Saturday, 24 June 2017

Radio Prague

Czech towns and cities go with the flow and look to buy out foreign water companies

Radio Prague |
15 June 2017

In the late 1990s and following decade there was a sort of gold rush in the Czech Republic. But what the foreign prospectors were panning for was not gold but water itself. Clearly though they believed that water could be turned into gold.

Analyst: Migrant quota row will leave Czech Republic on the pheriphery outside the EU core

Radio Prague |
15 June 2017

The European Commission has decided to launch proceedings against the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary for refusing to accept migrants allocated to them under a compulsory EU system. Radio Prague spoke to political analyst Jiří Pehe, asking him how he viewed the latest developments.

Sobotka to quit as Social Democrats chief

Radio Prague |
15 June 2017

PM Bohuslav Sobotka has announced that he is to step down as chairman of the Social Democratic Party on Thursday. He is to remain as head of government until after general elections in October. Mr. Sobotka made the announcement after a meeting of senior ČSSD leaders on Wednesday evening. Deputy chairman Milan Chovanec, who is minister of the interior, will take over from Mr. Sobotka as party chief.

Construction companies look forward to 2.7% growth this year

Radio Prague |
14 June 2017

Construction companies are often regarded as a litmus test of the local economy. But in the Czech case the test comes up somewhat short. The construction sector has struggled to equal or even get close to the halcyon days of its fastest growth in 2008.

Are the PM's days as Social Democratic Party leader numbered?

Radio Prague |
14 June 2017

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka's post as leader of the Social Democratic Party is looking increasingly shaky, with speculation increasing he could be replaced before the autumn election. Mr Sobotka refused to comment so far, saying only that the party leadership would address current developments on Wednesday.

Exhibition seeks to counter Prague's role as animal smuggling hub

Radio Prague |
14 June 2017

An exhibition Wild for Life got underway at Prague airport this week, featuring large format photos of world famous celebrities morphed with pictures of animals endangered by poaching and illegal trafficking.

Pianist Drew Petersen on performing in the Czech Republic and the American Spring

Radio Prague |
13 June 2017

Drew Petersen is a prodigious pianist who is the winner of this year's American Pianists Award. He is pursuing a Masters at the Juilliard School of Music and recently completed a tour of the Czech Republic as part of the American Spring music festival.

Prague's central district warns of Airbnb ghost town scenario

Radio Prague |
13 June 2017

Airbnb and other sites have radically transformed the Prague accommodation scene. But the most central district of the city, Prague 1, has had enough and says it wants to push ahead if necessary with its own rules for regulating the phenomenon.

Major Czech operators end roaming surcharges as EU deadline draws near

Radio Prague |
13 June 2017

The Czech mobile phone operators T-Mobile and Vodafone have just introduced roaming services that cost the same as domestic usage within the European Union. The country's third major operator, O2, is set to follow suit before an EU directive banning roaming surcharges takes effect later this week.

Lidice, 75 years later: "A place of hope and tragedy"

Radio Prague |
12 June 2017

June 10 was the anniversary of one of the worst atrocities in modern Czech history. On that day, in retaliation for the killing of governor Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazis slaughtered the inhabitants of Lidice and completely demolished the small village, intending to wipe it off the map for eternity.

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