Politics

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...

Dreaming of a Moscow spring

In memory of Natalya Gorbanevskaya, Russian poet and dissident who died last November. In August 1968, she challenged the Kremlin in defense of occupied Czechoslovakia The story of Gorbanevskaya shows that relations between Prague and Moscow are far more complex than stories about the...

From Prague a European wind

The new government has stopped waving the banner of Euro scepticism, and entry into the Eurozone might not be so far off Sobotka will have to keep the balance with Babiš and the awkward president Zeman Sobotka will have to maintain the relations with Babiš and...

The government of unresolved issues is born

A coalition agreement has been reached for a future center-left majority, but the contrasting issues at stake seem only to have been postponed or minimized The Czech Republic will soon have a new government, but for now, there are more doubts than certainties on...

Rebus in government in Prague following elections

Thousands of questions remain following the response from the ballot boxes, with a notable reshaping of the traditional parties and exploits of the protest and populist votes. The tycoon Andrej Babiš is a new protagonist of Czech politics The early elections for the Chamber...

Zeman and his strange EU friendship

He proclaimed himself pro-European ever since he took office, but has also criticized Brussels on several occasions He ordered the flag of the European Union to be hoisted on the Prague Castle, and invited, to his inauguration ceremony at Hradčany, the President of the...

In Rome with Havel in mind

Two years since he entered office in the Italian capital, an interview with Ambassador Buriánek, among memories and the present Now fifty years old, with a wife, three children and a well-rounded curriculum between the Old Europe and the United States. Above all, a...