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Preservationists slam Jiřičná design for new Prague's high rise development

Radio Prague |
19 June 2019

Plans were recently revealed for a major, and striking looking, development project that would transform part of Prague's Žižkov district. However, a conservation group has now come out against the design, which is the work of the top Czech architect Eva Jiřičná.

Opposition seeks no-confidence vote in Babiš gov't next week

Radio Prague |
19 June 2019

The mainstream opposition parties in the lower house are pushing anew for a vote of no-confidence in the Babiš gov't, over the PM's alleged conflict of interest outlined by Brussels regarding the distribution of EU funds. They say that even if unable to muster the necessary numbers to bring down the administration, the vote would have great symbolic "moral" value. "Every MP must clearly say whether or not they have confidence in this government and this prime minister," said KDU-ČSL chairman Marek Výborný.

New trial places Communist-era involuntary emigration campaign in spotlight

Radio Prague |
18 June 2019

A court case in Prague will this week put the spotlight back on a notorious Communist secret police operation in which opponents of the regime were harassed so terribly that in many cases they abandoned their native Czechoslovakia. The victim in this instance was a woman with three small children.

Miloš Krajný: The idea of doctors receiving gifts was funny in Canada

Radio Prague |
18 June 2019

Dr. Miloš Krajný is one of a number of people who have just received the Gratias Agit, the Czech Foreign Ministry's award for those who have promoted the good name of the Czech Republic abroad.

Twice the winner - Czech wins EUR 55 million jackpot before tax change

Radio Prague |
18 June 2019

An unknown individual has made headlines in the Czech Republic, after the country's prime betting company, SAZKA, announced that the winner of a Europe-wide lottery's billion-crown jackpot was Czech. His luck may be seen by some as two-fold, because the win came before the expected arrival of new legislation taxing lottery winners. The Eurojackpot is a transnational European lottery, which was first launched in March 2012. The Czech Republic joined in 2014 and has since had two winners.

Czechs get unique opportunity to carry out archaeological research in Syria

Radio Prague |
17 June 2019

The National Museum in Prague has been granted a unique license to carry out archaeological research in Syria. A team of Czech and Syrian archaeologists will be exploring a location in the coastal province of Latakia, the former site of the ancient port city of Ugarit.

Joan Baez's iconic 1989 concert which featured Václav Havel as a roadie

Radio Prague |
17 June 2019

Many Czechs remember the concert of American folk musician Joan Baez's in Bratislava on 10 June 1989 as one of the signs of the approaching fall of communism.

2019 Gratias Agit awards presented in Prague

Radio Prague |
17 June 2019

The Czech Foreign Ministry has presented its Gratias Agit awards honouring individuals and groups that promote the good name of the Czech Republic internationally. Among those recognised were the world-renowned plastic surgeon Bohdan Pomahač and the Russian NGO Memorial.

IMF: The next few years will see Czech economic growth hovering around 2.5%

Radio Prague |
17 June 2019

The Czech Republic's economic growth is expected to continue at a rate of around 2.5 percent, the International Monetary Fund predicted in a press release on Thursday. Inflation is expected to go down and unemployment levels will rise. The head of the organisation also warned of the large impact that American tolls on European products would have on the Czech economy.

What lies in store for the Eastern Partnership 10 years after its establishment?

Radio Prague |
17 June 2019

In 2009 the Eastern Partnership, a project seeking closer ties between the EU and its Eastern European neighbours was proclaimed in Prague. Ten years later, the union is evaluating its progress and searching for prospective strategies. Whatever the future brings, it seems that this is likely to be a long-haul effort.

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