PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman is being criticized for refusing to grant a university professorship — the nation's top academic title — to a critic of his, allegedly because the man is also a gay rights activist.
PRAGUE (AP) — The United States says it has completed a transfer of 75 kilograms (165 pounds) of salt coolant material to the Czech Republic as part of cooperation between the two countries in developing new nuclear reactors.
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Unit sales at Skoda Auto fell by 4.6 percent in April due to a switch to a new Octavia model and continued weak demand in some European markets, the car maker said on Thursday. Skoda, the Czech Republic's largest exporter and a unit of Germany's Volkswagen , is seen as a gauge of the export-reliant economy's performance. The car producer sold 77,600 units in the month of April. In the January-April period it sold 298,000 cars, down by 8 percent year on year, it said. ...
PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech economy shrank by a surprising 0.8 percent in the first quarter as recession in the euro zone severely hit some export-oriented industries, mainly the car sector. The drop far exceeded market expectations of a mere 0.1 percent quarterly dip, and poured cold water on hopes the economy may slowly be crawling out of its longest recession in two decades. The Czech Statistics Bureau said the year-on-year decline deepened to 1.9 percent. ...
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