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About Pavel Seifter

Pavel Seifter was Czech ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1997 until his retirement in 2003. A lecturer in labour and social history in Prague, he was forced to leave his post after the Soviet invasion. He then worked as a window cleaner for twenty years, before becoming a key member of the Civic Forum movement, which led to the return from totalitarianism to democratic values in Czechoslovakia. He subsequently served as deputy director of the Institute of Contemporary History and then as the deputy director of the Institute of International Relations in Prague. He was appointed as Director of Foreign Policy to the President in 1993. He is currently a visiting research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance, LSE.

Articles by Pavel Seifter

This week’s World Forum for Democracy 2017 editors

Georgios Kolliarakis

Georgios Kolliarakis political scientist, is a senior researcher at the University of Frankfurt.

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Introducing this week’s theme: Media, parties and populism.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The European walled-garden: what's the root cause? what's the solution?

What should Europe do, and are we so inescapably in the grip of  jealous nations that the EU cannot do the right thing? Participants in the 2015 Havel European Dialogues in an email exchange about the refugee crisis

The Czech Dream?

Filip Remunda & Vit Klusak’s subversive documentary “Czech Dream” spoofs the Czechs’ journey from velvet revolution to consumer fantasy. Pavel Seifter - ex-dissident, ex-window cleaner, ex-Czech ambassador in London - sees the real in the absurd.

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