Saturday, 24 February 2018

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Škoda Auto sees best monthly sales result in January

Radio Prague |
15 February 2018

Czech car maker Škoda Auto recorded its best monthly result ever in January. The company sold 103,800 cars in January, which is an increase of 10.7 percent on the previous year, according to a press release on Wednesday.

Menzel star turn and Slovak militia doc among Czech highlights at Berlinale

Radio Prague |
15 February 2018

The first major international film festival of the year, the Berlinale, gets underway on Thursday. The Czech Republic is being represented at the prestigious showcase by three films, including one starring veteran director Jiří Menzel and a documentary exploring the life of a young paramilitary leader in Slovakia.

Defence minister battles to make best use of boosted budget

Radio Prague |
15 February 2018

The Czech Republic's new defence minister has hit the ground running. And Karla Šlechtová is clearly not worried about ruffling feathers at the ministry with questions about ongoing tenders, overall strategy and the place of the army in wider society.

Babiš to meet taxi drivers over anti-Uber protests

Radio Prague |
14 February 2018

The prime minister in resignation, Andrej Babiš, has invited Prague taxi drivers protesting against Uber to meet him and other cabinet members on Wednesday. Taxi drivers have held three demonstrations in the capital in recent days against services such as Uber, which they consider unfair competition.

Cross-party support for easing of smoking ban

Radio Prague |
14 February 2018

Eighty-six deputies from eight parties in the lower house have put their signatures to a proposal to loosen a ban on smoking at Czech pubs, restaurants and other facilities introduced last year. The amendment has been written by Marek Benda of the Civic Democrat.

Record surplus registered in current account balance of payments

Radio Prague |
14 February 2018

The Czech economy's current account balance of payments ended in a record surplus of CZK 63.4 billion last year, according to preliminary figures released on Tuesday by the Czech National Bank. The current account balance of payments is a measure of a country's total transactions with other economies.

Czech computer games firm hopes for deliverance from medieval project

Radio Prague |
14 February 2018

One of the biggest events is taking place in the Czech computer games markets with the official launch of Kingdom Come: Deliverance. The game is the creation of a relatively new Prague studio, taking players back to the Czech lands during the troubled times of the early 15th century, with a lot riding on its success.

Czech transport ministry looks to pilot PPP motorway project

Radio Prague |
14 February 2018

Public Private Partnerships have had a short and not very glorious history in the Czech Republic as a means of financing major infrastructure projects. But so-called PPPs now appear back in fashion with the Ministry of Transport plotting the use of private capital to pave the way for one major highway.

Spending watchdog castigates ministry over support for children's charities

Radio Prague |
13 February 2018

The Ministry of Education had no clear goals or methods for evaluation cash given to charities working with children and young people between 2014 and 2016.

Respekt: Zeman lobbied for Nikulin extradition to Russia

Radio Prague |
13 February 2018

The weekly Respekt says that President Miloš Zeman has pushed for Russian alleged hacker Yevgeny Nikulin to be extradited to his native country. Monday's edition of Respekt said it had information that Mr. Zeman had twice met with the Czech minister of justice, Robert Pelikán, to lobby for Mr. Nikulin to be handed over to the authorities in Russia rather than to the US, where he is facing charges of hacking the computers of major internet companies including LinkedIn.

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