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The Culture Beyond the Wall

The first time I met Václav Havel we talked about the Charta 77 group, founded in Czech Republic by intellectuals who pursued a new socio-political path beyond the ideological limits of the previous era. They promoted new ideas by rejecting the dogmas of Marxism...

The Quadriga for Havel in Berlin after twenty years

To celebrate the anniversary of the Fall of the Wall, Germany pays homage to the hero of the Velvet Revolution Berlin – “International solidarity strongly contributed towards helping the dissent of East Europe. This is why today we must sustain the fight of populations...

November 1989 – The fall of the Berlin Wall and the rebirth of a New Europe

For a deeper insight into the extraordinary chapter of history of our continent, represented by the Fall of the Berlin Wall, we turned to Filippo Maria Pandolfi, Italian (Finance, Treasury, Industry and Agriculture) minister for many years and then, from 1989 to 1993, Vice-president...

Fischer on visit to Rome, city of Treaties

The two-day Italian visit of the Czech Premier between Lisbon and the Concordat. Great satisfaction for the EU signature by Klaus, while the ratification of the treaty with the Church seems still to be quite far off. The Czech Prime Minister, Jan Fischer, arrived...

Prague still on the political chessboard of the antimissile shield

The Obama administration plans to set up a new antimissile program which would also include, besides the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania. Prague is looking to see what is going to happen on the political scene, while Moscow and Washington are weighing each other...

Italian echoes of Karlovy Vary

Maybe the great season of the Italian cinema is no longer existing and faces, names, protagonists who have helped in changing the evolution of the cinema world-wide belong now to the history of cinema. Yet, this year, the 44th edition of the Festival of...

Italian Echoes of Karlovy Vary

In The Storm of November Hrabal tells, in deeply felt tones, about a meeting occurred years ago in Karlovy Vary during the days of the Festival. The protagonists being: the Czech writer on one hand, an icon of the Czech Literature, and Bernardo Bertolucci...

“Italians, come and discover our culture”

Miloslav Hirsch, director of the Czech cultural Institute in Rome, speaks about his experience in Italy and offers some interesting anticipations on the program of the following months. Dr Hirsch when was the Rome Institute in Costabella street, inaugurated? On 14th April, 2005. It...

Photovoltaic boom in Czech Republic

The generous government incentives. The bank availability to grant credits. Czechs discover that solar system is convenient, with some doubts, though… Czech Republic is going through an amazing time for the development in the photovoltaic field. An enormous development which comes totally unforeseen. Only...

Weaponry: Czech Export is Recovering

The Czech export of arms and weaponry is running at full steam, according to the newly published data from the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Sales to foreign customers total for 4.9bn Crown, which is the best result since the existence of the Czech...