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Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day


The 2nd of August marks the Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day. During the night of 2nd to 3rd of August 1944, the Roma camp or “Gypsy camp” as they called them at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp was liquidated and the last group of nearly 3000 Roma inmates there were sent to the gas chambers. There will […]

Czech Republic Occupies 18th Place in Environmental Study EPI


According to the study Environmental performance index (EPI) conducted by Yale and Columbia University, the Czech Republic  occupies 18th place in the world ranking of environmental indicators. Top of the research of 132 countries was Switzerland. EPI is a quantitative study that follows national results relating to the environment, using the best available data. Research is […]

Most Wanted Nazi Arrested and Charged in Hungary


Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary, aged 97, the World’s most wanted Nazi war criminal has been arrested and charged this morning in Hungary with war crimes. He is accused of having played a part in sending 15,700 Jews to their deaths at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland while serving as a police officer in Kosice (Kassa) during […]

Czechs Look Set To Take Slovak Gas Utility


Speculations surrounding who will gain control over gas utility SPP as the French and German investors contemplate their withdrawal are now starting to take shape, with the energy holding of financial group J&T and two Czech billionaires most likely to become the new owner. While in Berlin this week, PM Robert Fico even discussed the […]

BBC Grants CE Licences for Over 500 Hours of Drama


Foreigners living in Central & Eastern Europe are in for a treat after BBC Worldwide granted licences to 17 broadcasters all over the region to screen over 530 hours of popular TV dramas. In Slovakia the licence was granted to public broadcaster RTVS, while in the Czech Republic the programmes will be shown by TV […]

Colours of Ostrava 2012: No Björk, But Still Hot Lineup

Last year's even, photo by J Kaczor

For several years now, Colours of Ostrava has been a leader amongst Czech music festivals. Volume 2012 (taking place 15-17 July) in brand new ambitious area of old industrial character near Ostrava is just another proof of vintage choice of it’s dramaturgists. Although the biggest star Björk won’t appear due to health issues, the program […]

EuroVelo 4,000 km Cycling Marathon for Road Safety


This week sees the start of the European Velo Marathon, a 4000 km bike tour departing from Bulgaria on 2 June and arriving in London on 25 July, just two days before the Olympic Games start. The cyclists will be carrying an alternative Olympic torch to hand over to the Mayor of London as a symbol of athletic stamina and […]

Czechs are a Well Heeled Race

Under starters orders. Photo by Ken White

On Wednesday 23rd May the 5th anual running in heels competition took place in Freedom Square, Brno. Several heats were ran around a 100 m track in the square to the delight of the large crowd which had gathered for the event.    There were one or two fallers during the race but non seemed serious. […]

The Prostitutes’ new album ‘Deaf to the call’ out now

The Prostitutes

A band created as a joke, the Protitutes, but with only two albums has managed to carve out an important space in the Czech music scene. In three years by the excellent Hometown Zombies, the band of Prague is back with a new album, Deaf to the call. We pick the occasion to have a […]

Czech Survives Avalanche in Low Tatras, Slovakia

It is that time of the year when people take to the mountains while underestimating the dangers, as one 41-year old Czech tourist found out yesterday after he was buried in an avalanche in Slovakia. Illustrative photo According to news portal, the mountain rescue service says the man probably set off the avalanche, which […]

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