Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Radio Prague Today 4.4.2012

Articles posted today

Ahold CEO Jan van Dam on soaring egg prices, expired foodstuffs and the (un)changing taste of Czech customers

Czech supermarket chains have taken a lot of criticism recently over a series of issues. They are being blamed for the soaring price of eggs, and they have found themselves under increased scrutiny from food inspectors for selling poor-quality and even expired foodstuffs. With the hike in VAT rates and plummeting consumer trust, it seems that 2012 is set to be a tough time for the big retailers. Radio Prague spoke to Jan van Dam the CEO of Ahold Czech Republic which runs one of the biggest supermarket chains in the country, and asked him whether Ahold was cashing in on the soaring price of eggs ahead of Easter.

Public Affairs put themselves and the government on the edge of collapse

The Czech government is teetering on collapse as the junior coalition party, Public Affairs, has said it will pull out unless a number of major concessions are met. Reactions to the demands from its coalition partners were no less than furious, and even if the party backs down - as it has on similar occasions – it seems that either the coalition or Public Affairs itself will soon collapse under the tension. Christian Falvey has this report:

Analyst: early elections not to advantage of any of the coalition parties

The latest flare-up between Public Affairs and the two senior parties Civic Democrats and TOP 09 appears to have taken the continued existence of the centre-right cabinet to the very brink. Are we close to early elections or did the smallest party in government, in trying to gain concessions, simply overplay its hand?