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Theresa May, photo: CTK

Czech govt. official: UK must “very quickly” say how it will deal with EU residents

18-01-2017 14:42 | Ian Willoughby

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has outlined uncompromising plans for her country’s exit from the EU, including restricting workers from member states and quitting the common market. However, her speech on Tuesday has also raised a host of questions, particularly for people from other EU states currently resident in Britain. To get the Czech government perspective, I spoke to Tomáš Prouza, the state secretary for European affairs. Více

Eugene Cernan, photo: NASA

Last man on the moon Eugene Cernan remembered

17-01-2017 14:38 | Jan Velinger

US astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last person to set foot on the Moon, died on Monday at the age of 82. Cernan was the commander of the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, who brought a Czechoslovak flag with him on the 325,000 kilometre journey in honour of his family’s roots. Více

David Koubek, photo: Khalil Baalbaki

David Koubek: Czech Radio’s former man in Brazil on the World Cup, the Olympics and the country’s Czech connections

09-01-2017 15:12 | Ian Willoughby

While most of us can only dream about attending a World Cup or Olympic Games, David Koubek got to experience both as Czech Radio’s correspondent in Brazil. In his two and a half years in Rio de Janeiro, Koubek also got to travel to many other parts of South America and met all kinds of interesting people, including – he told me after his recent return to Prague – a German “Bohemian” community proud of their Czech roots. But when we spoke, I first asked the Czech Radio man how he had managed to cover the 2014 World Cup, given the sheer vastness of Brazil. Více

Lenka TeWhiu, photo: archive of Lenka TeWhiu

Czech Brisbane community tunes in to local roots

06-12-2016 12:44 | Ruth Fraňková

The Czech expatriate community in the Australian city of Brisbane only counts several hundred people, but they have always been very active in maintaining the Czech language and culture for future generations. One of the members of the local expat community is Lenka TeWhiu, who settled in Brisbane more than fifteen years ago. I caught up with her during her recent visit to Prague to talk about her life in Australia and about her work for a local radio station. But I first asked her how she herself ended up living in Australia: Více

Ivana Trump in 2007, photo: Christopherpeterson, CC BY 3.0

Czechoslovak secret police files reveal interest in Trump couple

02-12-2016 14:11 | Dominik Jůn

The Czechoslovak communist-era secret police took an active interest in the Czech born first wife of US president-elect Donald Trump back in the late 1970s and 80s, according to newly examined archive materials. The StB kept an eye on Ivana Zelníčková after she immigrated to Canada in 1971, and later during her marriage to the American real estate mogul, who was apparently already revealing his presidential ambitions. Více

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