Czech Republic

Czech PM Petr Necas quits amid corruption scandal

Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas announced his resignation. Photo: Reuters

Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas said on Sunday that he would step down amid a massive corruption scandal in which his top aide – and alleged lover – was indicted for bribery.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Envoy reminds Americans that Chechen is not Czech

The ethnic Chechen brothers. Photo: AP

Chechen is not the same as Czech. The Czech Republic is different from Chechnya. That's the simple message that the Czech government wants Americans to know in the aftermath of the bombings in the Boston Marathon, allegedly by two brothers of Chechen origin.

22 Apr 2013 - 5:46am 1 comment

Websites in Czech Republic hit by series of cyber attacks

The Czech Republic has been hit by an unprecedented wave of cyber attacks this week, with investigators stumped over their origin amid concerns they could lead to worse mayhem.

9 Mar 2013 - 3:26am

Left-wing economist Milos Zeman wins Czech presidential election

Milos Zeman

A tough, outspoken chain smoker who loves a glass of wine, Europe-friendly veteran left-winger Milos Zeman replaces ardent eurosceptic Vaclav Klaus as president of the Czech Republic.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:02am

Leftist Zeman wins Czech presidency, trumps aristocrat

Leftist presidential candidate Milos Zeman, center, comes to his election team headquarters in Prague. Photo: AP

The burly, silver-haired Zeman garnered 54.82-per cent support with virtually all votes counted, against 45.17 per cent for Schwarzenberg, having also won the January 11-12 first round in a field of nine rivals.

26 Jan 2013 - 11:55pm

Punk prince and left-wing veteran vie for presidency

Badge depicting Schwarzenberg as a punk. Photo: AFP

The two-day second round will end a decade under Eurosceptic Vaclav Klaus, but few dared to predict who would succeed him, with veteran leftist Milos Zeman and Karel Schwarzenberg, the blue-blooded foreign minister, locked in a tight race.

26 Jan 2013 - 4:16am

Talking points

Rafael Hui Si-yan

Tenders open for year's first land sale

25 Jan 2013 - 2:35am

Talking points

Czechs vote in presidential poll

Novelty licence plates go under the hammer

12 Jan 2013 - 2:49am

Czech bootleggers find themselves in Kafkesque trial

A Makro employee closes the liquor secton of hypermarket in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Photo: EPA

Slovakia banned the import and sale of Czech spirits on Tuesday after 22 people died in its European neighbour from drinking bootleg vodka and rum containing methanol.

19 Sep 2012 - 3:18pm

Glassmaking reputation dates to medieval times

The Czech Republic has many famous exports, muses Consul-General in Hong Kong, Jaroslav Kanturek.

'Besides famed writer Milan Kundera and tennis player Martina Navratilova, we also have a few traditional Czech brands that have gained international fame such as Budweiser beer and Skoda Auto.'

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Fairy-tale fantasy

The mere mention of the Czech Republic, and in particular the capital city of Prague, conjures up an image of a country steeped in history, rich in culture and full of romance and magic.

Located in the middle of Europe, the Czech Republic has become a highly popular tourist destination. About 10,000 Hongkongers visit the country every year and the number is growing.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

HK suffer defeat to Czechs

Winger Salom Yiu Kam-shing (pictured) scored on his debut but there was not much joy for Hong Kong, who slipped to their second successive defeat on their tour of Europe, losing 17-5 to the Czech Republic. 'It was a very hard and physical game, and it is disappointing we couldn't get our first win on the tour,' head coach Dai Rees said.

18 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Number crunchers like Jockey Club odds

If you were pushing through the turnstiles at Happy Valley one race evening, and a stranger whispered in your ear 'Doxy's Daughter to beat Likely Lad by a nose in the 8:45', you probably wouldn't pay too much attention.

3 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

e-pal: czech republic

Connecting with teens around the world

Name Petrasek Ja

Age 17

City/country Pilsen

Star sign Cancer

My country is colder than Hong Kong. In winter, the temperature is usually 7 degrees Celsius, but it can go down to -5 degrees. The summer can be anything from 18 degrees to 35 degrees.

4 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

e-pal: czech republic

Connecting with teens around the world

Name Petrasek Ja

Age 17

City Pilsen

Star sign Cancer

My country is colder than Hong Kong. Winter is usually 7 degrees Celsius down to -5 degrees. The summer can be anything from 18 degrees to 35 degrees.

6 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

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