Politics

Presidential 2013, communist variable

The Czech Communist Party of Moravia (KSČM, Komunistická strana Čech a Moravy) – known in Europe as being closest to old Soviet traditions – will, in all likelihood, play a decisive role in the election of the next President of the Czech Republic, that will take...

Rome – Prague friends with derogation

The premier on a visit to Rome: the commercial interchange is good, but can be improved. Discordant opinions on the euro and Eurobonds but “we are very close allies” on many issues After a roller-coaster tour between the U.S., Brussels, domestic and European commitments,...

The restitutions blessed by Klaus

Despite widespread public opposition and vehement protests from the Left parties, the bill on the restitution to Churches and religious orders of confiscated possessions during the communist regime (in former Czechoslovakia), is about to be approved. Prevailing is the will of the present centre-right...

Prague and the Tymoshenko affair

After the conviction of the former Ukrainian prime minister, her husband soon obtained political asylum in the Czech Republic. The Tymoshenko affair runs the risk of remaining in the news, as the main European and international diplomatic issue, for quite a long time. Not...

The return of two-faced Janus

Prague, Europe, and double-sided politics The European Council on 9th December took a decisive step for the fate of the European Union and not just for the Euro. By now, no one can deny that a failure of the single currency would be a...

Prague and Vienna: separated at home

high standing commercial partners, but divided by the nuclear spectre They are not fierce enemies, nor brothers separated at birth, as Prague and nearby Bratislava, nor are they reliable trading partners, as Prague and Berlin are. Better still, they are distant cousins, a bit...

Msv 2011 a sign of recovery

Many positive signs, in early October, starting with the 53rd edition of the Mechanical Engineering Fair in Brno, even if operators are rather cautious about the future, with particular concerns over the Eurozone crisis. In a country such as the Czech Republic – where...

The Extreme right rise again

In the Czech Republic they have returned to the headlines of newspapers, the Tv news and internet sites, causing debate amongst politicians and columnists. The question is simple: what should we expect? Nationalism is coming back into force and it is not a coincidence...

“The Caucasus? A crtical geographical zone even for Prague“

Ivan Jestřáb, the ambassador of the Czech Republic in Tbilisi, speaks about the European Neighbourhood Policies and of the current Russian ambitions, three years after the conflict in South Ossetia. “Don’t leave Georgia, don’t allow the country to feel isolated from the rest of...

“Swaying” ties between Moscow and Prague

The two Countries come closer and move away from each other: on the one hand, Russian influence and Czech energy dependence, on the other, the negative experience of the past century. Like a prism, with more colours and shades, relations and sentiments between Prague...