Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Radio Prague Today 2.15.2012

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Constitutional Court defies EU with ruling on Czech-Slovak pensions

The Constitutional Court on Tuesday made a landmark ruling regarding the difference in pensions between the Czech and Slovak Republic. Cases exist where Czechs who worked in the other half of Czechoslovakia now receive the lower pension rate of the Slovak Republic. According to the new decision of the court, such citizens never worked in a foreign country and thus are entitled to compensatory payments to raise their pensions to Czech standards. Among the chaos this creates for the Social Affairs Ministry now is that fact that the ruling directly contradicts the European Court of Justice.

Czech soldier in Afghanistan decorated for bravery

A Czech soldier serving in Afghanistan's southern province Logar has been awarded the United States Armed Forces Bronze Star Medal. Staff Sgt. Michal Novotný who is squad leader of the Prostějov reconnaissance unit was decorated for helping to save the life of an American soldier.

The Cross Club – independent culture centre with a twist

In this week's Spotlight we take you to an independent culture centre decorated with an abstract array of industrial machine part artistry.