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The French political scene has a new kid on the block, or one might say, a new veteran. Eric Zemmour is his name, not one familiar in the UK, but Zemmour has long been well known in his own country as a right-wing television presenter. His controversial pronouncements on race, religion and immigration have in the past got him into legal trouble, bu…
 
A recent survey of 2,000 Czechs on attitudes towards ethnic, racial, religious and sexual minority groups, finds that “the younger the Czech, the greater the likelihood they have tolerant attitudes and respect human rights”. However, the survey commissioned by the HateFree Culture campaign shows an overwhelming majority consider “coexistence” with …
 
The Czech Security Council has accepted a new 15 point action plan on how to counter hybrid threats. If approved by the government, it will delineate tasks that ministries and state agencies have to fulfil within the next two years as part of the country’s new hybrid threats strategy.
 
Pilsen is, without a doubt, synonymous with beer. And the Brewery Museum, located on the outskirts of the city, celebrates the golden brew that put Pilsen on the world map. It offers a unique look into the brewing process of the Middle Ages, and displays beer-related paraphernalia from all over the world, including curiosities such as the world’s s…
 
Libya has been marking an anniversary of sorts this week: ten years since the dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was killed, having been toppled from power as part of the Arab Spring. Since then, elections have been held, and a much-delayed election for a new President is due at the end of this year. But few have much faith in this process. Whole swa…
 
What Afghans miss the most since the country was taken over by the Taliban this summer is freedom. Lack of aid strategy also helped government corruption, says Zakia, an Afghan woman with Czech residency who managed to leave the country after several failed attempts to cross the border.
 
Covid-19 numbers in the Czech Republic are again growing at an alarming rate, with Tuesday and Wednesday seeing double the new cases as the same days last week. The government has responded with fresh measures, including mandatory respirators at workplaces and Covid certificate checks at spots like bars.…
 
My Sunny Maad, an animated film by Czech director Michaela Pavlátová, will seek a nomination for the Animated Feature Oscar. The Czech-French-Slovak coproduction film about a Czech woman married to an Afghan man has already won the Jury Prize at the Annecy Festival in France and the main prize in Mexico’s Guadalajara.…
 
For older generations of Czechs – and European designers of virtually any age – “bentwood furniture” and Bystřice pod Hostýnem are synonymous. For it was in that tiny Moravian town that hundreds of thousands one of the world’s most iconic pieces of furniture, known simply as “Chair No. 14”, literally took shape. In essence, modern furniture what bo…
 
There have been a slew of headlines involving Miloš Zeman’s team since the speaker of the Senate made public a doctors’ statement that the president is unable to perform his duties. These include a pledge from Prime Minister Babiš to remove Mr. Zeman’s head of office. To make some sense of all these news stories, I spoke to political scientist Jiří…
 
The current state of Czech President Miloš Zeman’s health and the lack of information provided by his office have raised a debate about the public’s right to information with regard to the country’s top official. Miloš Zeman is not the first head of state who has suffered from serious health problems during his presidency that impacted his ability …
 
During the Second World War, approximately 600,000 Czechs were forced into slave labour for Nazi Germany. However, a few thousand Czechs were also forcibly deployed in Norway. A new project called Noráci, carried out by a group of Czech and Norwegian scholars, traces the fate of these men, based on their memorabilia as well as on the memories of th…
 
Senate chair Miloš Vystrčil on Monday ended weeks of speculation regarding the health of Czech President Miloš Zeman. Citing a report by the president’s chief physician, he said Mr. Zeman was unable to perform his presidential duties and the prognosis for an early recovery was highly uncertain. In the wake of general elections, the news has sparked…
 
Following the sudden collapse of the Czech Republic’s biggest alternative energy supplier, the national energy regulator is seeking assurances from other electricity and gas suppliers that they can meet customers’ needs. Against the backdrop of soaring prices on European exchanges, the Energy Regulatory Office (ERÚ) has asked some 430 licensed ener…
 
Czech legislators are discussing whether to declare May 27 – the day of the assassination of the Nazi governor of Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhard Heydrich, in 1942 – a “significant day”. The proposal is the result of an initiative launched by Prague 8 – the municipality where the assassination took place. The district mayor says he has high hopes for…
 
When western troops overthrew Saddam Hussein, the argument was that this would turn Iraq from a dictatorship into a democracy. And they have indeed held elections there; the latest vote for a new Iraqi parliament took place last Sunday. Yet when it comes to actually voting, tribal and religious affiliation appear to have trumped any ideological lea…
 
The Czech Republic has the world’s third-largest collection of testimonies from people who lived under totalitarian regimes in the 20th century. That collection of the Memory of the Nation project, includes interviews with some 13,000 people who suffered under, fought against, tolerated or collaborated with the Nazi and Communist regimes. As the Me…
 
According to the results of a new study published in the academic journal Science, all known modern versions of Hepatitis B can be traced back to the same original version of the virus that affected people before they were even farmers. The major study drew on samples of pre-historic human remains collected by Czech archaeologists.…
 
The National Technical Museum – one of the oldest museums of its type in Europe – lies just next to Prague’s Letná plain. The museum was founded to document technological advancement both in the Czech lands and the wider world and contains tens of thousands of exhibits. Younger visitors and fans of vehicles in general can appreciate the museum’s la…
 
More than a year ago, the Czech Honorary Consulate in Scotland closed down after its long-time representative, Paul Millar, decided to step down at the age of 86. This Wednesday, a new Honorary Consulate was officially declared open with Veronika MacLeod, founder of Czech School Scotland, becoming its new representative.…
 
Until its abrupt closure on Wednesday, Bohemia Energy was the largest alternative energy supplier in the entire Czech Republic, serving nearly 1 million customers. The company said it was “forced to take the drastic step” on shutting down due to the rapid, extreme growth of wholesale power prices. The Czech energy market now faces an unprecedented …
 
In recent weeks, images of thousands of Haitian migrants living in squalid conditions in a temporary camp in Texas have caused widespread shock and anger in the United States. US Border patrol agents on horseback forced many of them back across the Rio Grande into Mexico. Thousands more were deported back to Haiti, which is in the grip of its deepe…
 
The Czech election this week will decide whether embattled billionaire businessman Andrej Babis gets another four-year term as Prime Minister. He’s under pressure from new revelations in the Pandora papers – seeming to show that he was involved in the purchase of 16 properties on the French Riviera using offshore companies. Mr Babis has denied any …
 
It's not easy to talk in Tripoli; Palestinian anger over Nizar Banat's death; the MH17 trial in the Netherlands; Rwandan forces in Mozambique; a number plate dispute in the BalkansIn Libya, the promise of a new dawn after the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime a decade ago now seems to ring hollow. After its revolution came civil war – as militias pro…
 
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