Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Radio Prague Today 3.8.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Former Czech president Václav Havel has been hospitalized with acute respiratory inflammation.

Former Czech president Václav Havel has been hospitalized with acute respiratory inflammation.

The ratification of the Czech opt-out from the Lisbon treaty should not complicate Croatia's accession into the EU, according to President Václav Klaus.

The ratification of the Czech opt-out from the Lisbon treaty should not complicate Croatia's accession into the EU, according to President Václav Klaus.

The European Parliament has passed a motion criticizing Canada's visa requirements for Czech citizens.

The European Parliament has passed a motion criticizing Canada's visa requirements for Czech citizens.

A top Czech court has ruled that killing a thief must be considered a murder rather than manslaughter.

A top Czech court has ruled that killing a thief must be considered a murder rather than manslaughter.

The unemployment rate in the Czech Republic dropped slightly in February to 9.6 percent.

The unemployment rate in the Czech Republic dropped slightly in February to 9.6 percent.

Health ministry draws up proposal allowing patients to end treatment

The Czech Ministry of Health is treading on delicate ground. It is working on a proposal that would set out the scenario where patients could determine in advance when their treatment should be discontinued. The proposal is still being worked on but could be ready to go before the government within a few months.

Kanzelsberger: small publishers & bookstores will be hard hit by VAT hike

Publishers, booksellers as well as many consumers in the Czech Republic are far from happy about the government's intention to raise the VAT on goods including books to a uniform 20 percent to help pay for its pension reform. Those in the book market fear that it will be hard hit and say that in principle books as a cultural mainstay should be exempt, and that has led to an online petition now signed by more than 80,000. But so far – despite the culture minister's own misgivings over the higher VAT on books – there has been no signal from the government that books should be left out.