Monday, January 28, 2013

Radio Prague Today 1.28.2013

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Sports News 28.1.2013

In Sports News: Czech figure skater Michal Březina clinches bronze at the European Figure Skating Championships in Zagreb; speed skater Karolína Erbanová improved her own Czech record at the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Salt Lake City; in tennis Radek Štepánek will miss the opening round of the Davis Cup; Prague football club Slavia celebrates 120th anniversary.

Jiří Pehe: divisions in Czech society will take years to heal

Miloš Zeman's victory in the country's first direct presidential election has highlighted some deep divisions in Czech society. A large part of the future president's support came from voters in rural areas and small towns, while his rival, Karel Schwarzenberg, won the backing of city-dwellers, higher income groups, and young people. In this special edition of One on One, my guest Jiří Pehe discusses these divisions, Miloš Zeman's appeal to Czech voters – and the main factors behind his triumph.

President-elect Zeman wastes no time in wading into party politics

Within hours of becoming the first directly elected head of state of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman made it clear that he has no intention of being a docile occupant of Prague Castle. Indeed, Mr. Zeman immediately questioned the legitimacy of the coalition government – and called for early parliamentary elections. Meanwhile, elements within his former party are also bracing themselves for trouble from the president-elect.