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Fire warning issued for most parts of Czechia
Fire warning issued for most parts of Czechia

Annual Ride of Kings takes place in Vlčnov
Annual Ride of Kings takes place in Vlčnov

Czech education minister calls for peace at Sudeten German Congress
Czech education minister calls for peace at Sudeten German Congress

Painting by Toyen auctioned in Prague for CZK 37.44 million
Painting by Toyen auctioned in Prague for CZK 37.44 million

Khamoro festival of Romany culture gets underway in Prague
Khamoro festival of Romany culture gets underway in Prague

Krpálek wins judo Grand Prix gold in Linz
Krpálek wins judo Grand Prix gold in Linz

When savings were lost and dreams shattered: Czechoslovak monetary reform of 1953
70 years ago, on June 1, 1953, the ruling Communist regime announced a major monetary reform which significantly cut the value of the money in circulation. Many people lost most of their savings and became virtually penniless.

Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená to perform in Czechia
Czech-born mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená (born on May 26, 1973) is one of the bright lights of world opera. Although based in Britain, she returns regularly to Czechia to perform and was one of the biggest attractions of this year’s Prague Spring Festival together with the award-winning Japanese pianist Mitsuko Uchida.

Memorial ceremony in honour of former political prisoners held at Jáchymov   
Memorial ceremony in honour of former political prisoners held at Jáchymov   

Martin Fuksa takes gold in 1000m at Canoe Sprint World Cup
Martin Fuksa takes gold in 1000m at Canoe Sprint World Cup

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Former Czech MEP Libor Rouček receives award from Sudeten Germans
Former Czech MEP Libor Rouček receives award from Sudeten Germans

Pardubice aviation fair gets underway
Pardubice aviation fair gets underway

Tram line extension opens between Prague's Modřany and Libuše districts
Tram line extension opens between Prague's Modřany and Libuše districts

Commemorative event marks 81st anniversary of Heydrich’s assassination
Commemorative event marks 81st anniversary of Heydrich’s assassination

Police arrest man suspected of starting forest fire that devastated Bohemian Switzerland last year
Police have arrested and charged a 36-year-old man whom they suspect started the largest forest fire that Czechia has ever seen, following an intense investigation that took almost nine months. The man also stands accused of starting a series of other more recent fires in the area.

A nature lover’s paradise: Hiking through Drbákov-Albertovy skály
One of the most popular lookout spots on the River Vltava is in the hills of the Central Bohemian Upland, about an hour’s drive south of Prague.  

New project seeks to show how Czech graphic design helped shape national identity
A largescale project is currently in the works that seeks to present the history and current forms of Czech graphic design to both the domestic and international audience. Bohemian Identity, as it is called, will trace the story of how various designs, ranging from banknotes, state symbols, brands, metro signs and more, helped shape the country’s national identity. To find out more about what’s in store I spoke to one of the founders of the project, Michal Gregorini.

Czechia to host Women's Ice Hockey World Championship in 2025
Czechia to host Women's Ice Hockey World Championship in 2025

Police arrest man suspected of starting last year’s fire in Bohemian Switzerland national park
Police arrest man suspected of starting last year’s fire in Bohemian Switzerland national park

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Prague through-road gets facelift plan – but could it be demolished?
This week the Prague authorities approved studies to revitalise the through-road cutting across the centre of the city. The plans – which still need permits – would make the unpopular “magistrála” more attractive for pedestrians and cyclists. But could the communist-era road ever be removed? I discussed the matter with leading Prague architect Jakub Cigler.

More than 1,700 sites to take part in Night of Open Churches
More than 1,700 sites to take part in Night of Open Churches

Ancient vessel from fifth century BC discovered near Jičín
Ancient vessel from fifth century BC discovered near Jičín

Czech Radio centenary: Listeners send congratulations
On the occasion of Czech Radio’s centenary, we asked our listeners to let us know where they heard our special programme on that day in order to map Radio Prague International’s broadcast reach today. Here are at least some of the many letters and photos which you have sent us.  Thank you to all our loyal fans.

US artist Susan Loy on how many letters are really in the Czech alphabet
Susan Loy is an American artist who had a successful business selling her paintings in the US, but left it all behind a few years ago to move to Prague, when she was already in her 70s. Like Charlotte Garrigue Masaryk, the American wife of Czechoslovakia’s first president, Susan is a Unitarian, and moved to the Czech Republic with Unitarian sponsorship. She is also the curator of an international art exhibition which is on display right now at the Unitarian Church in Prague , so I started by asking her what prompted her to organise it.

