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The Catholic Church in Czech Republic

The Catholic Church in Czech Republic counts a community of 3,5 millions baptised people (about 3,35 belonging to the Roman rite and 177,700 to the Byzantine rite). In general, Catholicism is the most spread in rural areas, especially in Moravia. Czech Republic is divided...

A country awaiting stability

Concern over the Czech Republic political class and chance to pursue the dream of the Velvet Revolution while the economy is slowly climbing along the path of recovery Scandals, spying, stolen photographs, eggs and stones at the centre of the debate between the parties....

Radio Free Europe’s new Premises in Prague

A five-floor fortress, surrounded by a very tall double fence, with reinforced gates, fitted with a sophisticated alarm system. This is Radio Free Europe’s new premises in Prague, in the Hagibor suburban neighbourhood, officially inaugurated last May. The relocation from the centre of Prague...

Whom does St Vitus Cathedral belong to?

The dispute between State and Church over the property of the Cathedral goes on. The claims are rooted in history. The Constitutional Court is now to rule. Like Robert Stevenson said, “mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral”. The...

In the Death of a real Socialist

Last May Professor Venek Silhan died. He was also a politician, an economist, an academician, one of the protagonist of the Prague Spring and, after that, of the disapproval against the normalisation imposed by the regime. Among the principal creators, in the second half...

The new book by Klaus, between provocation and his quest for truth

The president of the Czech Republic, Vaklav Klaus, is once more at the centre of a heated debate. The opportunity, this time, was afforded by his latest book “Blue planet, not green”, which has now also been published in Italian and presented by Klaus...

Milan Rastislav Štefánik, father of Czechoslovakian independence

On 4th May iin Bratislava, 90 years after the death of Milan Rastislav Štefánik (1880 – 1919), a monument was officially presented in honour to one of the most significant political and military protagonists of Czechoslovakian independence of 1918. The imposing sculpture, which is...

Are the Czechs Eurosceptic? No, it’s only appearance

Luigi Offeddu, correspondent in Brussels for the “Corriere della Sera”, expresses his views to Progetto Republica Ceca on the semester of the Czech presidency “Let’s not be deceived by appearances: the Czech Lion has earned entry into the European savannah and, has no intention...

Fight without quarter against drug

„The so-called soft drugs destroy the brain and young people should be aware of that“ so affirms Jiri Komorous, deputy minister of the Interiors, a super policeman who’s also a champion of the fight against drug trade Mr. Komorous, you are told to be...

Europe’s future passes through Prague

The Lisbon Treaty is now expecting an important “yes” from one of its most bitter enemies, the Czech president, Vaclav Klaus. The EU Czech presidency, which is just finished, has curbed the amount of Euroskepticism among the population. Numerous European citizens, including the Czech...