Monday, 27 May 2019

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Czech Republic's cultural heritage to go online

Radio Prague |
26 April 2019

The Czech Republic's cultural heritage is set to become more accessible than ever after the Ministry of Culture announced it will create a freely accessible central database of the country's heritage online.

Czech entrepreneurs bring home the world's best pepper from Kampot

Radio Prague |
26 April 2019

Kampot Pepper, a gourmet pepper sought after by chefs around the world, comes from Kampot province on the south coast of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Klara Dohnalova and David Pavel discovered it on their first trip to the country and soon set up a business aimed at bringing Czechs a whole new culinary experience.

Dry weather boosts likelihood of more bark beetle devastation in 2019

Radio Prague |
26 April 2019

The current dry weather in the Czech Republic is facilitating the reproduction of the bark beetle, which destroys spruce trees. Indeed, the voracious insect began swarming a week earlier this year than in 2018, which saw the most costly bark beetle infestation in this part of the world for a full two centuries.

Prague exhibit depicts the most iconic buildings of Central Europe's socialist modernism

Radio Prague |
25 April 2019

A new exhibition has opened up in the Czech Centres Gallery. Featuring over 100 images and a number of three dimensional models it gives visitors the chance to study the symbolic buildings of Central Europe's post-war socialist architecture.

Villagers shocked to find their nurtured sea eagle nest was likely poisoned

Radio Prague |
25 April 2019

Residents of an Eastern Bohemian village were recently shocked to find their cherished nest of sea eagles had been wiped out by what seems to have been poison. Ornithologists have been summoned to the vicinity and the local police have launched an investigation.

Shoppers increasingly turning to organic foods

Radio Prague |
25 April 2019

The Czech Ministry of Agriculture has just released data which shows the organic food market grew at an exceptionally high pace in 2017. However, the sector's market size is still very low compared to conventional food products. Organic food sales grew by 30.5 percent in 2017, the highest measured growth in the sector since 2008.

Communists' declare victory on "church restitution tax", but Constitutional Court battle likely looms

Radio Prague |
25 April 2019

A controversial proposal to tax money paid to religious groups in compensation for property seized under Communism is a step closer to becoming law. In their first session since the Easter holiday, MPs on Tuesday overrode a veto by the Senate to tax the restitution income of 16 Czech churches and a Jewish federation.

Justice minister's resignation raises concerns about possible political pressure on judiciary

Radio Prague |
24 April 2019

The unexpected resignation of Justice Minister Jan Kněžínek late last week, coming just one day after police investigators proposed charging the prime minister with EU subsidy fraud has raised an outcry from opposition politicians, who say the move gives serious cause for concern about the independence of the Czech judiciary.

Survey: More than 60% of Czechs believe joining EU was right move

Radio Prague |
24 April 2019

More than 60 percent of Czechs believe the decision to join the European Union nearly 15 years ago was beneficial to their country, an exclusive poll commissioned by Czech Radio shows.

Church and social historian Tomáš Petráček on Czech secularism, Slavic paganism, and Easter as a celebration of life

Radio Prague |
23 April 2019

In a wide-ranging interview the Roman Catholic priest Tomáš Petráček – a leading church and social historian – talks about the pagan, Slavic, communist and Hapsburg influences on the position of the church in Czech society over the centuries.

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