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Jewish tombstones broken up for paving...

A new monument, called The Return of the Stones, has been unveiled at the Old Jewish cemetery in Prague’s district of Žižkov. It is made out of fragments of tombstones from derelict Jewish cemeteries that were cut up into cobblestones during...

In memoriam: Hana Zagorová, one of Czechia’s...

Hana Zagorová, one of the country’s most popular singers and a nine-time winner of the Golden Nightingale award died last week at the age of 75. In today’s edition of Sunday Music show we mark her long and successful career, during which she...

Symbol of freedom Lennon Wall gets fresh...

Prague’s graffiti-covered John Lennon Wall was a symbol of freedom in the final decade of communism. Now it has been repainted by artists from all around Europe in a project that is part of the Czech presidency of the EU. Over two dozen artists...

Pakistan Floods Appeal 2022

Devastating floods have hit Pakistan, submerging 1/3rd of the country underwater that’s roughly the land mass of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called this a “climate catastrophe“...

Archaeologists in Prague uncover ancient...

Archaeologists in Prague are currently uncovering a monumental building from the Stone Age. The so-called roundel, built around 7,000 years ago, is located in the district of Vinoř on the outskirts of the city. Experts are hoping that the...

Prague Fringe – 21 years of English...

From Monday 26th September to Saturday 1st October, audiences can enjoy six days of international, multi award-winning, theatre in English, presented by 28 theatre companies from all over the world. 

Czechs building Neolithic boat replica to...

A team of experts from the Centre of Experimental Archaeology in North Bohemia is constructing a copy of a real Neolithic boat. The vessel will then be used to test out a hypothetical sea trading route from that era between Greece and modern...

Works by Velčovský and Anadol to be...

Prague’s Signal festival of light art will celebrate 10 years of existence from October 13 to 16, again drawing tens of thousands of people to the city’s streets. Among the highlights this year will be a work referencing Ukraine by top Czech...

Putin’s War, Extended

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES[1]) from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. Dr J Scott Younger is a President Commissioner at Glendale...

Czech Food Classics: Pork crackling spread

Pork crackling spread, or škvarková pomazánka, is a side dish you are sure to find in nearly every Czech pub. The spread, made of ground pork cracklings, lard and finely chopped onion, is usually served on a slice of bread. While not exactly a...

The Jewish Czechoslovak athlete who insisted...

Jewish athlete Kurt Epstein played on the Czechoslovak water polo team and represented the country at two Olympic Games, including the 1936 “Nazi Olympics” in Berlin. Epstein is the subject of a new exhibition set to open at the Terezín Ghetto...

New streets in Prague to honour famous...

Several streets in Prague’s new district of Smíchov City, which is currently under construction, are to be named after women who contributed to freedom, democracy and the fight against totalitarianism. The main pedestrian boulevard that will...

5 Business Hacks Every Entrepreneur Should...

Every good entrepreneur has a few tricks up his or her sleeves. There are far too many challenges that come when running a business and that is why it is important to implement reliable methods that you can always leverage no matter the...

Colourful fountain unveiled in Žďár nad...

Two works of art have just been unveiled as part of the event Tribute to the Baroque Period (Pocta baroku), marking 300 years of the consecration of the pilgrimage church of St. John of Nepomuk on the mountain Zelená hora by Žďár nad Sázavou in...

The House delegation supported the award...

The delegation, led by the Speaker of the Chamber Markéta Pekarová Adamová, took part in the Czech National Day at the EXPO 2020 World Exhibition in Dubai. The program also included a meeting with the chairman of the UAE legislature...

British Chamber of Commerce patrons’...

On Wednesday, 11th May 2022, the British Chamber of Commerce organized a patrons’ breakfast - a unique gathering, and an opportunity to meet some of the top managers from the BCC patrons’ family, as well as the BCC Board of Directors.

Beware of cheap imitations

Being raised in a Czech family, I inevitably came across many “Italian” dishes, Spaghetti alla carbonara with cream being a good representative of their style.

Známí Neznámí – Known Unknown

The premiere of the Slovak-Czech co-production feature film by director Zuzana Marianková and producer Wanda Adamík Hrycová took place at Cinema City, Slovanský dům, a few weeks ago.

All you need is love and butter

If you walk along Korunní street, close to Perunova tram station in Prague Vinohrady, and see a long queue of people, sometimes reaching as far as the corner of the next street, you don ́t have to wonder what is going on anymore.

