Thursday, 24 October 2019

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Vast majority of Czech consumers want better quality food, survey shows

Radio Prague |
28 August 2019

The vast majority of Czech consumers want tougher quality parameters on foodstuffs sold in the country, according to a June survey whose results were made public by the Czech Consumer Association on Tuesday. More than nine out of ten respondents also said that they wouldn't mind if the tougher rules resulted in restrictions on cheap food imports.

New culture minister Lubomír Zaorálek: Czech culture is our best ambassador abroad

Radio Prague |
28 August 2019

President Miloš Zeman on Tuesday appointed Lubomír Zaorálek to the post of culture minister, ending a drawn-out dispute over who should manage the arts portfolio. The seasoned Social Democrat stressed the need to recognize the huge potential of the arts sphere and said he was not afraid to cross swords with the president in fulfilling his goals.

Letters bring to life prison experience of Alice Masaryk facing execution for treason during WWI

Radio Prague |
28 August 2019

T.G. Masaryk's daughter Alice was imprisoned in 1915 for treason, a charge that carried the death penalty. Her time in a grim jail in Vienna is the focus of Charlotte and Alice, a freshly published and highly illuminating collection of over 200 letters between her and her US-born mother, Charlotte Masaryk.

Trust in Czech economy grew in August, survey shows

Radio Prague |
27 August 2019

Trust in the Czech economy experienced a slight increase in August according to the results of a monthly survey conducted by the Czech Statistics Office released on Monday. According to this statistic, overall trust in the Czech economy grew from 95.1 points measured in the previous month to 95.6 in August. The rise is particularly thanks to greater optimism in the trade and services sectors. However, industry trust remains at a six year low and consumer trust has decreased.

Previous term as commissioner seen as boosting Jourová's chances of more important portfolio

Radio Prague |
27 August 2019

Věra Jourová, who currently handles justice, consumers and gender, is preparing to become the first Czech to serve two consecutive stints on the European Commission. Prime Minister Babiš is hoping that Mrs. Jourová can secure an economic portfolio, possibly also with a view of gaining political points at home.

Babiš highlights Czech achievements in address to ambassadors

Radio Prague |
27 August 2019

The country's ambassadors around the world should be proud of the Czech Republic and talk up its achievements. That was the message from Andrej Babiš to Czech diplomats currently gathered in Prague. The prime minister also emphasised the importance of the Visegrad Four and repeated his opposition to euro adoption in a broad-ranging speech.

Karel Plíhal - one of Moravia's most beloved, and jazziest, folk singers

Radio Prague |
26 August 2019

Moravian-born folk singer, songwriter and music producer Karel Plíhal first picked up a guitar when he was fifteen, and got into the underground music scene with country-swing bands while studying mechanical engineering in Olomouc. Over the past three decades he has experimented with country, folk, and jazz themes.

Tatra trucks to supply Czech army with 71 vehicles in CZK 500 million deal

Radio Prague |
26 August 2019

Vehicle manufacturer Tatra Truck has signed a CZK 557 million contract with the Czech Army, according to which it will supply 71 transport vehicles in the coming years. The new deal was announced by the company's spokesman Andrej Čírtek.

Czech gov't plans major revision of visa schemes, annual quotas for foreign workers

Radio Prague |
26 August 2019

Faced by an acute labour shortage, the Czech government is looking to attract more foreign workers and streamline the processing of issuing work permits. In recent years, the country has in particular turned to Ukraine to help fill the gap. The government wants to do the same for workers from EU hopefuls such as Montenegro, Moldova and Serbia, as well as India and other Asian countries.

Mayor of Prague 6 refuses to remove paint from vandalised statue

Radio Prague |
26 August 2019

On Wednesday, Prague's statue depicting Marshal of the Soviet Union Ivan Konev was covered in red paint by unnamed vandals. The local district authorities, who have been trying to move the statue to the Russian Embassy, say they will not clean up the damage until the embassy "starts constructive discussions".

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