Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Radio Prague

Unions threaten action over plan to let 10% of state employees go

Radio Prague |
13 February 2019

The Czech Republic's unions have come out strongly against the minister of finance's plans to make some 10% of state employees redundant as a cost-saving measure. Union leaders say the idea will impact the quality of public services – and are threatening action. The cuts would mainly concern clerks and would not impact teachers, police officers, fire officers or soldiers, Czech Television reported.

Majda Kallab Whitaker: Dvořák's recognition of African-American influence was "very controversial"

Radio Prague |
12 February 2019

The Dvořák American Heritage Association is one of a number of organisations based at the Bohemian National Hall in New York. Its impressive Dvořák Room houses a rich array of items connected to the composer, who did ground-breaking work during a stay in the city in the 1890s.

Auditors accuse tax authority of series of errors

Radio Prague |
12 February 2019

The Supreme Audit Office has highlighted a requirement imposed on corporate tax payers that may serve no purpose. For its part, the country's tax authority says the regulation was carefully considered. However, auditors have also accused tax collectors of other errors. Recently inspectors from the Supreme Audit Authority turned their attentions to the running of the Czech Republic's corporate tax system from 2013 to 2016. The auditors identified as a potential risk tax evasion via what they refer to as "connected persons".

Minister has plan to stop doctors exodus - but young practitioners are unconvinced

Radio Prague |
12 February 2019

There is a serious shortage of young doctors entering the Czech health system, with many physicians choosing to work in Western countries instead. In response, the Ministry of Health is considering measures that would oblige doctors to remain in the country for a certain period after their studies. However, many in the target group say the problem lies elsewhere.

'Golden Kid' Václav Neckář still going strong at 75

Radio Prague |
11 February 2019

Czech pop-singer Václav Neckář is perhaps best-known for his role of Jiří Hrma in the Oscar-winning film Closely Watched Trains by Jiří Menzel. Despite recently turning 75, Neckář continues to perform and sell out concert halls all around the country.

Why is it so hard to remove a Czech president?

Radio Prague |
11 February 2019

A group of Czech senators recently accused President Miloš Zeman of gross violation of the Constitution and began drafting an official bill of impeachment. However, the chances of the liberal Senator 21 group finding the support to force out the head of state seem extremely slim. But why is it so hard to remove a Czech president?

Czech Foreign Minister says Huawei, overdue White House visit on his Washington agenda

Radio Prague |
11 February 2019

Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček is due to visit Washington this month to discuss a bilateral and global issues with the U.S. secretaries of state and defence, and President Trump's national security advisor.

The 1946 operation that proved a propaganda coup for Czechoslovakia's Communists

Radio Prague |
8 February 2019

In 1946 a secret American operation in Czechoslovakia led to major diplomatic protests. The US authorities had organized a mission aimed at obtaining hidden Nazi documents from a cache in a forest near Prague. However, they had not alerted the Czechoslovak authorities.

Game over: Czechia no longer the 'casino of Europe', slot machine bars disappearing

Radio Prague |
8 February 2019

A decade ago, the Czech Republic had more gaming machines per capita than any other country in the European Union. But "one-armed bandits" have steadily disappeared from the nation's dive bars following the introduction of new legislation and statues, and many municipalities have outright banned casinos.

Ministers announce steps to combat drought

Radio Prague |
8 February 2019

The Czech Republic has been hit by droughts in recent years, with large swathes of the country particularly badly affected last summer. Now a government task force is working on plans to combat the problem – and there are even suggestions water could be protected under the Czech Constitution.

Syndicate content