Tuesday, 19 February 2019

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Watchdogs slam pace of Czech motorway construction, as bookies take bets on transport minister's ousting

Radio Prague |
16 January 2019

PM Andrej Babiš boasts that his government has achieved an unprecedented level of investment and motorway construction. Meanwhile, a survey by domestic watchdog Hlídač státu has underscored the sluggish pace of that construction over the past 15 years compared to that of comparable EU member states.

Palach Week 1989, when thousands first took to the streets to protest communism

Radio Prague |
15 January 2019

The 20th anniversary of Jan Palach's self-immolation brought many thousands onto the streets for protests that had no precedent in communist Czechoslovakia. Palach Week, as it became known, began on January 15 1989 and saw running battles between demonstrators and riot police.

Pensioner jailed on terror charge over fake "jihadist" attacks

Radio Prague |
15 January 2019

A pensioner has been convicted of terrorism after causing rail crashes intended to resemble jihadist attacks. A supporter of the Freedom and Direct Democracy party, he said his aim was to spark resistance and ensure the "horror" of Muslim migrants never reached the Czech Republic. On Monday morning judges found Mr. Balda guilty of terrorism and sentenced him to four years in jail and outpatient psychiatric care. Former Czech Military Intelligence chief Andor Šándor says the fault does not lie with Mr. Balda alone.

Debt trap: housing co-ops, building owners petition gov't for help with errant tenants, members

Radio Prague |
15 January 2019

Building owners and housing co-operatives are demanding government help in enforcing and expanding their rights to collect payments from errant tenants or allow for their eviction, or force the sale of flats to cover debts. Many housing co-operatives across the country face bankruptcy, the groups say, due to tenants’ and co-owners' failure to pay utility and other bills.

Foreigners make up 11 % of workforce - and employers are calling out for more

Radio Prague |
14 January 2019

Foreigners now account for nearly 11 percent of the Czech workforce, despite making up just 5 percent of the population. In light of an ongoing labour shortage, business leaders are now urging the government to make it easier for non-nationals to work in the country.

Interview with Václav Havel Library Foundation head Pavla Niklová

Radio Prague |
14 January 2019

The Václav Havel Library in Prague follows the US presidential library model in gathering and archiving materials relating to the late Czech dissident turned head of state. In the US, Havel's legacy is promoted by sister organisation the Václav Havel Library Foundation.

President slams security agencies over "campaign" against Huawei

Radio Prague |
14 January 2019

The president has lashed out at Czech security agencies that have identified Chinese-made Huawei products as a threat. Miloš Zeman says this has harmed the Czech Republic's economic interests – and payback from Beijing will hit some of the country's biggest companies. In an interview on TV Barrandov, Zeman accused the directors of the cyber watchdog agency and the BIS counterintelligence service, by name, of seriously endangering Czech economic interests.

Home of Jan Palach to become permanent memorial

Radio Prague |
11 January 2019

As the 50 anniversary of Jan Palach's self-immolation draws near, the National Museum has released details on a project it has been preparing for over a year. The house where the Czechoslovak martyr grew up is to open as a special Palach museum in August. Next Wednesday it will be exactly 50 years since the 20-year-old student set himself alight in protest at apathy in the face of the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia.

Czech property prise rose 10% by Sept. last year, among steepest increase in EU

Radio Prague |
11 January 2019

The sale price of a flat in Prague and the regional Czech capitals increased on average by 10.1 percent year-on-year at the end of the third quarter of 2018 to 56,800 per square metre, according to a study by the consultancy Deloitte.

Gov't agrees in principle on extending free school lunches, but not on definition of "needy" families

Radio Prague |
11 January 2019

After months of debate, the coalition government has agreed in principle to provide free school lunches to children from the "neediest" families enrolled in nursery and primary. But the ANO and Social Democrat parties have yet to agree which families are "poor" enough to qualify, or when to implement the change.

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