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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.

A tailor made Prague beer institution

Radio Prague |
12 June 2017

The legendary pub U Pinkasů is located in the centre of Prague, not far from Wenceslas Square. It was the first pub in Prague to offer its customers beer produced in Pilsen by the Prazdroj brewery.

Shrunken Czech steel sector sees rebound in sales and profit but still fears cheap imports

Radio Prague |
12 June 2017

The Czech steel industry this week permitted itself a bit of navel gazing with a conference dedicated to its present and future hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The event followed on the heels of mixed 2016 results for the sector.

Czechs left bemused by British elections

Radio Prague |
12 June 2017

For the second time in just under two years, Britain has left most of the rest of Europe bemused. The Brexit referendum has been followed by a snap election aimed at giving a strong Brexit negotiating hand with Brussels to the ruling Conservatives. That clearly backfired and like the rest, Czechs are now trying to work out what happens next.

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