Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Radio Prague Today 3.2.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Coalition leaders have rejected extending the list of commodities exempt from the planned VAT hike.

Coalition leaders have rejected extending the list of commodities exempt from the planned VAT hike.

The ruling coalition and the major opposition party have agreed on the outlines of direct presidential election.

The ruling coalition and the major opposition party have agreed on the outlines of direct presidential election.

The Czech government has approved the addition of 33 new synthetic drugs to the list of illicit substances.

The Czech government has approved the addition of 33 new synthetic drugs to the list of illicit substances.

President Václav Klaus will head the Czech delegation to the upcoming EU summit on Libya.

President Václav Klaus will head the Czech delegation to the upcoming EU summit on Libya.

Czechs' trust in EU institutions has hit a record low, according to a new poll.

Czechs' trust in EU institutions has hit a record low, according to a new poll.

Polička – high times and hard times in the heart of the Czech Republic

It is often noted that the Czech Republic lies in the heart of Europe; what then lies at the heart of the Czech Republic? Well, there are pastures, woods and hills, a history of war and conquest, a strong musical heritage, excellent lager and a small town called Polička, where all of the above can be experienced.

Call for Czechs to reclaim lost literary heritage by buying Franz Kafka letters

Preparations are being made to recover what is being dubbed a part of the lost literary heritage of Prague and the Czech Republic. These are some of the many letters written by world renowned author Franz Kafka of which almost no examples are left in his homeland.

First part of Czech classic The Good Soldier Švejk published 90 years ago

It has been 90 years since the publication of the first part of, Jaroslav Hašek's The Good Soldier Švejk. The four-part novel (which Hašek failed to complete before his death at 40) introduced his good-natured protagonist famously reacting to the assassination of the archduke in Sarajevo in 1914. He asks his charwoman "Which Ferdinand, Mrs Muller? I know two...", oblivious to the gravity of developments. The novel has long since been recognised as a satirical masterpiece, and has been translated into more than 50 languages.