Russia Today is packed full of lies. But aren't there motes aplenty in our own eyes onto the world? Is media credibility shot, and can we hope to improve trust in news? An academic conference this autumn in Prague aims to bring journalists and acdemics together to explore the problem
Should a serious migration crisis erupt as a result of
conflict escalation in Ukraine, the odds are that the V4 would need assistance
through exactly the kind of EU solidarity mechanism they now oppose.
Part 2 of an interview around Roger Scruton's new novel, Underground Notes. The contrast between Prague in the early 1980s and Washington in the late 2000s is the backdrop for a reflection on the nature of love, freedom and necessity
If only the politicians and journalists would try to understand a bit
more not only the lives of Roma migrants, but also the poverty conditions and
structural inequalities in which so many different groups of people live in
For the EU, the Czech Republic has long been Britain's partner in trouble. But the victory of a more Europe-friendly left in the recent elections might signal a radical new turn for Czech foreign policy.
With a number of new parties seeking to win seats and an anticipated victory of the left, the upcoming parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic might lead to the biggest change in the country's political map since the 1989 revolution.
June, PM Petr Necas and his cabinet resigned after a major political
scandal. In spite of the current uncertainty and power play between
political parties, may this also be a sign that democratic accountability and the rule of
law have finally come to the young republic?
Drawing on support from permissive governments,
multinational manufacturer Foxconn has set up shop in Central Europe. Yet the
transitory nature of the many migrant workers employed in these factories will have serious consequences for the future of labour in Europe.
vow to uplift Czech political life, new president Milos Zeman made no excuses
for his 'tired and emotional' appearance at a highly symbolic state event. His
call for closer ties with Russia have raised further concerns in a traditionally
Milos Zeman, the new president of the Czech Republic, has clearly distanced himself from the Eurosceptic views of his predecessor. Yet, a recent standoff with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shows unexpected tension over foreign policy might be just around the corner.
corruption and nepotism are still an ailing element of post-communist political
reality in the Czech Republic, a new civic initiative seeks to
bring more transparency and accountability to the Czech
state. Can it succeed?
Saturday's election saw the victory of former PM Milos Zeman over current
Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg. The duel between a decried populist and an
old-school aristocrat revealed a division previously unseen in modern Czech
On Saturday, the Czechs elected Miloš Zeman, an important figure of the democratic transition of the 1990s, to be their new president. Although this role is mostly a symbolic one, expectations were high for a change in public policy. Are Czech voters bound to be disappointed?
upgrade of Temelin, a nuclear power station, has become the backdrop of a power
struggle between the Unites States and Russia. Worryingly, a discussion on
Czech energy policy is being silenced by the competition of foreign strategic
Collusion between the press and politicians
is not confined to western Europe. Central and Eastern European countries are
also plagued by their own mini-Murdochs – and in these more fragile democracies,
they represent an even bigger threat.
the first time in their history, Czech citizens will directly elect their
president next year, to replace the notoriously Eurosceptic incumbent Vaclav
Klaus. The stakes are high in this election, for it will be a large-scale
stress test for Czech democracy and European integration in Central Europe.