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11 июня, 18:00

New Czech-Austria Capacity Trade Launch

The Austrian and the Czech gas transmission system operators Gas Connect Austria and Net4gas are trialling a new service called Trading Region Upgrade.

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06 июня, 20:47

Andrej Babiš reappointed Czech PM in push to end impasse

President appears to use threat of far-right to attempt to force Social Democrats into dealAndrej Babiš, Czech Republic’s scandal-plagued acting prime minister, has been reappointed in an attempt to end months of political deadlock by strong-arming reluctant opposition MPs into forming a government with him.Babiš was officially rinstalled in a ceremony at Prague castle presided over by Miloš Zeman, the populist Czech president, who appeared to be attempting to use the possibility of a coalition with a far-right grouping to force the Social Democrat party (ČSSD) into agreeing a deal. Continue reading...

14 мая, 07:05

Sergei Skripal Was Retired, but Still in the Spy Game. Is That Why He Was Poisoned?

Mr. Skripal, a former Russian double agent, met secretly with European intelligence officers in the years before he was poisoned in March.

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02 мая, 18:59

Czech Brewer Mocks #MeToo, Calling It a ‘Pathological Campaign’

A social media posting by Bernard Brewery has prompted strong reactions in the Czech Republic, prompting pile-on criticism of #MeToo, and soul-searching on sexism.

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19 апреля, 03:00

Hans Asperger aided and supported Nazi programme, study says

Eight-year study finds pioneer of paediatrics assisted in Third Reich’s ‘euthanasia’ programmeThe Austrian doctor after whom Asperger syndrome is named was an active participant in the Nazi regime, assisting in the Third Reich’s so called euthanasia programme and supporting the concept of racial hygiene by deeming certain children unworthy to live, according to a study by a medical historian.Herwig Czech, from Vienna’s Medical University, has made the claim in an academic paper published in the open access journal Molecular Autism, following eight years of research into the paediatrician Hans Asperger. Continue reading...

18 апреля, 08:00

China’s gift to Europe is a new version of crony capitalism | Martin Hala

My country, the Czech Republic, has bent over backwards for President Xi, with little benefit to citizens or the wider economyThe scrapping of limits on Xi Jinping’s presidential term last month drew attention to the profound changes the Chinese leader has imposed on his country’s political system. But the significance of this move is global – and it concerns Europe in many ways. China has identified a “window of historic opportunity” for itself across the world. To make the best of this, so its logic goes, the country must be united and disciplined under a strong leader and supreme commander. Xi has been compared with Mao Zedong in that he’s created an entirely leader-centric political system – but to think this has consequences only for China risks missing the wider picture.In my country, the Czech Republic, we’ve seen up close how China intends to expand its reach. Central Europe is very much part of China’s ambition to “move to the centre of the world stage” – the expression used by Xi during last year’s Communist party congress. The basic tool China relies on is the Belt and Road initiative, a trade and infrastructure project spanning Asia and Europe which encapsulates the regime’s overarching foreign policy goals, in what Xi has dubbed the “new era”. Continue reading...

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16 апреля, 20:31

Robots Ride to the Rescue Where Workers Can’t Be Found

Fast-growing economies in Eastern Europe have led to severe labor shortages, so companies are calling in the machines.

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11 апреля, 16:31

EU moves to ban sale of lower-quality branded food in eastern Europe

Studies suggest hundreds of well-known products are inferior to versions sold in the west Brussels wants to make it illegal for food and drink multinationals to sell inferior versions of well-known brands to customers in eastern Europe, after studies suggested hundreds of products were involved in the practice.An EU directive banning so-called “dual food” was announced on Wednesday following longstanding complaints from member states in central and eastern Europe. Continue reading...

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08 апреля, 09:04

Czechs discover hidden film record of Stalin’s antisemitic show trial

Footage shows how Rudolf Slánský and other top communists were made victims of a brutal purgeIt was among the most notorious show trials of the 20th century, the prosecution and sentencing to death of Czechoslovakia’s leading communist, who had been arrested in a brutal purge ordered by Stalin.For decades, events surrounding the revolutionary tribunal that resulted in the execution of Rudolf Slánský, general secretary of the Czechoslovak party, and 10 other defendants was shrouded in mythology – with most visual and verbal evidence apparently lost to posterity. Continue reading...

