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11 декабря, 10:00

Who Keeps Europe’s Farm Billions Flowing? Often, Those Who Benefit

Conflict-of-interest rules are uneven. Influence-peddling is murky. The enormous E.U. subsidy program is built to keep the money moving.

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10 декабря, 13:57

Gunman shoots dead six in Czech hospital then kills himself

Attack in hospital waiting room in Ostrava is deadliest mass shooting in country since 2015A gunman has killed six people in a hospital waiting room in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava before fleeing and fatally shooting himself.It was the worst shooting in the Czech Republic, where gun crime is relatively rare, since a man shot eight people dead and then killed himself at a restaurant in Uherský Brod in 2015. Continue reading...

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10 декабря, 12:01

Czech Hospital Shooting Leaves at Least 6 Dead

A man who was believed to be the attacker killed himself as officers closed in, the authorities said. The shooting was the deadliest in the country since 2015.

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03 декабря, 16:04

Milan Kundera's Czech citizenship restored after 40 years

The Unbearable Lightness of Being’s author has lived in France since fleeing communism in 1975, and has previously questioned ‘the notion of home’After more than 40 years in exile, Milan Kundera, the Czech-born author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, has been given back the citizenship of his homeland.Petr Drulák, the Czech Republic’s ambassador to France, told public television he visited the 90-year-old author in his Paris apartment last Thursday to hand deliver his citizenship certificate. Continue reading...

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02 декабря, 15:45

Victims, not victors? The uniquely Czech debate over how to memorialise the Velvet Revolution

Prague has long an uneasy relationship with monuments to its history – but 30 years since the fall of the communist regime, that could be about to changeI used to think the saddest place in Prague was a prospect high above the Vltava River. It is a peaceful though somewhat neglected spot, buttressed by granite ramparts covered with graffiti and popular with families out for a stroll, skateboarders, joggers and tourists taking selfies against the backdrop of the city. At its centre is a gently mounded plateau, empty except for a giant metronome, soon to be taken down.The area has no name on current maps of Prague, but it was once known, in popular parlance, as “U Stalina” – Stalin’s place. In 1955, two years after the Soviet dictator’s death, a massive 50-foot high granite monument to him was unveiled on this spot, the largest representation of Stalin in the world. Commissioned in the late 1940s when Czechoslovakia was being turned into a Soviet satellite state, and already under construction as Stalin lay dying, the monstrous memorial remained in place until 1962 when, in the spirit of de-Stalinisation, it was blown to smithereens by the same regime that erected it. Continue reading...

29 ноября, 17:11

Euro 2020: group-by-group analysis for next summer's tournament

All you need to know about the teams that have already qualified for the European Championship finals in 2020 Continue reading...

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26 ноября, 17:41

AI 'reveals Shakespeare and Fletcher’s different roles in Henry VIII'

Czech academic Petr Plechac has run tiny pieces of text through a new algorithm that he says identifies their distinct contributionsWhen the scholar James Spedding analysed the authorship of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII in 1850, he pored over the details of the text and eventually attributed the play not only to the Bard, but to his successor at the King’s Men theatre company, John Fletcher. Now 169 years later, an academic has used artificial intelligence to back up Spedding’s theory and pin down exactly who wrote what.Petr Plechac from the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague trained an algorithm on scenes from Shakespeare’s later plays Coriolanus, Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest, and on Fletcher’s Valentinian, Monsieur Thomas, The Woman’s Prize and Bonduca. He also ran a selection of scenes from works by Philip Massinger, Fletcher’s successor at the King’s Men and another possible candidate for authorship of Henry VIII, through the algorithm. Continue reading...

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23 ноября, 11:47

The Broken Promise of a Panda: How Prague’s Relations With Beijing Soured

When a new mayor of the Czech capital refused to toe the line on Taiwan, Beijing severed its sister-city relationship. Broader repercussions followed.

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16 ноября, 20:15

Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution, 1989 - in pictures

Thirty years ago, Czech photographer Bohumil Eichler was working for a dissident student-run news agency when the Velvet Revolution began. His work from Prague has rarely been seen, until now. Continue reading...

14 ноября, 22:55

Euro 2020 roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick fires Portugal to verge of finals

• Turkey and France qualify at the expense of Iceland• Czech Republic secure place by beating KosovoCristiano Ronaldo scored his ninth international hat-trick, moving to 98 goals for his country, as Portugal thumped Lithuania 6-0 in a Euro 2020 qualifier.The Portugal captain, whose treble was the 55th of his career, could become only the second player to score a century for his country after Iran’s Ali Daei. Ronaldo showed no sign of the knee problem that led to him being substituted in his previous two games for Juventus – prompting an angry reaction on the second occasion. Pizzi, Gonçalo Paciência and Bernardo Silva shared the other goals in the one-sided Group B match. Continue reading...

