Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Radio Prague Today 5.11.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

John departure renews pressure on already strained government

Only a month after the Czech government balanced on the edge of collapse, the coalition led by Prime Minister Petr Nečas was hit by another bombshell: the announcement on Wednesday by the deputy prime minister and only recently-named anti-corruption tsar Radek John that he was leaving the cabinet. Angered by the prime minister's interference in personnel choices at his office, the Public Affairs party head made clear he had had enough. His resignation could now easily renew the crisis of just a few weeks ago.

In its fourth year, Czech Beer Festival bigger than ever

For the fourth time this year, the Prague Beer Festival kicks off in the Czech capital. Starting Thursday, the city's residents will be able to enjoy a tasting journey of their country's beer variety without having to leave the capital. This year's festival, which will last 17 days, is shaping up to be bigger than ever, with more than 70 Czech beers on offer and nearly 200,000 visitors expected to attend. Jan Hübner, the main organizer behind the Czech Beer Festival, explains what exactly thirsty beer fans can look forward to.

The Prague Beer Museum – a pub with a mission

In recent years, beers from smaller breweries have grown in popularity in the Czech Republic – a trend that is finally being reflected in Prague's pubs, where for a long time, the big brands enjoyed a virtual monopoly. Fortunately, it is becoming easier to find microbrews on offer in the capital. One pub that pours beers from all over the Czech Republic and is a bit of a living museum is the aptly named Prague Beer Museum, located right in the center of Prague.