03 апреля, 11:15

'Losing My Religion' - Where Young Europeans Aren't Praying

Europe is a hugely diverse place in terms of culture, language and especially religion. The European Social Survey 2014-2016 found that across the continent, there is a huge difference in the share of young people identifying as having no religion. Statista's Niall McCarthy reports  that the research found that the youth in Poland are still quite religious with only 17 percent of respondents aged 16-29 not associating themselves with any religion. The situation is much different in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands where 7 out of 10 young adults identify as having no religion. You will find more infographics at Statista The highest share on non-religious youth was recorded in the Czech Republic where the share stood at 91 percent. Estonia came second with 80 percent while Sweden was third with 75 percent.

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03 апреля, 09:00

Wheeling the axe: Prague to ban bikes from historic squares and streets

Cyclists will soon be banned from historic central spots in the Czech capital by officials citing pedestrian safety – yet 1,000 cars will notStanding astride his bike in Prague’s storied Wenceslas Square, Jakub Panek waxes lyrical about the joys of cycling to work in one of Europe’s most historic and enchanting cities.“There have been situations where I’ve had to stop and get off my bike because of the number of tourists, but no one has ever complained” says Panek, a production specialist with Post Bellum, an NGO documenting the Czech Republic’s experiences under totalitarianism. “My experience has always been pleasant. It’s faster than cars or public transport and I feel more free.” Continue reading...

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02 апреля, 14:33

Russia says Czech extradition of alleged hacker to USA may hurt ties

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the Czech Republic's extradition to the United States of Yevgeny Nikulin, a Russian charged with hacking U.S. tech companies, appeared to be aimed at damaging ties between Moscow and Prague.

02 апреля, 12:40

Soloviev’s Exclusive Interview With President Putin - The New World Order and Russia’s Place in It

Vladimir Putin: "Based on global developmental trends, it's better to have Russia as your ally. We are a great power. Nobody likes competitors. Competitors should be kept at bay. But I think we will win in the long run".

02 апреля, 10:30

Former Czech President Exposes 'All-Inclusive' Europe's "Leftist Utopia" Demise

Via The Gatestone Institute, Europe All Inclusive, a book by former Czech President Václav Klaus, co-authored by the Arab-speaking economist Jiří Weigl, recently published by Hungary's Századvég School of Politics Foundation, has already been translated into six languages. The Századvég School of Politics Foundation is connected to the think tank Századvég, which, in turn, is close to the FIDESZ party led by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. In the book, the authors write: "What we see today is a similarly fundamental challenge to the future of Europe... and especially its 'integrated' part, is riddled with hypocrisy, pseudo-humanism and other dubious concepts. [When] the most dangerous of them are the currently fashionable, and ultimately suicidal, ideologies of multiculturalism and human-rightism... These ideologies promote the notion that migration is a human right, and that the right to migrate leads to further rights and entitlements including social welfare hand-outs for migrants... Europe is weakened by the leftist utopia of trying to transform a continent that was once proud of its past into an inefficient solidaristic state, turning its inhabitants from citizens into dependent clients." In February 2018, Former Czech President Václav Klaus (left) delivered a copy of the Hungarian translation of his book, Europe All Inclusive, to Viktor Orbán (right), the Prime Minister of Hungary. (Image source: Václav Klaus Institute) The following are excerpts of a speech, "Is Our Membership in the EU a Real Blessing?", delivered by Václav Klaus at the Corvinus University of Budapest on February 22, 2018: I came to Budapest to participate in the launching of the book about the recent mass migration to Europe. Its formal launching took place yesterday in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Our ambition in writing the book was to contribute to the refutation of the false and misleading interpretations of the current European migration crisis. They have been promoted and propagated by the European political and intellectual elites with their progressivist, multicultural, politically correct views and attitudes. Their thinking is based on the untenable assumption that the mass migration is a positive social phenomenon. We strongly disagree. It is not a positive phenomenon, it destabilizes Europe, it endangers the peaceful and quiet developments in individual European countries. History teaches us that any mass migration creates considerable cultural, social and political conflicts, shocks and tensions. Its costs have always been much higher than its benefits. We see it in Europe these days. The costs connected with it are high and visible and – to be frank – we have not been able to find any benefits from of it. It is evident that Europe does not need any mass migration. We are aware of the specifics regarding the current mass migration, of the Hungarian stance, which is the result of the courageous -- and in Europe singular and isolated -- position of Prime Minister Orbán. We can assure you that his views are greatly supported in the Czech Republic. I am glad to say that my own views are very similar to Prime Minister Orbán's views. There are plenty of arguments suggesting that the contemporary migration crisis is connected with the post-democratic character of the EU: it is a by-product of the already long-existing European crisis; systemic errors and misconceptions of European policies; built-in defects of EU institutional arrangements, and the ideological confusions and prejudices of European multicultural political elites. My criticism is based on the fact that we are – due to our EU membership – once again masterminded from abroad and that our sovereignty is again considerably constrained. The substance of my polemics with the EU arrangements is based both on the criticism of the negative effects of the ambitions to centralize economically and excessively unify the European continent. It is also based on those who underestimate the negative consequences of undemocratically suppressing nation-states in favor of a pan-European governance. In the communist era, our dream was to be free citizens, not just inhabitants of our non-free states. Regarding mass migration, the issue of citizenship has become crucial again. Citizenship reflects that one belongs to a particular political community. I strongly disagreed with a well-known and often quoted statement by President Obama, when he famously announced that he is "a citizen of the world". The European political elites similarly keep saying that they are citizens of Europe. Yet, it is impossible to be a citizen of Europe. Europe is not a political community. One can only be an inhabitant of Europe. I want to live in a Europe with less of the EU and with more of the nation-states. The currently prevailing EU ideology (I call it Europeism) systematically undermines the traditional, historically proven building blocks of the European society: the nation state, the family, the man. I am very much in favor of the increased openness of the European society. It was attained in the first phase of the European integration process (in the era of the EEC and the EC). I am, however, very critical of the increased bureaucratic centralization, of the permanently growing regulations that suppress human activity, and of the frustrating de-democratization that is connected with the second phase of the European integration process (with the era of the EU), with the European unification. To sum it up, our membership in such an entity is a very mixed blessing. We should have the courage to say it loudly. *  *  * Václav Klaus is the former president and former prime minister of the Czech Republic and author more than 40 books, including: Europe All Inclusive: A Brief Guide to Understanding the Current Migration Crisis" (2017), Blue Planet in Green Shackles: What Is Endangered: Climate or Freedom? (2007) andRenaissance: The Rebirth of Liberty in the Heart of Europe (1997). The excerpts were shortened by Josef Zbořil and are reprinted here with the kind permission of the author.

