Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Radio Prague

Prefab wooden houses: a booming business in Czechia

Radio Prague |
31 July 2019

The market with prefabricated wooden houses in the Czech Republic is experiencing a major boom, the website ihned.cz reports. While ten years ago, there were around one thousand prefabricated wooden houses built in the country, last year it was nearly three thousand.

Czech PM names nominee for EU commissioner, makes bid for more ambitious EC portfolio

Radio Prague |
31 July 2019

After weeks of speculation regarding the Czech Republic's nominee for European commissioner, PM Andrej Babiš arrived for talks with European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen with a single name in his briefcase: Věra Jourová, the current commissioner for justice, consumer protection and gender equality.

"Masaryk really liked the idea": Czech YMCA members on organisation's past and present

Radio Prague |
30 July 2019

A major celebration of the 175th anniversary of the YMCA gets underway in London next Sunday and among those in attendance will be a delegation from the Czech Republic. Radio Prague spoke to two young members, Vladi Vidláková and Nina Hustedová, shortly before they left for the UK.

Unauthorised removal of Charles Bridge graffiti criticised

Radio Prague |
30 July 2019

A large piece of graffiti on Charles Bridge, which was recently sprayed on the famous structure by two German tourists, mysteriously disappeared over the weekend. Official clean-up works on Charles Bridge, which were expected to take about two weeks, got underway on Saturday morning. However, someone secretly removed the graffiti that same night.

Motorway toll operator takes further legal action against competition authority

Radio Prague |
30 July 2019

The Austrian company Kapsch has filed another lawsuit against the Office for the Protection of Competition. It accuses the agency of inaction in ignoring a court ruling under which it was ordered to re-examine Kapsch's objections to the terms of a tender to operate the tolling system on Czech motorways.

Drahoš and ex-hockey star Hašek show early interest in running for presidency

Radio Prague |
30 July 2019

President Miloš Zeman is due to remain in office until early 2023. But that hasn't stopped names of possible successors already appearing in the media. Mr. Zeman's defeated opponent in last year's runoff, Jiří Drahoš, says a second run is "definitely in play", while ex-sports star Dominik Hašek has also signalled his interest.

Pražský výběr leader Michael Kocáb turns 65

Radio Prague |
29 July 2019

Michael Kocáb has been active in politics (he oversaw the withdrawal of Russian troops from Czechoslovakia in the early 1990s) and business. However, he is best known as the leader of the rock group Pražský výběr. He turned 65 on Sunday.

Czechs are predominantly descendants of pre-Slavic populations, says archaeogenetics expert

Radio Prague |
29 July 2019

The interdisciplinary study of archaeology and genetics can bring about many new discoveries, some of which have helped shed new light on periods previously clouded in myth. One of these is a more precise understanding of the ancestors that make up today's Czech population, which is apparently more pre-historic than Slav.

Draft law eases path to Czech citizenship for descendants of exiles

Radio Prague |
29 July 2019

The Senate has passed a draft law that would make it easier for the children and grandchildren of exiles from Communist Czechoslovakia to obtain Czech citizenship. The bill, which is expected to be signed into law by the president, pertains to descendants of those stripped of their own citizenship prior to 1989. 'Krajané' – Czech compatriots and their descendants – have long lobbied for the move, and hundreds are expected to apply.

U Libuše - a picturesque natural pool in the heart of Moravia

Radio Prague |
29 July 2019

Around 24 kilometres east of Brno lies the village of Luleč. This typical Moravian village hides a picturesque natural pool, U Libuše, which is surrounded by rocky cliffs and natural greenery.

Syndicate content