Politics

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...

From the Balkans to Prague and back

The United Nations denounce the detention conditions of irregular migrants and asylum seekers in the Czech Republic as unacceptable. The spark that led to a reflection on the relationship between Czechs and migrants In the middle of the former Yugoslavia, away from the megaphones...

If Prague turns its back on refugees

In the Czech Republic xenophobia is growing and the government in Prague opposes the EU quota system The nightmare that masses of refugees could invade Prague Castle and camp at Wenceslas Square, has terrified the Czechs for several months. It was enough that Italy,...

Babiš discovers America

The Ano movement, led by the billionaire deputy premier, makes its debut in foreign policy adopting a line of staunch Atlanticism. The boomerang effect of the recent American tour After more than a year of government and an unclear attitude in foreign policy and...

The arm wrestle between the Castle and Černín palace

Foreign policy divides the Czech Republic: on one side are Zeman’s pro-Russian words, on the other is the pro-EU Zaorálek. The relations with the USA and Brussels, who resent the words of the head of state, are also at stake Two fired up frontlines...