Fiala: Czechia needs to sort out deficit and inflation before adopting euro
Fiala: Czechia needs to sort out deficit and inflation before adopting euro

Prague’s Army Museum receives national Gloria Musaealis award
Prague’s Army Museum receives national Gloria Musaealis award

Germany steps up police patrols at Czech borders due to illegal migration
Germany steps up police patrols at Czech borders due to illegal migration

Czechia out of ice hockey world championships after losing 0:3 to USA
Czechia out of ice hockey world championships after losing 0:3 to USA

Pavel ready to waive former Prague Castle Chancellor Mynář of his confidentiality obligation
Pavel ready to waive former Prague Castle Chancellor Mynář of his confidentiality obligation

Fiala: New classes could be set up to cope with high school capacity problems
Fiala: New classes could be set up to cope with high school capacity problems

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Small-town dentist becomes third Czech woman to climb Mount Everest
Small-town dentist becomes third Czech woman to climb Mount Everest

Dubai stuntman and space parachuter to wow crowds at Pardubice Aviation Fair
The east Bohemian city of Pardubice is gearing up for its annual aviation fair this weekend. Highlights this year include air shows by Lukasz Czepiela, who successfully landed a plane on top of a skyscraper in Dubai in March, and Felix Baumgartner, the man who parachuted to Earth from the stratosphere.

Head of grammar schools association criticises system of accepting students into secondary education
Head of grammar schools association criticises system of accepting students into secondary education

Why is Czechia reluctant to ratify the Istanbul Convention?
The Czech government announced on Wednesday that Czechia would abstain from a vote on the EU’s accession to the Istanbul Convention on combatting violence against women. Two of the ruling parties are reluctant to support it and the cabinet is yet to decide whether to put the convention to a vote in the Czech parliament.

The perks of student life at Czechia’s leading universities
Czechia possesses several leading institutions of higher learning that have produced internationally renowned scientists, businesspeople and academics. No wonder then that the number of foreigners studying in the country has been growing. We asked some of them what they like about the country and the student lifestyle it offers.

Czech police cars being outfitted with new system that checks vehicles without need for stopping
Czech police cars being outfitted with new system that checks vehicles without need for stopping

HN: Czechia’s transport provider RegioJet looking for strategic investor
HN: Czechia’s transport provider RegioJet looking for strategic investor

Fiala meets with head of central bank to discuss inflation
Fiala meets with head of central bank to discuss inflation

Ambassador Sabet: Treaty in no way authorises permanent US troops on Czech soil
Earlier this week, Czechia and the United States signed a Defence Cooperation Agreement in Washington. The treaty creates a legal framework for the possible deployment of US soldiers on Czech territory, though officials on both sides insist it does not pave the way for a permanent American base. The American ambassador to Prague, Bijan Sabet, who arrived in the city early this year, discussed the DCA – and more – with Czech Radio journalist Jan Bumba.

Netflix to take action against account sharing in Czechia
Netflix to take action against account sharing in Czechia

Lipavský to meet with politicians and Czech soldiers in Iraq
Lipavský to meet with politicians and Czech soldiers in Iraq

Government approves purchase of 246 infantry fighting vehicles from Sweden
Government approves purchase of 246 infantry fighting vehicles from Sweden

“Cheers” – Prince Edward meets with Czech president in Prague
Less than three weeks after the coronation of Charles III, Czechia has received its first visitor from the British royal family, H.R.H. Prince Edward. The prince, who drank a pint with Czechia’s President Petr Pavel on Tuesday, is in Prague to present the Duke of Edinburgh award to young people who have successfully completed the programme in Czechia.

First ladies’ fashion on display at Prague’s National Museum
A new exhibition showcasing the fashion style of Czechoslovak and Czech first ladies is currently on display at the National Museum in Prague. Visitors can see dozens of items from the first ladies’ wardrobes, including a blouse and skirt that belonged to Charlotte Garrigue Masaryk and the inaugural dress of the current first lady, Eva Pavlová.

Committee rules that controversial dean who attended pro-Russia rally violated code of ethics
Committee rules that controversial dean who attended pro-Russia rally violated code of ethics

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President Pavel receives Prince Edward at Prague Castle
President Pavel receives Prince Edward at Prague Castle

Senate security committee endorses annual defence spending of two percent of GDP
Senate security committee endorses annual defence spending of two percent of GDP

Sparta lift Czech league title for first time since 2014
Sparta Prague have been crowned champions of the domestic soccer league for the 37th time. A scoreless draw on Tuesday night sealed the storied club’s first title in almost a decade.

Lipavský kicks off Saudi Arabian business forum
Lipavský kicks off Saudi Arabian business forum

Czechs set to face US at hockey worlds after defeat to Canada
Czechs set to face US at hockey worlds after defeat to Canada

Sparta seal 37th league title with draw at Slovácko
Sparta seal 37th league title with draw at Slovácko

Czechia and US sign defence cooperation agreement in Washington
Czechia and US sign defence cooperation agreement in Washington

Prince Edward arrives in Czechia
Prince Edward arrives in Czechia

22nd edition of Prague Fringe kicks off
In the early 2000s, native Scot Steve Gove decided to resurrect the intimate feel of the original Edinburgh Fringe festival, before it became the gargantuan beast it is today, and bring it to Prague. Now in its 22nd year, the Prague Fringe is running from 22 – 27 May at venues dotted around Malá Strana. I spoke to him as the festival got underway and started by asking him to summarise what the Fringe is all about, for people who have never heard of it.