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31 марта, 18:29

Russian Accused of Hacking U.S. Technology Firms Is Extradited

Yevgeniy A. Nikulin breached the networks of LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring, and may have compromised the information of more than 100 million people.

30 марта, 23:20

The Elite Eight: March in Photos

Now we know why they call it March Madness. This month, Speaker Ryan met with more than a dozen foreign dignitaries (including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu), signed several important pieces of legislation, gave an official address to the Czech Parliament in Prague, and much more. Here are eight photos that show some of our favorite moments from the month of March: 1. The Battle of Ideas – During an interview for Ben Shapiro's podcast, Speaker Ryan and the host engage in a lively discussion about political philosophy, natural rights, and the battle of ideas. 2. The Spring Cohort – Speaker Ryan sits down with his offices’ spring interns, answering their questions and offering advice as they start their careers. 3. The Home Depot Visit – While visiting Home Depot in Atlanta, Georgia, to talk about the benefits of tax reform, Speaker Ryan cracks a joke during a drilling demo. 4. The Friends of Ireland Luncheon – Speaker Ryan and the Taoiseach of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, welcome President Trump and Vice President Pence to the Capitol for the annual Friends of Ireland luncheon. 5. The School Safety Discussion – Speaker Ryan meets with Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Max and Ryan Schachter—who lost their son and brother, Alex, in the tragic shooting in Parkland—to discuss what more could be done to ensure our country’s schools are safe. Much-needed school safety improvements were signed into law by the president this month. 6. The Fight to #EndTrafficking – Alongside Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Reps. Ann Wagner (R-MO) and Mimi Walters (R-CA), Speaker Ryan signs critical legislation that cracks down on bad-actor websites that facilitate human trafficking. 7. The Czech Address – During a visit to the Czech Republic to address its parliament, Speaker Ryan had the chance to thank U.S. Embassy Prague staff and their families for the sacrifices they make to represent our country. 8. The Prime Minister Meeting – Speaker Ryan welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the Capitol, prior to a meeting with members of House leadership. As for Speaker Ryan’s bracket, there’s always next year.

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30 марта, 14:53

Czechs extradite alleged Russian hacker to US

The Czech Republic extradited a Russian man to the U.S. to face charges of hacking computers at LinkedIn, Dropbox and other American companies, an official said Friday.

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30 марта, 14:35

Official: Czech Republic extradites alleged Russian hacker to US

Official: Czech Republic extradites alleged Russian hacker to US.

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