Prague will be host to a most unusual trade fair this week. "Esoterika 2005", which opens April 1 at the Holesovice fair grounds, will feature masters of Feng shui, courses on the "Blue Alpha" method of meditation, lectures on "landscape energy", the history of herbal healing, and a wide range of other lesser-known disciplines, from harnessing reincarnation imagery to colour therapy.
Vodafone confirms interest in Oskar Mobil; PPF drops out of Cesky Telecom bid; FDI nearly double in 2004, including reinvested profits; One in four Czechs admits to having paid a bribe; Skoda Auto to double investment in India; 100 Czech electronic goods stores per year closing; Czech crown sets all-time high of 21.93 against the US dollar; Record number of Czechs expected to take foreign holidays in 2005
France Telecom joins Blackstone/CVC/Providence consortium bidding for Cesky Telecom; Number of foreigners seeking work in the Czech Republic up 250 pct since 1995; Czech Airlines' profits up threefold year-on-year in 2004; Dentists may demand up-front cash payments 50-300 percent above current imbursement rate; Adidas behind COI sweep of Kaufland stores
An invention of the twenty-first century: the three minute date. No time to feel nervous and more than enough time if you don't fancy each other! A wild boar stops the Eurocity train. And, a secret adrenalin skiing race takes place in the Krkonose Mountains every spring. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
The Czech branch of Greenpeace has just launched a controversial TV spot in which the Czech Republic is shown as a wasteland with contaminated rivers, soil and air, dead fish and heaps of rubbish. The country's national anthem, which speaks of lush meadows and bubbling streams, serves as a backdrop to this scene of devastation. The opening lyrics of the anthem - Where is my home - bring home the message that if Czechs don't wake up soon they may not have a home.
There was good news for the Czech economy on Friday, when figures were released showing that 2004 saw the lowest foreign trade deficit since 1993. Both imports and exports increased last year after the Czech Republic joined the European Union, with exports rising particularly sharply. The industry and trade minister, Milan Urban, said in terms of euros per capita, the Czech Republic's foreign trade results exceeded those of countries like Spain and Greece, and were on the same level as the United Kingdom.
The Czech branch of the garden tools company Mountfield has decided to withdraw a TV commercial featuring a miserly orthodox Jew after Israel's ambassador to the Czech Republic complained it promoted anti-Semitism. The commercial for a sale at Mountfield's stores featured an orthodox Jew happily rubbing his hands together at the announcement of price reductions. The company defended itself saying the commercial promoting their radical price reductions featured a prudent shopper. The commercial will be taken off the air from February 7. The advertisement had been screened on all four of the country's terrestrial television channels since January.
Former Finance Minister off to prison; Minimum Social benefits to be cut in 2006; Prague richest 'region' in 'new Europe'; World Bank predicts less inflationary pressure for 2005; Beer union asks AgMin to axe Budvar ad campaign; TCPA to begin production at Kolin this month; Germany's Aral to quit check market
CNB board takes surprise action to cut interest rates; State to pay nearly 2bn crowns to Akro over 'tunnelled' CS fondy; Microsoft: Czech version of Windows to have validation process this year; Czechs seeking jobs abroad mostly interested in Britain and Ireland; Cabinet approves strategy to increase exports to China
Language exams for foreigners seeking permanent residency permit to become tougher
Czech teenager builds second-largest ever Millennium Falcon LEGO model
Gunman kills six patients in Ostrava hospital, two more fighting for their lives
HN: Developers aiming to sell co-living concept in Prague
Press: Era of 100-crown lunch special is over, as food prices rocket