Friday, February 1, 2013

Radio Prague Today 2.1.2013

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Business News 1.2.2013

In Business News this week: The Czech Ministry of Finance cuts its growth outlook for the year to almost zero; fresh figures show 7.2 percent of Czechs were jobless in Q4 2012; passenger numbers and flights were down at Prague airport last year; spas report a halving of business in just three months; and experts say luxury flats in Prague have maintained their value.

Czech performers take part in prestigious theater festival in New York

This January, a number of theater and dance troupes from the Czech Republic participated in an annual international APAP performing arts festival in New York City. The Czech Centre in New York hosted all of the Czech performances this year, for the second year in a row, at their Bohemian Hall space in Manhattan. In this week's Arts, we spoke to the director of the Czech Centre in New York, Pavla Niklová, about organizing the performances for APAP, how some of the pieces resonated with a New York audience, and what Czech theater companies can bring to the American theatre capital. Ms Niklová first described what the APAP festival entails.

New bill to introduce dual citizenship

The new bill on citizenship passed the first reading in the lower house of parliament. If passed into law, it will introduce stricter testing for foreigners applying for Czech citizenship and allow the state to look into the sources of applicants' assets. But there are also some changes that applicants are likely to welcome. Magda Faltová, the director of the Prague-based Association for Integration and Migration, highlighted the main pros and cons of the proposed law.