Friday, March 18, 2011

Radio Prague Today 3.18.2011

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Business News 18.3.2011

In this week's Business News: Škoda Auto steps up profits, Sazka runs out of chances; cash claw back threat for Skanska; Czech Airlines pares back losses; and a new departure for Prague airport.

Learning to Dwell: Adolf Loos at the RIBA in London

In this week's Arts I talk to Irena Murray-Žantovská of the Royal Institute of British Architects in London about a successful new show there examining work in the Czech lands by famous Functionalist architect Adolf Loos. The show picks up from a similar exhibition held in the Czech capital in 2008 and presents to British audiences some of Loos' best known buildings in the Czech Republic and Prague, most notably the Müller Villa.

Social Democrats meet to choose new party leader

The Czech Republic's biggest opposition party, the left-of-centre Social Democratic Party, begins a two day congress on Friday which should elect a new leader. Former leader Jiří Paroubek stepped down after disappointing election results in May last year cast the party into the opposition. The two leading contenders are former finance minister and acting party chief, Bohuslav Sobotka, and the governor of Southern Moravia, Michal Hašek. Political analyst Jiří Pehe spoke with Jan Richter about the meeting in Brno and the biggest impact of the leadership election.