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Locals in Auckland, New Zealand, pay their respects on March 22, a week after the Christchurch mosque shootings. (Michelle Hyslop/AFP/Getty Images)

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Pakistan’s military boom is an economic bust, and looking back on the Christchurch attack.

Participants at a gay pride festival in Prague celebrate on Aug. 17, 2013. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

Can the Czech Republic Tear Down Europe’s Rainbow Curtain?

Eastern Europe has long resisted same-sex marriage. Prague might be about to change that.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis arrives at the European Council in Brussels on Oct. 18, 2018. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

Irony Is the Secret to Saving Democracy

How has the Czech Republic avoided the nationalist populism tearing apart Poland and Hungary? By not taking itself too seriously.

Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks at a debate at Zofin Palace on May 22, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Nationalist Internationale Is Crumbling

Steve Bannon is trying to sell Trumpism to Eastern Europeans—but shared ideologies die hard when they run into economic and military realities.

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hand with Czech President Milos Zeman in Prague on March 29, 2016. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

Prague Opened the Door to Chinese Influence. Now It May Need to Change Course.

The fall of a shadowy Chinese oil magnate may bring a reckoning to cozy Czech-Chinese relations.

Investigators collate forensic samples near the Maltings shopping center in Salisbury, England, on March 16, as investigations continue after a former Russian spy and his daughter were apparently poisoned in a nerve agent attack on March 4.
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Putin Is Poisoning Prague

Russian corruption starts small but quickly spreads.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers a speech in front of the National Museum of Budapest on March 15, 2015.

Hungary and Poland Aren’t Democratic. They’re Authoritarian.

Central Europe’s populist revolt against the EU isn’t about safeguarding the West. It’s about rolling back freedoms and cozying up to Russia.

Czech President and presidential candidate in next Czech presidential election Milos Zeman addresses a press conference announcing a petition to support his presidential candidacy on Nov. 6, 2017 in Prague. (Micahl Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

If a President Is Dying, and Nobody Says Anything, Does It Make a Sound?

The Czech Republic's populist president is running for re-election — and his ailing health is an open secret.

Andrej Babis during the parliamentary campaign in Oct. 2017. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Americans Should (Maybe) Worry About Czech Elections

Is Prague about to toss out liberal values? It’s complicated.

Andrej Babis near Prague on Oct. 04, 2017. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the Czech Republic Falling Under Putin’s Shadow?

Central Europe and the Balkans are slowly but surely slipping away from the West’s embrace.

The silhouette of Saint Vitus Cathedral (L), a part of the Prague Castle is seen on April 20, 2015 as the sun sets in the Czech capital. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK        (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

The Brief Life, and Looming Death, of Europe’s ‘SWAT Team for Truth’

The Czech Republic launched the continent’s first center to combat fake news in January. It might not survive the year.

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Americans, Need Help in Syria? Call the Czechs.

Prague parlays its unique position in Syria into being America's protecting power.

A Czech Republic fan looks out from the Czech national flag during the first round World group of Davis Cup between Czech Republic and  Kazakhstan at the Ostrava's Cez Arena on March 5, 2011, in North Moravia. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Happy Birthday, Marie Jana Korbelova

The Czech Embassy celebrates one of its own.

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For a Russia-Friendly Town, Eastern Europeans Love Trump’s Washington

The Trump administration offered a bear hug to Moscow. But the countries that should have scared the most are thrilled with Trump so far.

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Likely Next Czech Prime Minister Will Get Along Great With Trump

Americans may find the probable next Czech prime minister eerily familiar.

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