Survey: More than three-quarters of Czech...

Close to 77 percent of schoolchildren in Czechia take their lunch in school eateries, according to the results of a survey conducted by Scolarest, a school food focused company that belongs to global catering conglomerate Compass Group...

Czech Food Classics: Marinated Hermelín

It is hard to dispute the fact that traditional Czech cuisine is very carnivorous. With the exception of desserts, most Czech food classics are meaty, filling dishes, such as vepřoknedlozelo (dumplings with sauerkraut and pork), svíčková...

Fiala: Czechia should focus on food security...

Due to the interconnected nature of the contemporary world, it is not realistic for Czechia to pursue food self-sufficiency, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said in his Thursday speech at the opening of the countries annual agricultural fair Země...

Government passes energy savings tariff

On Wednesday, the Czech government passed the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s proposal for the subsidies that households are set to receive to compensate their energy costs this year. The “savings tariff”, as the subsidy is commonly referred...

Czechia and Ukraine preparing education...

Czechia and Ukraine are preparing an agreement on joint cooperation in the realm of education which should be signed this autumn, Czechia’s Education Minister Vladimír Balaš said on Thursday during his visit to Ukraine. The agreement should...

Integrating Persons with Disabilities in the...

Being inclusive in your workplace goes beyond hiring people with disabilities—it includes their total integration so they can show their 100% potential and strengths. No matter if visible or invisible their disability, integration in the...

Czech Food Classics: Tatarák

Tatarský biftek or tatarák, is the Czech version of steak tartare, a dish made of fresh, minced raw beef seasoned with salt, pepper and other ingredients. Although tatarák is not strictly a Czech meal, it enjoys huge popularity in Czechia and...

Plans in place to make Prague industrial...

A site in Prague that was previously home to a major truck factory should become a whole new district in the coming decades. The site in the north-east of the city will be named after the Avia brand associated with it, Czech Television reported...

Forest Kingdom reservoir

Les Královstí or Forest Kingdom reservoir was built on the Elbe River in 1920, taking its name from an old border forest that runs along its left bank. Due to its unique architectural design, it has become a popular tourist destination. The...

2002: The year of the most destructive...

Prague was the most badly affected of all the Czech cities hit by the large-scale natural disaster. Several neighbourhoods were flooded and metro stations, monuments and a part of the zoo all ended up underwater. It rained for days and the...

German ambassador in favour of keeping...

The Czech Ministry of Education has recently sparked a debate with a proposal to make the learning of a second language in Czech primary schools voluntary rather than compulsory as it is at present. While many teachers have welcomed the idea, a...

World’s deepest freshwater cave in Moravia...

The world’s deepest freshwater cave, the Hranice Abyss in Moravia, is even deeper than previously thought. A team of researchers have recently carried out a new survey of the deep limestone cave, using a special underwater robot, reaching a...

Frýdlant Castle

The medieval castle, extended in the 16th century to become a Renaissance chateau, is situated on a basalt rock above the River Smědá. It is one of the largest architectural compounds in Czechia.

2022 Serbia: Strengthening of foreign policy...

The International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES)[1] from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyzes developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. IFIMES made an analysis of the current situation in...

5 Business Running Tips for Digital Nomad

If there is one thing that is good about the COVID19 pandemic then that is the fact that people have recognized the value of working remotely. Modern technology has been massively helpful in this regard, and it has allowed many people to...

English-language A Midsummer Night’s...

Prague Shakespeare Company is honored to partner once again with the Summer Shakespeare Festival and Michal Rychly, Libor Gross and Pavla Sližová to present a seventh year of an English-language Shakespeare production and the return of last...

“Nike socks in Adidas shoes”: Artist...

The leading Czech artist Kateřina Šedá has recently launched an online database where anyone can submit bad habits. The symbol of the National Collection of Bad Habits is a two-tailed Czech lion holding a mobile phone in its paw. As of this...

UK Operation Anthropoid documents on display...

For the first time, two unique documents about the events surrounding the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in May 1942 can be seen at the National Museum in Prague. They have been on display since Thursday as part of the special exhibition...

Africa Day Cultural Diplomatic Reception

Some moments, speeches, sounds, images, and interactions captured by Humanitas Afrika at the Africa Day Cultural Diplomatic Reception held on 18 May, at the beautiful premises of the Czech Foreign Ministry in Prague.

