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MEPs want Babis barred from EU budget talks

Radio Prague |
22 June 2020

As EU leaders convened for a video summit on Friday focused on a EUR 750 bn recovery fund to tackle the coronavirus crisis, the European Parliament was set to adopt a resolution condemning Czech PM Andrej Babiš for conflicts of interest. MEPs on the budget oversight committee argue that until the EU Commission and the European Anti-Fraud Office investigations are complete, he should not take part in decisions on EU budgets.

Bára Zmeková: one of a new generation of free musicians

Radio Prague |
22 June 2020

Bára Zmeková is a singer-songwriter and pianist from Prague whose music is a blend of folk, jazz and classical, spiced with a bit of electronic. She has been hailed by critics as "one of a new generation of free musicians".

Ellen G. K. Rubin on the artistry of master Czech illustrator Vojtěch Kubašta

Radio Prague |
24 June 2020

Vojtěch Kubašta may well be the most prolific illustrator and graphic artist in Czech history you haven't heard of. But without a doubt, the trained architect and modern master of the pop-up book was among the most successful artists under communism.

Survey: one third of Czech households experience drop in income due to Covid-19

Radio Prague |
19 June 2020

One third of Czech households have experienced a drop in income due to the restrictions related to the Covid-19 outbreak, according to the results of a poll conducted by the Public Opinion Research Centre, released on Wednesday. Nearly 50% of employees and 75% of the self-employed said they had felt the negative impacts of the coronavirus crisis.

BioRescue team marks greatest success yet in Czech-raised endangered rhino project

Radio Prague |
19 June 2020

An international team of scientists looking to save the Northern White Rhino from extinction has cultivated a record number of viable embryos in a sub species crucial to its survival.

Increasing number of wolf-dog hybrids seen as a serious threat to Europe's wolf populations

Radio Prague |
19 June 2020

An international study by European scientists warns of the growing number of wolf-dog hybrids in Europe saying these cross-breeds could drive European wolf populations out of existence. A rise in crossbreeding, driven by habitat destruction and human invasion of wolves' territories, is bringing them into greater contact with domestic free-roaming dogs.

Indoor facemask requirement to end on July 1

Radio Prague |
19 June 2020

Facemasks have been compulsory in the Czech Republic since not long after the coronavirus pandemic hit the country. After previous partial easing, the requirement to cover one's face will end completely on July 1 – except for in spots with a relatively high risk of Covid-19. Also revealed on Thursday was that restaurants and pubs in the Czech Republic will from July 1 be allowed to stay open past the current curfew of 11 pm.

Czech Republic ranked 33rd in World Competitiveness Ranking

Radio Prague |
18 June 2020

The Czech Republic has for a second consecutive year ranked 33rd in Swiss research group IMD's World Competitiveness Ranking. The country again ranked highest among the Visegrad Four countries, ahead of Poland (39th), Hungary (47th) and Slovakia (57th), which dropped four places. For the second year in a row, Singapore tops of the World Competitiveness ranking. Second place went to Denmark.

Český Těšín and Poland's Cieszyn: A community divided by Covid restrictions

Radio Prague |
18 June 2020

The towns of Český Těšín and Cieszyn in Poland lie on either side of the border, normally divided only by the River Olza. But now, with a high Covid-19 rate in the Silesian Voivodeship, continued restrictions mean Polish casual visitors may not enter the Czech Republic from the province, while Czechs who go there must have a negative test or enter quarantine on their return.

Charles University ready to welcome Erasmus students in winter semester

Radio Prague |
18 June 2020

Every year, thousands of foreign students come to study to the Czech Republic within the Erasmus programme. To what extent were their studies affected by the Covid-19 outbreak? And what are their prospects for the upcoming academic year?

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