The Czech Republic’s Political Turnaround Isn’t a Liberal Victory
The democratic bloc ousted the populists, but it doesn’t signal a revolution.
Will Andrej Babis Rise Again?
Pandora Papers revelations aren’t likely to doom the billionaire Czech prime minister in this week’s elections.
Western Powers Need to Get More Creative Against Russia
The Czech Republic’s kerfuffle over diplomats demonstrates the need to think bigger—and smaller—when it comes to responding to cyberattacks.
Sputnik V’s Biggest Legacy May Be Political Turmoil
In Eastern European countries that have accepted the Russian vaccine, destabilization has followed.
They Conquered COVID-19. Now They’re Struggling.
From the Czech Republic and Germany to the Indian state of Kerala, governments that dealt decisively with the first wave of the coronavirus are drowning in the second wave.
Trump Turning More Countries in Europe Against Huawei
Slovakia joins other Eastern European countries signing declarations with Washington aimed at keeping China out of critical infrastructure.
The Czech Republic Is Caught in a Nuclear Tug of War
Competition among China, Russia, and the West is taking the form of a battle to build reactors in Eastern Europe.
Document of the Week: Czech Pol to China: Piss Off
A local Czech politician tells China’s foreign minister not to “open your trap” again about his country’s relations with Taiwan.
China’s Mask Diplomacy Won’t Work in the Czech Republic
Beijing is trying to use the pandemic to regain lost influence. It won’t be that easy.
How Slovakia Flattened the Curve
Without an intelligent quarantine in place, public trust and the media have been crucial to the country’s success.
As Putin Seeks to Reinvent History, Russia-Czech Relations Hit a New Low
Three Prague officials are under police protection following reports of a poison plot.
The End of Eastern Europe’s Great Liberal Hope
Slovakia’s progressive president was supposed to spur a regional revival of liberalism—now her party has even failed to qualify for parliament. What went wrong?
Marian Kotleba Wants to Make Slovakia Fascist Again
A party of right-wing extremists is trying to ride a wave of youth support to reshape Slovakia’s government.
Slovakia Faces a Stark Choice
A historic murder trial ahead of parliamentary elections could boost liberal democratic forces over the populist ruling party.
Vladimir Putin Wants to Rewrite the History of World War II
The Russian president’s amateur history lessons are outraging neighboring countries. While he is right to criticize a recent EU Parliament resolution, his historical revisionism doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.
Europe’s Populist Governments Have a Problem: Their Capitals
City-level opposition could be the key to defeating populism in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and beyond.
Why Poland’s Populists Keep Winning
PiS won by offering provincial voters social benefits that transformed their lives. If Poland’s opposition wants to defeat the illiberal ruling party, it will have to offer an alternative welfare state model.