Contemporary Saudi-Egyptian Relations:...

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES[1]) from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. Dr Mohamad Zreik, PhD of International Relations prepared...

Images from space reveal hot spots in Prague

The European Space Agency has released images capturing the recent temperature extremes in a number of European cities, including Prague. The photos, taken from the International Space Station, has revealed heat islands in the densely populated...

Rezolv launches to build a new era of...

Independent clean energy power producer built on 15 years of experience in the Czech Republic and the broader region Backed by €500m from Actis, a leading global investor in sustainable infrastructure Based in Prague, Rezolv will hire Czech...

A Czech Heaven in Bali

Looking for innovative opportunities in the world came at the right time for three investors from the Czech Republic, who chose the Indonesia Island of Bali as their investment destination.

The Julius Prague officially opened in...

The Julius Prague, the first travel and tourism project from the storied House of Julius Meinl group, was officially inaugurated today in a ribbon cutting event attended by co-founder Julius Meinl VI, and Mr. Zdenek Kovarik, Julius Meinl...

The Czech Spotted Dog

The origins of the Český strakatý pes, known as the Czech Spotted Dog or sometimes the Bohemian Spotted Dog in English, are rather sad from today’s perspective.

2022 Open Balkan: The future belongs to the...

The International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES)[1] from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyzes developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. On the occasion of the recently held summit of leaders of...

Prague’s underground tunnels being mapped by...

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Prague’s Czech Technical University recently acquired two new assistants – agile dog-like machines with robotic arms that can navigate terrain and capture data – and is using them to create a digital 3D...

5 Fitness Tips When Working 9-5

Physical activity is vital for your well-being. That is especially true for people spending hours behind their desks and leading a sedentary lifestyle. Regular stretches, cardio, and aerobics exercises will prevent bad posture, which can...

Czech glass artists produce designer wine...

Numerous events have been taking place in the Czech Republic and Brussels to mark the start of the Czech EU presidency. One of them is an exhibition of designer wine glasses celebrating the 27-member states, which is now on display at the...

Julia Sherwood on discovering Czech comics...

Julia Sherwood, an award-winning translator and literary organiser, was born in Bratislava, but spent most of her life in the UK, where she settled after emigrating from Czechoslovakia in 1978. Today, she lives in London with her husband...

Digitized works of Alfons Mucha on view at...

A new multimedia exhibition has opened up this week at the Riding School of Prague Castle. Covering over 2,000 square metres of space, Alphonse Mucha eMotion combines digitised and 3D animated versions of Czech Art Nuveau master Alfons Mucha’s...

Who is a primary winner in the emerging food...

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES[1]) from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East, Balkans and around the world. Dr. Masahiro Matsumura, Professor of International Politics and...

5 Benefits of Taking a Leadership Course as...

In today’s modern business age, you’re constantly surrounded by challenges that can appear at any time, and in order to effectively respond to them, you need to have strong leadership skills. If you’re having any problems with responding to...

Bohemian Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon

The Český Fousek or Bohemian Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon was originally bred in the Czech Republic as a hunting dog. It is wirehaired and has the appearance of having a beard and mustache. A versatile pointer, Český Fousek has the qualities...

Diaries of a Lidice woman discovered

Previously unknown diaries written by a Lidice woman have been recently discovered by her relatives. Emílie Rohlová, one of the survivors of the Lidice massacre of 1942, started writing them after the war, when she returned from a concentration...

Dogs are OUR BEST FRIENDS Let’s take care of...

The following article was born out of wanting to help other dog owners whose dogs struggle with stomach issues. I am the proud owner of two Labradors – Zorro (14.5) and Choko (11). We have visited our vet Dr. Alexa many times due to their...

Eighty years after Nazi massacre the global...

Exactly eight decades ago, on June 10, 1942, the Central Bohemian village of Lidice was annihilated by Nazi forces in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich. About 340 men, women and children were murdered, the village flattened...

Czech Republic’s priorities during its EU...

During its presidency, the Czech Republic will focus on five closely linked priority areas: Managing the refugee crisis and Ukraine’s post-war recovery Energy security Strengthening Europe’s defence capabilities and cyberspace security...

Original Czech dog breeds: The Bohemian...

