Monuments to the Soviet Red Army, which were part of the townscape for many years, now find themselves at the centre of a fierce, protracted debate which appears to be gathering momentum. The Prague 6 district authorities recently decided to remove a statue of the controversial Soviet Marshal Ivan Koněv, from their premises, but an important thoroughfare in another part of Prague still bears his name.
Funeral culture in the Czech Republic is one of the worst in the world, according to many of those who work in the industry, with up to 70 percent of Czech funerals being held without any ceremony. However, one initiative has been trying to bring variety into the Czech funeral and cemetery culture by introducing the alternative of natural burials.
Mirka van Gils Slavíková is a Czech-born confectioner, holder of the prestigious French diploma Master of Confectionery Arts. She launched her successful career in 1980’s Communist Czechoslovakia, but the country soon became too small for her dreams. She first moved to South Africa and later to the United States, where she ran a popular pastry store. Today, Mirka van Gils Slavíková lives in Holland, and besides baking, she also appears on various TV programmes, writes books and teaches. She is currently one of the judges on the Czech edition of
This Tuesday is “Safer Internet Day”, part of an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project launched in 2004 to raise awareness of threats posed to children online. In the Czech Republic, police have noted a significant rise in cybercrime in recent years, with children increasingly falling victim to bullying and online predators.
The leading Czech philosopher Erazim Kohák passed away at the weekend at the age of 86. Professor Kohák’s family had to flee the Communists in 1948 and he could only return to his native country after 1989. Among those paying tribute to him have been Culture Minister Lubomír Zaorálek, who says his death will leave a gap in Czech public life.
One of the most frequent woes of foreign tourists in the Czech Republic is being ripped off when changing money. The Czech National Bank has just revoked the licences of three currency exchange offices in central Prague for violating their obligations under a 2019 amendment to the Foreign Exchange Act. So how much has the situation actually improved since the new regulations protecting clients went into force? A question for journalist Janek Rubeš who exposes Prague scams in his Honest Guide videos.
The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus a global emergency and cases of the infection, which originated in China, have been discovered in a number of European states. What are the chances of the coronavirus appearing in the Czech Republic? And what should other countries be doing to help the Chinese? I discussed those questions and more with Dr. Srdan Matic, head of the WHO’s office in the Czech Republic.