 November 2018

Despite the Czech school system maintaining a relatively strong position in international testing, the ratio of what the country's teachers earn in comparison to other university graduates is among the lowest in the OECD.

The Czechoslovak Legions - my great-granduncle's story

Radio Prague |
13 November 2018

One hundred years ago the new state of Czechoslovakia was already establishing its institutions. While celebrations were still going on in Prague, about 70,000 Czechs and Slovaks were fighting thousands of kilometers from home in Siberia, attempting to gain control over the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Among them was my great-granduncle.

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