Politics

Miloš Zeman: Now I Conduct

When Miloš Zeman decided to run for president last year, his ambition was not solely to indulge in a prestigious five-year stay at the Castle, and admire the panorama from the higher area of Hradčany in Prague, perhaps with a glass of his favorite...

Zeman defeats Schwarzenberg again while the Kremlin remains in the background

The war of the last few months, fought over the slippery subject of diplomacy and concerning the nomination of the new Czech ambassadors, is destined to conclude, as the evidence leads us to believe, in favour of President Miloš Zeman, to the barely concealed...

Zeman, a slightly diplomatic president

The first president to be elected directly by citizens is the former Social Democratic Prime Minister. Mixed reactions from abroad In Europe, Prague turns over a new leaf. And it does so by choosing as President a man who really understands politics. An old...

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...

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...