Friday Elections: Czech Republic Prepares to Welcome 'Babisconi'

Friday Elections: Czech Republic Prepares to Welcome 'Babisconi'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2013

Frustrated by their political class, Czechs have a habit of voting for unusual outsiders. In Friday's election, one newcomer looks set to do particularly well: Andrej Babis, the country's second-richest man. Other favorites include a prince and a hard-line communist. By Jan Puhl in Prague more... Comment ]

The Love Train: Prague To Introduce Dating Cars on Subway

The Love Train: Prague To Introduce Dating Cars on Subway

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 22, 2013

Prague will soon play the role of matchmaker by introducing dating cars on the Czech Republic's only metro. With brief average ride times of about five minutes, though, can Cupid's arrow strike where it is needed? By James Kirchick more... Comment ]

Czeched Out: The Losers of Prague's Drug Liberalization

Czeched Out: The Losers of Prague's Drug Liberalization

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 15, 2013

The Czech Republic's 2010 decision to lower drug possession from a criminal to misdemeanor offense has turned the country into a mecca for drug users. The change has spawned a profitable sub-economy, but also come at a high social cost. By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Bad King Klaus: The Failings of a Czech President

Bad King Klaus: The Failings of a Czech President

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 27, 2013

Vaclav Klaus will leave office next week after a decade as president of the Czech Republic. Although he played an important role in his country's history, his legacy is likely to be marred by his controversial positions on the European Union, climate change and often blatant populism. By James Kirchick more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: Czech Election Won with Nationalism and Populism

The World from Berlin: Czech Election Won with Nationalism and Populism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2013

Is the new Czech president from the left wing or the right wing? Neither, say German commentators. Rather, Milos Zeman is a populist who stopped at nothing, not even at the reopening of historical wounds between his country and Germany, on his way to Prague Castle. more...

Presidential Election: Czech Voters Yearn for Substance over Scandal

Presidential Election: Czech Voters Yearn for Substance over Scandal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 28, 2012

For the first time since the Velvet Revolution, citizens in the Czech Republic will have the opportunity to vote directly for their head of state in two weeks. Former Prime Minister Milos Zeman is in the pole position. His tough-talking style appeals to Czechs who are tired of back room deals and a scandal-plagued leadership. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Czech Foreign Minister: 'We Have to Move Away from a Europe of Small Minds'

SPIEGEL Interview with Czech Foreign Minister: 'We Have to Move Away from a Europe of Small Minds'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 09, 2012

In a SPIEGEL interview, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg attacks European politicians for lacking vision, describes the resentment felt by small EU members at the dominance of Germany and France and warns the Germans against megalomania in their defense of the euro. more... Comment ]

Remembering Vaclav Havel: A Moral Giant among Pygmies

Remembering Vaclav Havel: A Moral Giant among Pygmies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 23, 2011

Since last Sunday, the world has been mourning the death of Vaclav Havel. The Czech leader led a rollercoaster life that saw him go from prison cells to palaces, from poetry to politics. In this personal remembrance from a SPIEGEL editor, Havel is remembered as a man who unflaggingly labored to "live within the truth." By Erich Follath more...

'Europe Has Become Poorer': A Continent Mourns the Passing of Vaclav Havel

'Europe Has Become Poorer': A Continent Mourns the Passing of Vaclav Havel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 19, 2011

Leaders from the Czech Republic, Europe and beyond have expressed their sorrow at the death of Velvet Revolution leader Vaclav Havel. Thousands gathered in the heart of Prague on Sunday evening to mourn the passing of one of the communist-era's greatest dissidents. more...

Eastern Europe's Scapegoats: Governments Turn Blind Eye to Violence Against Roma 

Eastern Europe's Scapegoats: Governments Turn Blind Eye to Violence Against Roma 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 28, 2011

It is a tragedy taking place in the heart of Europe. In many countries, Roma are being bullied by right-wing extremists, and racism against them is considered  acceptable in mainstream society. There is no sign of a strategy to solve the problem. By Keno Verseck more...