Top health insurer to cover skin cancer screening
Top health insurer to cover skin cancer screening

Černochová: Defence deal will not mean US bases in Czechia
Černochová: Defence deal will not mean US bases in Czechia

Poll: ANO have over double support of second-placed Civic Democrats
Poll: ANO have over double support of second-placed Civic Democrats

Boulder World Cup venue going up at Letná
Boulder World Cup venue going up at Letná

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Czechs head coalition of EU states against new vehicle emissions norm
Czechs head coalition of EU states against new vehicle emissions norm

Foundation stone of Adolf Loos’ last house to be unveiled in Prague
The foundation stone of Adolf Loos’ last house , which was designed in 1932 but never came to fruition, will be symbolically laid on Tuesday outside the National Technical Museum in Prague.

Czechia signing defense agreement with United States
Czech Defense Minister Jana Černochová will meet with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Washington on Tuesday to sign a Czech-US Defense Cooperation Agreement. The treaty sets a framework for closer cooperation between the countries’ armed forces at a time of growing instability.

Czechs to vote in European elections on June 7-8, 2024
Czechs to vote in European elections on June 7-8, 2024

US and Czechia to sign defense cooperation agreement
US and Czechia to sign defense cooperation agreement

Czech-designed software can simultaneously translate into over 40 languages at once
Machine translation experts from Charles University have developed a new system that can translate between 43 languages in real time. Intended for international conferences, Elitr shows words said by a speaker on a screen within milliseconds, and in all languages at once.

Finance minister: Austerity package reflects agreement reached by ruling parties
Finance minister: Austerity package reflects agreement reached by ruling parties

Dvořák archive and Moll Map Collection added to UNESCO list
Two valuable documentary collections from Czechia have been inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register: the Antonín Dvořák Archive, which contains most of the great Czech composer’s manuscripts and the Moll Map Collection , a set of ancient maps dating from the late 16th century to the 1860s.

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Heavy storm warning issued for Tuesday afternoon
Heavy storm warning issued for Tuesday afternoon

Interest in air travel rising despite higher costs
Interest in air travel rising despite higher costs

Czech lawmakers want to restrict random choice of primary schools and nurseries
Czech lawmakers want to restrict random choice of primary schools and nurseries

Supreme Audit Office criticizes Regional Development Ministry poor management in allotting funds
Supreme Audit Office criticizes Regional Development Ministry poor management in allotting funds

Head of Czech lower house on working visit to US
Head of Czech lower house on working visit to US

Swiss national team beats Czechia 4:2 in IIHF World Championship
Swiss national team beats Czechia 4:2 in IIHF World Championship

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President Pavel urges democratic world to continue supporting Ukraine
President Pavel urges democratic world to continue supporting Ukraine

Saturday hottest day of the year so far
Saturday hottest day of the year so far

Britain’s Prince Edward to visit Czechia next week
Britain’s Prince Edward to visit Czechia next week

MEP Tomáš Zdechovský to lead Christian Democrats in European elections
MEP Tomáš Zdechovský to lead Christian Democrats in European elections

Live installation on Charles Bridge draws attention to Ukrainian soldiers in Russian captivity
Live installation on Charles Bridge draws attention to Ukrainian soldiers in Russian captivity

Czechia secures place in IIHF World Championship quarterfinals
Czechia secures place in IIHF World Championship quarterfinals

First long-distance journey in Tatra car 125 years ago
The NW Präsident set off with a crew on a 328-kilometre-long journey to Vienna on 21 May 1898. They arrived a day later. The car’s average speed was 22.62 km/h.

Thousands celebrate Czech Radio centenary at special concert
Many thousands of people helped Czech Radio celebrate its centenary this week at a special free concert at the Prague park Riegrovy sady. The line-up for the marathon event included a whole host of popular Czech names, including Aneta Langerova, K.M. Tichá and Bandjeez, Zdeněk Sverák, Lenka Filipová and Michael Kocáb.

