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Minister pledges to abolish pig farm in Lety

Radio Prague |
27 January 2009

For years, numerous Czech governments promised but failed to abolish an infamous pig farm in Lety, built in the 1970s at the site of a former concentration camp. The newly-appointed minister for human rights and ethnic minorities, Michael Kocáb, has expressed his own commitment to see the project through. More than 1,000 Romanies were interned at the Lety camp during World War II and 327 died there from disease or abuse.

ČR ready to assist Middle-East peace process

Radio Prague |
30 December 2008

As news of the violence in the Middle East spread, the Czech Republic joined the international community in calling for a ceasefire.

Court session on Lisbon Treaty adjourned

26 November 2008

All eyes were on the Czech Constitutional Court Tuesday, where a verdict was expected on whether the EU Lisbon Treaty is in line with the Czech constitution. The session continues today. If the court rejects Lisbon, it could throw the EU into disarray. The opposite verdict would pave the way for the Czech Parliament to vote on ratification. Czech president Václav Klaus attended the hearing.

Govt suspends long-term visas for Vietnamese

Radio Prague |
20 November 2008

Some 50,000 Vietnamese nationals are estimated to live in ČR. (ČTK)Some 50,000 Vietnamese nationals live in ČR. (ČTK)

The move comes just days after a new report suggested Vietnamese citizens in ĆR are involved in organised crime.

Journalists raise alarm over wiretapping bill

Radio Prague |
5 November 2008

Transcripts of police wiretaps are regular fodder for the Czech media, but perhaps not for much longer. On Friday MPs in the lower house approved a bill that would outlaw publishing transcripts or broadcasting recordings of phone calls intercepted by the police without the consent of the person concerned. If the bill becomes law, newspapers, broadcasters and internet sites would face heavy sanctions, including – in extreme cases – prison sentences.

Number of suicides lowest in 130 years

Radio Prague |
17 October 2008

The number of suicides in the Czech Republic has dropped to the lowest level since 1875, when the data were first collected.

Pavel Šporcl - Not your everyday violin virtuoso

Radio Prague |
30 March 2009

In the Czech Republic and increasingly even abroad, violinist Pavel Šporcl enjoys the kind of name recognition that aspiring rock stars dream of.

PM's "road to hell" comments on US land him in hot water

Radio Prague |
27 March 2009

PM Mirek Topolánek’s views should be taken as a highly personal outburst, said Nicolas Véron, a research fellow at the Brussels-based EU think tank, Breugel.

Czech Grand Design awards honour designer Jan Čtvrtník

Radio Prague |
25 March 2009

The Academy of Design of the Czech Republic, which consists of theorists, museum curators, journalists and others in the design community, awarded their highest accolade this year to Jan Čtvrtník.

Yushchenko in Prague: Eastern Partnership no substitute for EU membership

Radio Prague |
25 March 2009

On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko began a two-day official visit to the Czech Republic. At a joint briefing with his Czech counterpart, Václav Klaus, Mr Yushchenko called for increased ties between Kiev and the EU, and insisted that this January’s gas crisis was not of his own doing.

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