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Czech Consulate in Lvov improves visa system afte allegations of corruption

Radio Prague |
13 June 2018

In response to numerous complaints with regard to abuse of the Czech visa system in Ukraine, the Czech consulate in Lvov has moved to simplify and speed up the process. Steps have been taken to root out corruption by local middlemen who blocked the registration system, making it virtually impossible for anyone else to sign up for months.

Czech Consulate in Lvov improves visa system after allegations of corruption

Radio Prague |
13 June 2018

In response to numerous complaints with regard to abuse of the Czech visa system in Ukraine, the Czech consulate in Lvov has moved to simplify and speed up the process. Steps have been taken to root out corruption by local middlemen who blocked the registration system, making it virtually impossible for anyone else to sign up for months.

Age of Aquarius: EU needs "more than a few boats" to fight human trafficking, Czech PM says

Radio Prague |
13 June 2018

Czech PM Andrej Babiš has said that in order to stem the flow of economic migrants into the EU, the border protection agency Frontex needs a clear mandate allowing its agents to operate "outside of Europe". In a statement to the European Commission on Monday, Babiš also said that Frontex needs "more than just a few boats" to do its job and therefore must be better funded.

Consumer price growth up in May

Radio Prague |
12 June 2018

Consumer price growth accelerated by 2.2 percent in May year-on year, according to data released by the Czech Statistics Office. The growth was driven by higher prices of food products and fuel, predominantly meat, fruits and vegetables.

Police crackdown on drugs gang

Radio Prague |
12 June 2018

Police have cracked down on an organized crime gang peddling drugs in the Czech Republic and neighbouring Austria. Over 30 people were detained in a series of raids, of which 13 have been charged and 11 were remanded in custody.

Social Democrat referendum likely to endorse coalition with ANO

Radio Prague |
12 June 2018

Approximately 85 percent of Social Democrat regional organizations have already voted in a referendum on whether the party should enter into a coalition government with ANO, party spokesman Petr Vurbs told the ČTK news agency on Monday. According to unofficial information the votes so far are 60:40 in favour of the coalition agreement. The result will be officially announced on Friday.

Restoration work on Astronomical Clock reveals hidden secrets

Radio Prague |
12 June 2018

Restoration work on Prague's famous Astronomical Clock, dating back to 1410, has revealed hidden secrets in its bowels - objects placed there by former restorers. These include small stone statues of animals and a letter hidden in the hollow of the statue of St. Thomas, left there by Vojtech Sucharda, who restored the Astronomical Clock in 1946. The origin of the small animal statues is unclear, but experts believe they date back to the 15th century.

Age of vehicles on Czech roads rises to 15.4 years

Radio Prague |
12 June 2018

The average ago of vehicles on Czech roads has reached a record 15.4 years, according to data released by the Union of Car Importers. They say this is due to the growing number of used cars imported to the Czech Republic in recent years.

Lou Reed, Havel, Půlnoc - and the first Velvet Underground reunion

Radio Prague |
12 June 2018

The first reunion of the classic lineup of The Velvet Underground took place in Paris in 1990, at a show also featuring the Czech band Půlnoc. Believe it or not, the VU performed for the first time in 22 years in large part due to a Prague rumour linked to Půlnoc that took on a life of its own.

Czech central bank to set stricter conditions for extending mortgages

Radio Prague |
12 June 2018

The Czech National Bank is due on Tuesday to recommend stricter lending conditions over rising concerns that a potential shock to the economy could lead to widespread defaults on mortgages, despite rising incomes and low unemployment.

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