The Bohemian Shepherd Dog, along with the Prague Ratter, is one of the oldest Czech dog breeds. It was originally used as a guard dog and a herding dog. Today it is mainly kept as a family pet, due to its friendly and gentle nature. Ruth...

“It looked like a bell cemetery”: New bell...

A 9801 kg bell was cast in Austria on Friday to commemorate the 9,801 church and tower bells stolen from Czech territory and melted down for munitions during the Nazi occupation of WWII. The cost is being covered by a fundraising collection...

Eurocities Awards 2022

Donostia-San Sebastian, Munich and Grenoble Alpes Metropole have scooped the top prizes at the Eurocities Awards 2022. Each demonstrated outstanding commitment to this year’s theme, ‘an era of new beginnings,’ which focussed on the way cities...

VRGINEERS DONATES A VIRTUAL REALITY PILOT...

Vrgineers donates one of their Portable Trainer, a reconfigurable virtual pilot trainer, to the Ukraine Airforce to help with securing their airspace and train tactics with mission rehearsal. Based on the results from experimental research on...

Five years on from Czech smoking ban: what...

The Czech Republic was the last EU country to bring in a comprehensive smoking ban. A ban on smoking in public places such as restaurants, bars, cafes, pubs, and bus stops came into effect in the Czech Republic on May 31 2017 – happily...

PH Ambassador to Czech Tour Operators: The...

“The Philippines is now open for foreign tourists,” said Ambassador Ombra T. Jainal as he opened the breakfast meeting on “The Philippines: It’s More Fun with You” at Prague Andaz Hotel on 25 May 2022. Speaking before a number of Czech travel...

ISRAELI CULTURE IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC...

The approaching summer is a symbol of the holidays, yet many of us stay in the cities, and a rich cultural program is prepared for them. So before you pack your suitcase and fly off to explore Jerusalem, have fun in Tel Aviv or swim in the Dead...

Jewish Tombstones Used as a Paving at...

The Jewish Community in Prague is launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a memorial monument made of tombstones that were carved up and used for the pavement of Prague’s Wenceslas Square during the communist regime. The...

Czech Centres preparing “whole culture...

The Czech Republic’s six-month presidency of the EU gets underway in exactly one month’s time. In parallel the country’s international network of Czech Centres will be running a whole host of events in the second half of 2022, with the motto...

Was the reconstruction of Prague’s famous...

The Ministry of Culture is looking into a complaint regarding the 2018 reconstruction of Prague’s famous astronomical clock. Specifically the complaint targets the copy of the original calendar on the Old Town Clock by Josef Mánes. According to...

China – a political view

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES[1]) from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. Dr J Scott Younger is a President Commissioner at Glendale...

EVENTS HAPPENING IN JUNE 2022

IN THE RHYTHM OF PASSION 8./9. 6. 2022 – 19:30 Municipal House, Smetana Hall BÉLA BARTÓK Romanian Folk Dances PABLO DE SARASATE Carmen Fantasy Op. 25, Gypsy Airs Op. 20 ZOLTÁN KODÁLY Dances of Galánta MAURICE RAVEL Bolero Pavel ŠPORCL |...

Real estate used by Russian Embassy reviewed...

Thanks to contracts signed under the communist regime, the Russian Embassy received a vast amount of real estate in Prague, Karlovy Vary and other Czech cities free of charge to be used for diplomatic purposes. With just six Russian diplomats...

Deutsche Telekom Design & Customer...

DURING MILANO DESIGN WEEK 2022, DEUTSCHE TELEKOM DESIGN & CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE WILL PRESENT THEIR CONCEPT CONNECTIVITY PROJECTS, CONCEIVED WITH STRATEGIC DESIGN AGENCY LAYER, AND AUGMENTED REALITY PACKAGING CONCEPTS AND MAGENTAZUHAUSE SMART...

The Přemyslid dynasty and the forming of the...

The Czech state began to form around the 9th century AD. This process was crucially influenced by the Přemyslids, Bohemia’s ruling dynasty which had control over Czech territory for more than 400 years. But what do we actually know about this...

National Day of Georgia

I have the honor to represent Georgia in the Czech Republic - one of the strongest allies of my country. Georgia and the Czech Republic enjoy special relations. The Czech Republic’s steadfast support of Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic...

Diplomacy in Focus: Selected Articles 1990 –...

