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iHned: Volume of mortgages up over 20% in 2016 for new record

Radio Prague |
11 January 2017

Czechs borrowed a record amount in mortgage loans last year, iHned.cz reported on Tuesday. The news website said market leader Hypoteční banka had estimated the total volume of such borrowings for 2016 at CZK 225 billion – an increase of 22% on the previous year.

Czech arms industry exports up for fourth straight year

Radio Prague |
11 January 2017

Although the official numbers will only be released by the Ministry of Industry and Trade in several months' time, all indications are that 2016 was a very good year for the Czech arms industry.

Big budget surplus turns into big headache

Radio Prague |
11 January 2017

General satisfaction with the outcome of the 2016 budget, which ended with a surplus of 61.8 billion crowns, was short lived. Coalition parties are now embroiled in a heated argument on how the money should be used, with no compromise solution in sight. The deadline for the cabinet to make a decision and submit it to Parliament – where it may face new hurdles – is April 30.

Exmoor ponies to find new home in South Moravia

Radio Prague |
11 January 2017

Eleven Exmoor ponies from Great Britain should soon be grazing the meadows of the national park Podyjí in South Moravia. The horses will be shipped to the country in April as part of the Military Life for Nature project.

Sustainable living projects seek to boost Czech awareness and expertise

Radio Prague |
11 January 2017

A new project called Český Ostrovní dům or Czech Island House seeks to raise awareness of self-sustainable living in the Czech Republic.

Former culture minister, two others, given conditional sentences in connection with Czech Radio chateau sale

Radio Prague |
10 January 2017

The District Court for Prague 2 has given 10 month conditional sentences to three people, former culture minister Jiří Balvín, former deputy head of Czech Radio Michal Koliandr, and businessman Jan Hnilička, suspected of corruption in connection with the attempted sale of a chateau in Přerov nad Labem belonging to Czech Radio.

Blast of Arctic weather sees charities scrambling to help homeless

Radio Prague |
10 January 2017

Arctic conditions, with night time lows dropping to – 30 degrees Celsius in places are making life difficult for people around the country. For homeless people the conditions are life-threatening and charity organizations are scrambling to meet the challenge, expanding the capacity of their shelters and seeking out homeless people to offer assistance. Even so, six people are reported to have frozen to death since the onset of Arctic conditions last Thursday.

Czech firms showcase their innovations in Las Vegas

Radio Prague |
10 January 2017

The world's biggest showcase for consumer technology firms, tech heads, and those wanting to get a glimpse of the latest innovations, has just closed its doors. It has been a showcase for the first time for some Czech start-ups.

Interview with Czech Radio's former man in Brazil

Radio Prague |
10 January 2017

While most of us can only dream about attending a World Cup or Olympic Games, David Koubek got to experience both as Czech Radio's correspondent in Brazil.

Zaorálek: Foreign Ministry should decide on extradition cases

Radio Prague |
9 January 2017

The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs should have the power to decide extradition cases, not the Ministry of Justice as at present, according to Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek. Speaking on a television discussion show on Sunday, the foreign policy chief made the comment in connection with the case of alleged Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin, who both the US and Russia are seeking.

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