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12 ноября, 21:30

Czech Republic v England: women's international football friendly – as it happened

Leah Williamson earned victory in the 86th minute with her first goal for her country to ease the pressure on Phil Neville 9.12pm GMT “We got the win and that’s what I demanded from the team. We totally dominated the second half but were careless a little bit in possession ... We wanted to finish the last game of the year with a win and we did that. I don’t think we should take anything away from the last 12 months in terms of where we’ve taken women’s football and the Lionesses ... Now the hard work starts next year ... to get them performing to the level that I believe they can.” 9.07pm GMT England’s last fixture of the year ends with a win thanks to William’s deflected late strike. It wasn’t an especially impressive performance but the conditions were difficult and the team at least made sure they got a result that relieves pressure at least a little. Mead and Staniforth had decent games and Hemp did well off the bench. Continue reading...

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10 ноября, 03:01

Prague to honour little-known saviour of refugees fleeing Nazis

Czech capital hopes award will rescue Jewish aid worker Marie Schmolka from obscurityAn aid worker who helped refugees flee the Nazis is to be honoured by Prague in a move historians hope will rescue her name and heroic deeds from obscurity.Marie Schmolka will be awarded honorary citizenship of her native city by the local municipality in recognition of what experts describe as a central role in saving large numbers of Jews and opponents of Hitler before the second world war. Continue reading...

04 ноября, 21:51

E.U. Defends Farm Subsidy Program Exploited by Autocrats

Outright fraud is rare, officials said. A Times investigation found that the program helped underwrite oligarchs, mobsters and far-right populists.

04 ноября, 03:01

Poll reveals majority of eastern Europeans 'fearful for democracy'

Survey across seven countries reveals widespread unease 30 years after fall of Berlin WallThirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, today’s eastern Europeans are fearful for the future of democracy, sceptical of government and the main political parties, and distrustful of the media, according to a new survey.But despite what the report’s authors call “alarming levels” of distrust in democratic systems and the media, many also believe they can influence politics and improve society, with younger people – especially women – engaging in civic activity and optimistic about achieving positive change. Continue reading...

03 ноября, 10:55

The Money Farmers: How Oligarchs and Populists Milk the E.U. for Millions

The European Union spends $65 billion a year subsidizing agriculture. But a chunk of that money emboldens strongmen, enriches politicians and finances corrupt dealing.

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31 октября, 17:40

EU leaders face legal action over Czech PM's alleged conflict of interest

European council accused of failing to act over claims Andrej Babiš gains from EU subsidies The EU’s most powerful decision-making body is being taken to court accused of failing to act on an alleged conflict of interest centred on the Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš.Lukáš Wagenknecht, a Czech senator, said he had launched legal action at the European court of justice after the European council – the body representing EU leaders – failed to respond to his concerns about the alleged conflict of interest. Continue reading...

30 октября, 12:00

Democracy is under attack in post-Wall Europe – but the spirit of 1989 is fighting back | Timothy Garton Ash

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and Europe’s velvet revolutions, a new generation is standing up to the populistsImagine someone who had witnessed the liberation of western Europe in 1945 returning in 1975, only to find the dictators coming back. That’s ratherhow it feels revisiting central Europe 30 years after the velvet revolutions of 1989.Earlier this year, I sat in a hotel bar in Budapest with an old anti-communist dissident friend, János Kis, who calmly described the regime of prime minister Viktor Orbán to me as an autocracy. Yet it was Kis who first introduced me to Orbán, back in 1988, presenting the then 25-year-old student as a bright light of a new generation of young liberal democrats. At a rally in Gdańsk in June, I heard European council president Donald Tusk call on his fellow Poles to learn from the example of the Solidarity movement of the 1980s in opposing the country’s nationalist populist Law and Justice party government. Yet Law and Justice triumphed again this month in a general election. Continue reading...

25 октября, 07:00

Anti-LGBT rhetoric stokes tensions in eastern Europe

Politicians and church leaders are stirring homophobia to rally bases and provoke fear among votersIn a recent survey, Poles were asked to identify what they felt to be the biggest threats facing them in the 21st century, choosing from options such as the climate crisis, renewed aggression from Russia and a possible economic downturn.Among men under 40, the most popular answer was “the LGBT movement and gender ideology”. The survey, conducted by Ipsos for the Polish website OKO.press, suggested that a government campaign against the nebulous concept of “LGBT ideology” was having an impact. Continue reading...

15 октября, 17:00

30 years after communism, eastern Europe divided on democracy's impact

Pew research reveals very different views on whether countries are better off todayThirty years on, few people in Europe’s former eastern bloc regret the monumental political, social and economic change unleashed by the fall of communism – but at the same time few are satisfied with the way things are now, and many worry for the future.A Pew Research Center survey of 17 countries, including 14 EU member states, found that while most people in central and eastern Europe generally embraced democracy and the market economy, support was far from uniformly strong. Continue reading...

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14 октября, 22:59

McNair double sets up first Northern Ireland away friendly win since 2006

Northern Ireland achieved what England could not as they beat the Czech Republic in Prague but had to cling on as the home side threatened to come back from three goals down.A first friendly victory away from home in 13 years was a dramatic one as Paddy McNair’s double, either side of a Jonny Evans effort, had Northern Ireland in charge before Vladimir Darida and Alex Kral struck two in two minutes to set up a nervy finish. Continue reading...