Current Affairs

Prague-Warsaw: when food divides nations

 The Czechs are scandalized: “Keep your venom”, the Poles reply with “keep your lethal alcohol.” But the criticism does not hit the mark: imports from Poland continue to grow. For almost a year and a half, Polish food – much sought after by Czech...

The Karlovy Vary Film Festival: a crossroads between the past and present

Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when observing the Crystal Globe, the top prize of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, an elegant brass statue of a female figure with an Art Déco touch, is the resemblance in design to the Oscar....

Těchonín, when science surrenders to austerity

The Czech Republic has a feather in its cap with its health system: it has the best hospital in Europe, in a position to face any type of epidemic or terrorist attack carried out by means of bacteriological weapons, such as Sars or anthrax....

Solar energy: a burning issue, a lost opportunity for Prague?

We know that it is the same the world over. Thus, after the photovoltaic boom all over Europe, including the Czech Republic, the first skeletons in the closet are beginning to emerge and early supporters have cooled their enthusiasm for a sector, which despite...

The elections at “U Prezidentů”

Chronicle of a presidential voting day, from the most anti Zeman Prague pub The new president of the Czech Republic loves pubs, but not all pubs love Miloš Zeman. In the Prague 6 district, there is one in which the level of aversion reaches...

Czech football: Light and shadow

We approach the restart of the Gambrinus league, in the wake of scandals, and the infinite duel between Sparta Prague and Viktoria Plzeň and their presidents: Daniel Křetínský and Tomáš Paclík. All this ahead of two important European fixtures, with Chelsea and Napoli As...

The revolution in cycling starts in Prague

The Czech billionaire Zdeněk Bakala, aged 52 and one of the richest men in Central Europe, with a past behind him as a financial genius and  the current owner of immense coal seams, has initiated a huge scale project which aims to bring back...

Václav Havel, the many ways to remember him

A huge, very colourful wax heart was displayed in honour of Václav Havel, at the beginning of February in the small Prague square in front of the National theatre. It will stay there until the 10th of April. The artists behind the creation were...

Giorgio Bonelli, the Alchymist dreamer

The owner of the famous Prague hotel tells of the city’s magical years One may still dream at the Alchymist: the glamour of the “azure hall”, sipping glasses of Ruinart, Breton oysters and dinner for six. Yves Chlala, a cabalist of notes, plays the...

The bridge of controversy

For two years now, the storm has been raging over the work done on the bridge symbol of the city: restoration or reconstruction? The Charles bridge has been for months at the centre of a heated debate. The cause of the dispute is the...