Politics

Receiving migrants is no longer mandatory, Prague cries victory

EU increasingly divided on the management of the crisis. The four of Visegrád find the support of Austria and Salvini’s Italy. Babiš: “Immigration is not our problem, but we are ready to help Rome and Athens financially” “Not in my backyard”. This is the...

Foreign Affairs, internal tensions

The latest Czech difficulties in assuming unique positions in international relations, between a government that looks to the West and a president looking out East Over the last few months, foreign policy has not been allowing quiet downtimes in any of the Western countries...

Direct election of the Czech President: mirror of democracy or demagogy?

A look at the Czech constitutional reform five years later “Trump’s decision (to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem) makes me happy because when I visited Israel four years ago, I said I would like to take the same step with...

2017 Elections: Where Storks Dare

The October elections seem to be as predicted: ANO and his founder Andrej Babiš are the main favorites. However, which will be the ruling coalition is nothing but yet a puzzle With less than three weeks to go for the election in the House...

Macron brings back euro-optimism, but Prague waits for the October vote

The Czech Republic lies at the crossroads between greater integration in the EU or marginalization, the euro and the crown, and solidarity and nationalism. Babiš, the probable future Czech prime minister, is ready to say no to the Eurozone and the dictates of Brussels The...

Trump and Zeman, friends or possibly not quite so

Visit to the White House postponed – a minor setback or a misunderstanding? According to the diplomatic circles the official invitation has never been made The visit of the Czech president Miloš Zeman to the White House was not only expected at the Prague...

Prague-EU: all-out prizefight over firearm ownership legislation

Czech Republic has appealed to the European Court of Justice against the restrictive directive and launches a constitutional reform. For the Czech authorities, the EU Directive is punitive and does not sustain the fight against terrorism The citizens’ security, the increasingly frequent terrorist attacks...

Sobotka licks his wounds and tries to start again

A year 2017 consisting of seemingly impossible challenges for the prime minister, who will try to avoid the social democrat election downfall, by facing up to the overwhelming popularity of Babiš. All opinion polls are adverse, but the “mastiff” Sobotka, intends to prove that...

Prague stirs the forge of Hephaestus

A boom in spending on Defence and a budget for armaments with nine zeroes. Minister Martin Stropnický talks about it in an interview On one hand, there are the demands of NATO to its allies for efficient and modern armies, and on the other...

The EU as viewed by Prague, so far away but so important

After Brexit and the migrants crisis, the EU’s future also depends on central Europe In this last year, the European Union has become a Manichean reality, in which everything is either black or white, pro or con and either in or out. After Brexit,...