Open Doors Day at Czech Radio
Open Doors Day at Czech Radio

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Majority of Czechs agree austerity measures needed, but would save elsewhere
Majority of Czechs agree austerity measures needed, but would save elsewhere

Russian company based in Czechia on new US sanctions list
Russian company based in Czechia on new US sanctions list

Czech president attends Bavarian-Czech Friendship Weeks in Selbo
Czech president attends Bavarian-Czech Friendship Weeks in Selbo

Czech Radio: Chief of General Staff Rehka offered to resign over disputes with defense minister
Czech Radio: Chief of General Staff Rehka offered to resign over disputes with defense minister

Police charge German national in connection with fire in Bohemian Switzerland National Park
Police charge German national in connection with fire in Bohemian Switzerland National Park

Ariana Neumann: “The Nazis would never think a Prague Jewish boy could escape to Berlin”
When Time Stopped is the title of Ariana Neumann’s first book, about the history of her Jewish family in Prague during the war. Before he emigrated to Venezuela in 1949, her father Hans (or Hanuš) Neumann survived the Holocaust thanks to false papers and the audacity that allowed him to find work in… Berlin. The book is filled with extraordinary personal documents and letters preserved in a few boxes found by the author in Caracas, Prague but also Libčice or Teplice.

Teletín's Hidden Lookouts: Exploring the picturesque Vltava Valley
The next stop on our Vltava tour takes us to a valley near the small village of Teletín, offering some of the most beautiful views you can find of the Vltava River.

Open House Prague festival pays tribute to Karel Prager
Many of Prague’s architectural gems will open to the public for free this weekend within the Open House Prague festival, which is now in its ninth year. Visitors can admire the interiors of more than 100 buildings as well as spaces that are usually inaccessible to the public, including the brutalist Hotel Intercontinental, which is currently under reconstruction. I spoke to one of the festival organizers, Michaela Pánková, and I first asked her about the buildings that have been included in the project for the very first time:

End of rent-free land use for Russia
The Czech government has decided to scrap several Communist-era decrees that allowed Russia to use land in Czechia rent-free for diplomatic purposes. The decision has elicited an angry reaction from Moscow, which is threatening to retaliate.

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Debate on government proposal tightening ban on media ownership shelved
Debate on government proposal tightening ban on media ownership shelved

2023 Colours of Ostrava festival to be bigger than ever
2023 Colours of Ostrava festival to be bigger than ever

Defense Ministry protests against spray-painted crosses on Czech Dana howitzers
Defense Ministry protests against spray-painted crosses on Czech Dana howitzers

Government will propose upping license fees for public broadcasters
Government will propose upping license fees for public broadcasters

Telč: A Renaissance Gem of Bohemia
Telč is not just a town; it's an experience. A journey through its picturesque squares and streets allows you to explore a slice of the past, unchanged by time.

Fire in Bohemian Switzerland national park brought under control
Fire in Bohemian Switzerland national park brought under control

Ice Hockey World Championship: Czechia beats Slovenia 6-2
Ice Hockey World Championship: Czechia beats Slovenia 6-2

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Bird flue kills falcons nesting in Broumov area
Bird flue kills falcons nesting in Broumov area

Czech foreign minister to visit Iraq and Saudi Arabia
Czech foreign minister to visit Iraq and Saudi Arabia

Former Central Bohemian governor Rath released from prison
Former Central Bohemian governor Rath released from prison

Czech volunteer injured in Ukraine
Czech volunteer injured in Ukraine

Czech Radio celebrates 100th anniversary
Czech Radio celebrates 100th anniversary

Wave: “Thinking outside the traditional radio box”
Czech Radio’s youth and alternative station Radio Wave lost its FM frequency not long after its launch. But that didn’t stop the channel finding sustained success online, thanks to clever marketing and pioneering use of podcasts.

Exhibition marking Czech Radio’s centenary gets underway in Prague
A radio receiver used by the first Czechoslovak president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk or the microphone into which the very first radio announcer spoke. These are just some of the rare exhibits that are currently on display at the National Technical Museum in Prague as part of an exhibition marking the centenary of Czech Radio.

Moscow threatens retaliatory measures if Czechia demands rent retroactively
Moscow threatens retaliatory measures if Czechia demands rent retroactively

1937 Czech dramatization of White Fang restored in time for radio centenary
Until recently, it was thought that the oldest full-length radio play preserved in the Czech Radio archives was from after the Second World War. But that changed thanks to a chance discovery of a Czech adaptation for radio of Jack London’s 1906 novel White Fang, which though in a very poor condition, was restored and digitised.

BIS asks president for permission to question former head of office
BIS asks president for permission to question former head of office

Czech Radio celebrates its hundredth birthday: a journey into the archives
It was exactly a hundred years ago, on 18 May 1923, that listeners in Czechoslovakia were first able to tune in to regular radio broadcasts. Much has changed since then. Today Czech Radio has ten nationwide stations and fourteen regional studios, based in towns and cities around the country. And of course, there is also Radio Prague International, broadcasting in seven languages around the world. Back in 1923 there was just one station, which in those early days broadcast for a few hours every day from a scouts’ tent on the edge of Prague. To mark the anniversary, we take a journey through the radio archives.

Government approves end of free property usage for Russia
Government approves end of free property usage for Russia


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