Czech Republic

VISEGRAD BLOG: Czechs are still in denial about communist rule

Robert Anderson in Prague November 3, 2022

The looming contest for the presidency between Pavel and Babis may serve to highlight their different attitudes to the communist past, while at the same time showing how some Czechs remain ambivalent.

Controls at the Czech-Slovak border could last until mid-December

Albin Sybera in Prague November 3, 2022

Slovak Interior Minister Roman Mikulec has described Czech controls as breaching the Schengen Treaty, adding that Czechia is also breaching Europe’s readmission treaty.

Czechia moves closer to passing new public media legislation

Albin Sybera November 2, 2022

Government bill is designed to strengthen the independence of public media and prevent the kind of pressure on them from parliament-appointed boards that has been criticised by international journalist organisations.

Czech holiday weekend sees a clash of demonstrations over Ukraine

Albin Sybera in Prague November 1, 2022

Third pro-Russian demonstration smaller than the previous rallies and was followed by a slightly larger demonstration “against fear” and in support of Ukraine.

Andrej Babis to stand for Czech presidency

Albin Sybera October 31, 2022

Controversial populist billionaire and former premier had scattered hints in recent months that he would propose another member of his party to stand, as opinion polls showed that he would lose a run-off.