Monday, 18 February 2019

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Populist media boss forms new political movement

Radio Prague |
21 January 2019

The owner and chief presenter of the country's most controversial television channel, Jaromír Soukup, has announced the creation of his own political movement. While it is not yet clear in which elections he intends to run, the move is expected to shake up the Czech anti-establishment political scene quite a bit. While the news soon echoed through the Czech media, not all were surprised. Political scientist Petr Just says that such an announcement was expected to come eventually.

Czech president slams spy chief, education minister for discussing "Soviet" bias in school curriculum

Radio Prague |
21 January 2019

President Miloš Zeman has lashed out at the education minister for having met the director of the counter-intelligence service BIS to discuss the agency's warning that a "Soviet narrative" still dominates the teaching of modern history in Czech schools.

Direct flight connection between Prague and Bangkok could start operating by Christmas

Radio Prague |
18 January 2019

A direct flight line connecting Prague with Bangkok could be established by the end of 2019. The plan is the result of a meeting between a Czech delegation led by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and representatives of Malaysian airline Air Asia, in Bangkok. If the plan goes ahead the prime minister believes it would help boost trade and tourism.

Czech brewers big and small turn to craft beers to offset drop in consumption at pubs

Radio Prague |
18 January 2019

According to legend, Bohemian hops were so prized King Wenceslas ordered the death penalty for anyone caught exporting cuttings from which plants could be grown. But with beer consumption and pub visits down at home, big Czech brewers rely on exports to make up the difference, while trying to lure locals back with craft-style and limited-run beers.

Czech officials push ahead with bill to protect rights of British nationals in event of no-deal Brexit

Radio Prague |
18 January 2019

Amid continuing uncertainty over Brexit, Czech officials are pushing to speed up the approval of a government bill which would protect the rights of British nationals living in the Czech Republic in the event that Great Britain leaves the EU with no deal. The bill would ensure that British nationals would have the same rights as all EU citizens up until the end of 2020.

Exhibition organiser: Anniversary shows interest in Jan Palach is huge

Radio Prague |
17 January 2019

A great many events were held in the Czech Republic on Wednesday commemorating the 50th anniversary of the self-immolation of Jan Palach. At the launch of an exhibition about the student martyr at the top of Prague's Wenceslas Square, one of the organisers discussed Palach's legacy – and the high level of interest in him today.

HN: Hard Brexit would bring drop in exports and 40,000 job losses on home market

Radio Prague |
17 January 2019

Tuesday's vote against PM Theresa May's Brexit deal has raised fresh concern in the Czech Republic regarding the uncertainty that lies ahead and the possibility of a "hard" Brexit. According to the leading Czech business daily Hospodářské noviny a "hard" Bexit would result in a drop in direct and indirect Czech exports to Britain and the loss of an estimated 40 thousand jobs on the home market.

Czech prime minister seeks closer trade ties with South Asia

Radio Prague |
17 January 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has set out for South Asia this week. Together with Industry Minister Marta Nováková and a delegation numbering dozens of Czech business representatives, the PM is visiting important economic hubs in the region. Expanding science, research, education and defence cooperation is also on the agenda.

Czech martyr Jan Palach's enduring legacy, 50 years after his self-immolation

Radio Prague |
16 January 2019

Fifty years ago on January 16, a young Czech university student named Jan Palach doused himself in petrol and set himself alight at the top of Prague's Wenceslas Square. Three days after staging this desperate attempt to rouse a demoralised Czechoslovakia in the face of Soviet occupation, he died in a burns clinic. Though his immediate political goals failed, Jan Palach inspired and steeled the resolve of countless others to fight for freedom during the two decades of 'Normalisation' that followed the crushing of the Prague Spring.

British Embassy remembers Jan Palach with 1969 UK painting

Radio Prague |
16 January 2019

The British ambassador to the Czech Republic, Nick Archer, has had a painting by a UK artist – created right after Palach's death – installed at his country's historic embassy building in Prague. He explains the background to the acquisition.

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