Thursday, 16 August 2018

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E15: Czech banks could lose hundreds of millions due to MiFID II

Radio Prague |
31 July 2018

Czech banks may see profits drop by hundreds of millions of crowns due to the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II), which forces lenders to reveal how much they bill customers for exchange rate hedging operations, a source told the daily E15. Part of Europe's biggest regulatory overhaul in a decade, the regulations in part were intended to stop banks from selling products that clients do not need or understand.

Czech, Slovak presidents mark anniversary of common statehood by vintage train ride

Radio Prague |
31 July 2018

As part of this year's celebrations of the centenary of modern Czech statehood, Czech president Miloš Zeman and his Slovak counterpart Andrej Kiska undertook a joint ride on a historical train to mark the anniversary of the declaration of independent Czechoslovakia and also to commemorate its first head of the state Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk.

Despite the heat, ukulele enthusiasts strum on

Radio Prague |
31 July 2018

The sixth-annual Czech Ukulele Festival took place this past weekend at Únětice Brewery, bringing musicians and amateurs from across the world to the outskirts of Prague. I dropped in for the second day of the festivities and spoke to some of the performers.

Scilla Elworthy - the campaigner who has put a price on world peace

Radio Prague |
31 July 2018

Scilla Elworthy is a lifelong campaigner against warfare and conflict and was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the Oxford Research Group, which fostered dialogue between the UK government and nuclear disarmament activists.

Czechs increasingly renting cottages and chalets, prices spike

Radio Prague |
30 July 2018

Estate agents have noted increased interest in renting cottages and ski chalets, and not just in the high season but year-round, according to a survey by state news agency ČTK.

Analysts: ČNB set to raise key interest rate to 1.25%

Radio Prague |
30 July 2018

The Czech National Bank will likely raise its key interest rate by a quarter percentage point to 1.25 per cent at its board meeting on Thursday, according to a poll of analysts by state news agency ČTK.

The best Czech tramping songs

Radio Prague |
30 July 2018

Tramping is a phenomenon that influenced the lives of tens of thousands of Czechs. Young people who dreamed of the freedom of the Wild West, spent time outdoors, engaging in sporting activities, building log cabins and settlements.

Uherské Hradiště summer film school fest kicked off

Radio Prague |
30 July 2018

The 44th annual Summer Film School and festival in Uherské Hradiště got underway on Friday. Over the coming week, it will screen 202 films – including retrospectives of Lars von Trier and special guest Mike Leigh.

Třebíč: a city where Jewish and Christian culture peacefully coexisted

Radio Prague |
30 July 2018

There are many examples of peaceful coexistence of the Jewish diaspora in the predominantly Catholic Czechia. One of them can be found in the heart of the Highlands region.

Friend of two Czechs imprisoned in Turkey: They feel this is so unfair

Radio Prague |
30 July 2018

The Turkish Supreme Court last week upheld a six-year prison sentence for two Czechs convicted on charges of terrorism in 2017. Radio Prague spoke to their close friend Janusz Konieczny to find out what conditions they are being held in and how they feel about this latest set-back.

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