Politics

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...

Prague and Washington become more distant

The legend of Havel seems far behind us and Prime Minister Sobotka is not being welcomed by Obama. Pro-Russian statements from Zeman annoy their faithful US allies Relations between the Czech Republic and the United States have entered into an era of uncertainty, abandoning...

The Eu is of no interest to Czechs

A worrying turnout in the European elections: only 18.2% voted Babiš wins, but in view of the Commissioners’ choice, it will be tough to make the Czech vote count The European elections in late May certainly did not cause upheavals in the majority who...

Ukrainian crisis: the return of the spectre of the US shield

The clash between Kiev and Moscow has reopened the debate on the American missile defence project in the Czech Republic and Poland According to Czech diplomacy, the Ukrainian events are one of the most critical moments in the relations between Russia and the EU...

Babiš sets his sights higher

With all the polls favouring him, the billionaire Minister today is the true protagonist of Czech politics and his ambitions are growing. Sobotka has been warned Following his surprising electoral success last autumn, and the subsequent entry into the government, billionaire and politician Andrej...