Politics

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,...

Do I regret being pro-European? No, but Klaus deserves respect

Interview with Giorgio Radicati, former Embassador of Italy in Prague, on the Czech leader of Euroscepticism The lack of trust from the Czechs towards the EU is undeniable, but it is far-fetched to talk of a “Czexit”… “As a boy, I drank from the...

Prague and its transparency objective

The Czech Republic has improved of 16 positions in the International Transparency Index on corruption, but a lot remains to be done. The Council of Europe this year has ruled that the measures taken by the Czech authorities in their fight against corruption are still...

Prague, Visegrad and the difficult relationships in the EU

The Czech Republic, now at the helm of the V4, faces difficulties concerning the migrant crisis and the Nord Stream II The Visegrad Group in 2016 will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its foundation The presidency of the Visegrad Group, which began last July...