Thursday, 2 October 2014
National | Radio Prague

The new US ambassador to Prague, Andrew Schapiro, says the Czech Republic should continue to increase its defence spending. After presenting his credentials to Czech President Miloš Zeman at Prague Castle, Mr. Schapiro said the Czechs were increasing their military spending to 1.4% of GDP; however, the NATO target is 2% and the US would like to see more progress in this direction.

Prague | Radio Prague

A major new road tunnel in Prague is set to go into trial operation on December 2, a city official said on Tuesday. The Blanka tunnel was originally meant to open in 2011 but the date was repeatedly put back.

National | Radio Prague

The Czech prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, says the European Union should consider easing sanctions against Russia if a truce in Eastern Ukraine remains in place and if Russian gas supplies to Ukraine are resumed before the winter.

Politics | Radio Prague

The Czech Republic's candidate for European commissioner, Věra Jourová, is set to stand down from her current post as minister for regional development on Friday. A spokesperson for President Miloš Zeman said he had already accepted her resignation.

National | Radio Prague

Businessman Ivo Rittig and other persons charged with asset-stripping the firm Oleo Chemical took a total of CZK 20 million out of the company, two newspapers reported on Tuesday, quoting the formal indictment.

National | Radio Prague

Twenty-five years ago, the West German Embassy in a normally quiet part of Prague's Malá Strana became a refuge for hundreds of East Germans, desperately trying to escape from communism.

National | Radio Prague

A probe into how Czech hospitals handled EU funds in the last five years has sparked a row among members of the coalition government.

National | Radio Prague

The police's anti-corruption unit carried out around 40 raids on public offices around the Czech Republic on Tuesday. The searches were in connection with European subsidies and contracts for IT systems, the Czech News Agency reported.

National | Radio Prague

The state attorney's office has filed charges of conspiracy to murder against a doctor serving a 12-year jail term for the rape and blackmail of his assistants. The state attorney says Dr. Jaroslav Barták, who is 56, planned three killings while he was in custody in Liberec towards the end of last year.

National | Radio Prague

Azerbaijani civil society activist Anar Mammadli is the winner of the 2014 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize. Mammadli, has actively defended the right to free elections and is the founder of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre in Azerbaijan. He was arrested in December 2013 on charges of tax evasion and illegal business and in the spring of this year was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison.

National | Radio Prague

Czechs consume on average 130 kilograms of paper a year, which is just under the EU average, according to figures released by company Activa. In the past 25 years the amount of paper used in the country has tripled.

National | Radio Prague

The heads of hospitals who have been fined hundreds of millions of crowns for alleged improper use of EU funds between 2008 and 20013 have protested against what they call manipulated, selective audits by the Finance Ministry.

National | Radio Prague

A study carried by the website Tarifomat found that while the average Czech aged 13 to 18 spent 80 minutes a month speaking on their mobiles, old aged pensioners spoke for 110 minutes on average.

National | Radio Prague

Czech President Miloš Zeman has come under criticism for denouncing sanctions against Russia – in Russian – at an event organised by a close associate of Vladimir Putin.

Politics | Radio Prague

Christian Democratic Party leader Pavel Bělobrádek is to join the ranks of ministers in the country's National Security Council, the Office of the Government announced on Wednesday.