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Facemask requirement eased but new restrictions for area hit by spike in Covid-19 cases

Radio Prague |
30 June 2020

From Wednesday it will only be compulsory to wear facemasks at health facilities in most parts of the Czech Republic. However, coronavirus measures will be intensified rather than eased in an area in the east of the country hit by a spike in new cases in recent days.

Coronavirus fuels Czechs' interest in recreational homes

Radio Prague |
29 June 2020

Interest in purchasing summer homes and cottages is significantly higher this year while the number of such recreational homes on sale has dropped, the website Aktuálně reports. According to experts, the rising demand relates to the coronavirus outbreak and uncertainty surrounding the possibility to travel abroad.

Inching eastwards: The re-alignment of Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain

Radio Prague |
29 June 2020

The fall of the Iron Curtain is often described as a sudden, unexpected event. The following years during the 1990s saw both a major expansion of NATO eastwards and the geographical retreat of Russia from areas previously seen as within its sphere of influence. Radio Prague spoke to Cold War historian Sergei Radchenko to learn more.

Anděl award winners

Radio Prague |
29 June 2020

Radio Prague's Music Show features winners of the Czech music industry's annual Anděl awards: Vladimír Mišík, Beata Hlavenková, Zvíře jménem Podzim, Mirai, Hugo Toxxx, Vertigo, Ivo Kahánek and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.

Coronavirus underscores advantages, disadvantages of Czech economy being most industrial in Europe, ex-central banker says

Radio Prague |
26 June 2020

The lower house of parliament on Tuesday approved a rise in the 2020 central state budget deficit to a record CZK 500 billion, in the first of three scheduled readings. Will it be sufficient to shore up the economy, projected to contract by 8% already this year? And is the country over reliant on the automotive industry?

New book puts spotlight on family of Milada Horáková

Radio Prague |
26 June 2020

Politician Milada Horáková was executed, after a show trial by Czechoslovakia's Communist regime, 70 years ago this Saturday. Ahead of that anniversary, journalist Daniel Anýž has just brought out a new book looking at the fates of Horáková and her family, entitled I Go With My Head Held High.

Milan Kundera is a 'moral relativist' with much to hide, says Czech author of controversial new biography

Radio Prague |
26 June 2020

An unauthorised biography of Milan Kundera that hits the shelves on Friday casts the celebrated Czech-born writer in a decidedly unflattering light – as an undeniably gifted novelist whose obsessive need to control his image stems in part from a desire to whitewash some very dark chapters of his personal history.

Czech economy will fall by up to 8%, economist Švejnar says

Radio Prague |
25 June 2020

The downfall in the Czech economy will be higher than generally expected, contracting by 7.5 to 8 percent of GDP, leading Czech economist Jan Švejnar said in an interview with the Czech News Agency published on Wednesday. According to Mr Švejnar, the recession could reach double digits if a second coronavirus wave were to hit. He said the contraction of the economy is very dependent on the global situation.

New app brings 18th century sculpted nativity scene back to life

Radio Prague |
25 June 2020

Braun's Nativity Scene is an impressive sculptural art work located near the Kuks Baroque complex in east Bohemia. Thanks to a new augmented reality application, visitors can now admire the work of art as it looked at the time of its creation.

Czech video game industry sees strong growth for third year in succession

Radio Prague |
25 June 2020

The Czech video game industry grew by 20 percent last year, with a total turnover of CZK 4.54 billion, the Czech Game Developers Association (CGDA) announced this week. In fact, the sector has doubled in size in the past three years alone.

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