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Published: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:04:00 +0200

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PM, hundreds of attendees, honour victims of Roma Holocaust at Hodonín memorial

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:04:00 +0200

Around 200 people, including Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, on Sunday honoured the memory of victims of the Roma Holocaust at a memorial at Hodonín near Kunštát. This August marks 74 years since Moravian Roma families, interned at a concentration camp there during the Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia and…

Tennis: Plíšková hangs on to No. 1 spot thanks to Muguruza

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:01:00 +0200

Czech tennis player Karolína Plíšková will hang on to the women's world number 1 spot despite losing in the semifinal in Cincinnati this week. She would have been replaced in the top spot in the ATP rankings by Romanian player Simona Halep if the latter had won the final. Instead, Halep lost badly…

Jan Urban: I returned to Czechoslovakia a day before the 1968 invasion

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200

This August 21 marks the 49th anniversary of the Russian-led Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Wenceslas Square in Prague has been a pivotal location throughout Czech history, and that certainly applies to 1968, when Soviet tanks symbolically “conquered” Czechoslovakia by taking over this thoroughfare. Jan Urban is a journalist, teacher and author. He was just seventeen years old at the time of the invasion. He joined me at the bottom of Wenceslas Square to think back on those turbulent and painful days that marked the end of the Prague Spring.

Daily news summary 20.8.2017

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:18:00 +0200

Wage increases, Industry 4.0, American triumphant in dumpling eating contest

Car manufacture in Czech Republic furthest in Industry 4.0, ČTK reports

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:16:00 +0200

Automation and robotics and other elements of Industry 4.0 in the Czech Republic are reportedly being adopted fastest in the fields of car manufacturing and electronics. But the country still stands at the start of the 4th industrial revolution, according to a survey by the Czech News Agency; one problem…


Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:31:00 +0200

Monday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and some sunny periods. Daytime temperatures should reach highs of around 20 degrees Celsius.

Renovation of Grabštejn Castle complete, says local organizer

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:25:00 +0200

Funds from benefit concerts and other events at the site of Grabštejn Castle near the German and Polish borders in the region of Liberec, contributed significantly to its renovation over the last 25 years, opera singer and main organizer Luděk Vele told the Czech News Agency. He stressed that while the…

Prague Zoo welcomes millionth visitor

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:13:00 +0200

Prague Zoo welcomes its millionth visitor this season, three days later than in 2016 the zoo's Alena Šteffelová confirmed. 2016 was a record year for the zoo, with a total of 1,448,353 visitors - the most in its 85-year history. Ms Šteffelová said that good weather had contributed to the high number…

Government and union reps to meet to discuss wage increases in public sector

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:01:00 +0200

Government and union representatives are due to meet on Monday to discuss wage growth. The union umbrella organization ČMKOS is calling on the government to boost wages for teachers by 15 percent as of November and 10 percent for other public servants. The plan has the backing of Prime Minister Bohuslav…

American crushes competition in dumpling eating contest

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:51:00 +0200

Thirty-two-year old American Patrick Bertoletti, a pro in America's MLE (Major League Eating) known for being able to consume large amounts of ice cream, hot dogs, pizza, meat, and hot peppers was the hand-down winner in a similar competition in Vizovice in the Czech Republic for consuming the most…

Football: Čech, Arsenal, suffer first loss of season

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:18:00 +0200

Goalkeeper Petr Čech and Arsenal were handed an unexpected defeat by Stoke on Saturday - the Gunners' first loss of the season. Debutant Jese Rodriguez scored seconds into the second half, despite Arsenal otherwise dominating, with ball possession at 78 percent by the end of the match. The Gunners…

US duo mix Moravian folk with modern influences

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 02:01:00 +0200

The US duo Dálava, consisting of vocalist Julia Úlehla and guitarist Aram Bajakian, explores traditional Moravian folk songs collected by Úlehla’s great-grandfather, blending them with more contemporary, indie-rock sound. We are going to listen to their second album, called the Book of Transfigurations, which was released in April 2017.

Daily news summary 19.8.2017

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:44:00 +0200

Petřín Tower lit up in Spain’s national colours, wage dumping, Palach film

Robbie Williams performs in Prague

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:42:00 +0200

British singer and pop star Robbie Williams will take to the stage in Prague in Saturday evening at Prague Letňany. The singer is touring to promote his latest album The Heavy Entertainment Show. He is expected to come on at around 8:30 PM, following opening act pop-synth duo Erasure.


Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:11:00 +0200

Sunday is expected to be mostly cloudy with rainy periods. Daytime temperatures should reach around 20 degrees Celsius.

Shooting begins on new film about Palach

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:08:00 +0200

A crew began shooting a new film about Jan Palach on Saturday, directed by Robert Sedláček, and due to be released next year on the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. Jan Palach was a student who took his own life in protest of the invasion. He was the subject of a successful…

New tram lines approved

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:56:00 +0200

The City of Prague is going ahead with planned changes which will see the introduction of two new tram routes. Plans for the project are to be drawn up after the proposal was passed by councillors this week. Changes to the tram lines will affect routes from Jižní Město to Žižkov and form Podolí to Michle.…

Thunderstorms and strong winds leave thousands of households without electricity

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:42:00 +0200

Thunderstorms and strong winds uprooted hundreds of trees in the Šumava area on Friday night and several thousand homes in the region of South Bohemia were left without power. According to reports, transport along several railway lines was disrupted. Fire fighters in the Plzeň region were called to help…

PM to address issue of wage dumping at meeting in Salzburg

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:27:00 +0200

Discussions on the future of the European Union and closer economic and social integration will be topics discussed next Wednesday in a meeting in Salzburg, Austria, between European leaders including Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. In Salzburg, Mr Sobotka will meet with Austrian chancellor Christian…

Prague's Petřín Tower lit up in Spain's national colours

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:11:00 +0200

Prague's Petřín Tower was lit up in the colours of Spain's national flag on Friday in a sign of defiance against terror and to honour the many people who were killed or injured in terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. On Thursday, perpetrators purposely drove a van into pedestrians on…

Duchcov – The last dwelling of Giacomo Casanova

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 02:01:00 +0200

Duchcov Castle or Dux (in the original German) is a place with a proud history dating back 800 years. The castle’s greatest boom was in a time when the domain belonged to the aristocratic family of Wallenstein.

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For me, playing the bad guy is the most exciting, says Prague-based actor Brian Caspe

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 02:01:00 +0200

Since moving to Prague in 2002, American actor Brian Caspe has had parts in numerous big productions, everything from featured extra to supporting or leading roles. He has appeared in films such as Wanted, Unlocked and Anthropoid, and also heads the Prague Playhouse featuring English-language theatre, where he also teaches the Meissner technique.

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Daily news summary 18.8.2017

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:52:00 +0200

Czechs condemn Barcelona attack No Czech victims known ANO commmission meets

Tomáš Rosický to miss out on Sparta starting line-up

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:49:00 +0200

In football, illness has hit former Czech captain and Sparta Prague midfielder Tomáš Rosický. The 36-year-old was expected for the first time to be in Sparta’s starting line-up in the evening match against Slovácko on Friday night but was struck down by angina. Rosický was sidelined for nearly all of…

Czech Republic condemns terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:44:36 +0200

The Czech Republic has expressed solidarity with Spain and offered condolences following Thursday’s terrorist attack on the Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona, and a later attack in Cambrils. In the attacks, at least 14 people lost their lives.

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Historians pin down number of 1968 invasion victims

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:27:03 +0200

A new book by Czech historians specifies the number of victims of the 1968 Soviet-led occupation of Czechoslovakia. According to the book, called Occupation 1968 and its Victims, a total of 137 Czechs and Slovaks died as a result of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and 400 people in the following years.

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No Czech victims known from Barcelona attack: foreign ministry

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:19:00 +0200

The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs said at midday Friday that it had no news of any Czech victims among the dead and injured from the attack at Barcelona and nearby. The ministry cautioned though that although victims came from 34 countries, it had not been possible to specify where they all came…

Czech telecoms regulator given ammunition for attack on mobile data charges

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:07:51 +0200

The Czech Telecommunication Office (ČTÚ) has made a call which many of its critics say should have been pretty obvious by now and should have been made long ago. The office has decided that competitive market conditions do not exist on the market for mobile services for data.


Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0200

Rain is expected across most of the country on Saturday though it is expected to hold off in the west. Top temperatures will range between 19 and 24 degrees Celsius.

President Macron seeks to open dialogue with Central Europe: report

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0200

French president Emmanual Macron is seeking to re-start a neglected dialogue with leaders in Central and Eastern Europe and attempt to show that he is not conducting diplomacy solely with Berlin, the European weekly Politico writes. Macron is due to meet with Austria’s chancellor Kern as well as Czech…