Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Radio Prague Today 2.5.2013

Articles posted today

What did presidential vote reveal about Czech society?

The first Czech direct presidential election has divided the nation like never before. In the heated campaign ahead of the election's second round, leftist Miloš Zeman presented himself as a defender of the underprivileged, exploiting his opponent's alleged lack of "Czechness" in the process while those who backed the aristocrat foreign minister, Karel Schwarzenberg, believed his victory would move the country away from post-communism. So how important was the social vote? What role did nationalism play in the election? And what impact will it have on Czech politics? Those are some of the issues I discussed with my guests, sociologists Ivan Gabal and Tereza Stöckelová.

Prague endorses Turkey's EU candidacy

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a one-day working visit to Prague on Monday for talks dominated by business and his country's drive to revitalize accession talks with the EU. The Czech Republic, which has nurtured ties with one of the world's fastest growing economies, fully endorsed Ankara's ambition.

National Museum's archaeological expedition uncovers more of Ancient Nubia's secrets

Last December a group of archaeologists from the National Museum returned from an excavation expedition in the Sudanese locality of Wad Ben Naga. They have been working there since 2009 and are helping their Sudanese colleagues fulfil the requirements to enable the whole area to be registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.