LJUBLJANA, 17 May 2022 – International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES[1]), Ljubljana, is pleased to announce that the book “Diplomacy in Focus: Selected Articles 1990 – 2021” has been published. The respected author Dr...

ARABFEST 

ARABFEST will take place from 18 to 28 May in Pilsen and from 8 to 12 June in Prague, offering films, theatre, educational lectures and tastings of Arabic cuisine.

Czech-African Health Forum

Jan Lipavský, Minister of Foreign Affairs together with Vlastimil Válek, Minister of Health, opened the Czech-African Health Forum, which is attended by African representatives, including Ministers of Health. The Forum will help strengthening...

Halíček heads KPMG in Central and Eastern...

Radek Halíček, managing partner of KPMG Czech Republic, has been elected the new chairman and managing partner of KPMG’s Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) network. He will be responsible for KPMG offices in 15 countries. His goal will be...

Czech cities stripping Soviet-era “heroes”...

Prague councillors have voted in favour of stripping the late Soviet military commander Ivan Konev, who led the Red Army’s liberation of Prague, of his honorary citizenship. Among the reasons for the move is his repressive role within the...

Important distinctions for Greece «Greece...

Greece received another important distinction for the video of GNTO’s winter advertising campaign “Greece Does Have a Winter”. It was honored with the Silver Award at the 4th International Tourism Film Festival Africa, in the...

Czech EU presidency to open with composition...

The Czech Republic is due to take up the rotating presidency of the European Council in July of this year. Alongside preparations for the daunting tasks ahead at a difficult time for Europe and the world at large, there are plans for a series...

Fitch move sparks fears of painful cut in...

Top international credit rating agency Fitch has downgraded its outlook for the Czech economy from stable to negative. This has sparked fears it could also cut the Czech Republic’s credit rating – only adding to its mounting economic woes. I...

Czech Republic to champion media freedom as...

The UN General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly for the Czech Republic to replace Russia on the Human Rights Council, the United Nations’ leading human rights body. The Czech Republic’s term starts immediately with the council due to meet for...

ISRAEL ON THE RIVER

Discover Israel through its culture, food and fun. Experience Israel on the Vltava River! The first Israel on the river will take place on May 14 and 15 at the Strelecky island. Enjoy authentic Israeli cuisine or hire a blanket and picnic by...

Shop with classic Czech designs opens in...

Bohéma is the name of a new Prague shop selling T-shirts and other items featuring classic Czech images, from Sokol gymnasts to writer Karel Čapek. The company, previously online only, has opened the outlet in a building associated with major...

Should second foreign language be voluntary...

As part of a number of educational reforms, the government has proposed making the learning of a second foreign language in Czech primary schools voluntary for students rather than compulsory as it is at present, sparking criticism, controversy...

Saint Walpurgis Night celebrated with...

The night of April 30th, halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, is associated with warding off evil spirits. In the Czech Republic, the occasion is traditionally observed by lighting a bonfire on a hill and burning an...

The role of international law in the Russian...

The Russian invasion of Ukraine poses some challenges for students of International Law and Diplomacy in terms of what they have were taught and what they have come to expect of the discipline. Since World War II, there has been no major wars...

Business daily: Long Shanghai lockdown could...

The leading Czech carmaker Skoda Auto has been plagued by production problems in recent years. First because of closures during the Covid pandemic, then due to a lack of components because of the war in Ukraine and most recently because of the...

Czech Radio’s fundraising project to pay for...

Czech Radio has launched a new fundraising project which aims to provide musical instruments to children of Ukrainian refugees but also to Czech children whose parents don’t have the means to buy them. The project, called If a Thousand...

Czech Republic has Neolithic structures...

Almost everyone has heard of the Great Egyptian Pyramids of Giza, the oldest-known of which was built around 2600 BC; most people in the West have heard of England’s Stonehenge, believed to have been constructed somewhere between 3000 BC to...

Žďák Bridge – the largest single-arch...

The Žďák Bridge, which spans the banks of the Vltava River, was completed in 1967. At the time it was the largest single-arch steel bridge in the world. The Žďák Bridge spans the banks of the Vltava near Staré Sedlo on the left bank and...

Radio Prague International is celebrating...

Radio Prague International celebrated its 85th birthday on Thursday! We would like to thank all our listeners, readers and folowers for staying with us. As a little present, here is a tour of where we work – the Czech Radio Building on...