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Leaders of the Czech democratic bloc deliver a speech after elections in Prague.
Leaders of the Czech democratic bloc deliver a speech after elections in Prague.

The Czech Republic’s Political Turnaround Isn’t a Liberal Victory

The democratic bloc ousted the populists, but it doesn’t signal a revolution.

A man stands by a campaign poster for Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
A man stands by a campaign poster for Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis.

Will Andrej Babis Rise Again?

Pandora Papers revelations aren’t likely to doom the billionaire Czech prime minister in this week’s elections.

Members of the Czech Embassy in Russia arrive at the airport.
Members of the Czech Embassy in Russia arrive at the airport.

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.

A Slovak Armed Forces aircraft unloads doses of the Sputnik V vaccine at the Kosice International Airport in Slovakia, on March 1.
A Slovak Armed Forces aircraft unloads doses of the Sputnik V vaccine at the Kosice International Airport in Slovakia, on March 1.

Sputnik V’s Biggest Legacy May Be Political Turmoil

In Eastern European countries that have accepted the Russian vaccine, destabilization has followed.

A partially-masked man walks in Pfarrkirchen, a town in Bavaria, on Oct. 27 after a local lockdown was imposed.
A partially-masked man walks in Pfarrkirchen, a town in Bavaria, on Oct. 27 after a local lockdown was imposed.

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.

Chinese telecom giant Huawei kiosk seen at tech event in Portugal.
Chinese telecom giant Huawei kiosk seen at tech event in Portugal.

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 cooling towers of the Dukovany nuclear power plant are seen during a nuclear accident exercise near Brno, Czech Republic, on March 26, 2013.
The cooling towers of the Dukovany nuclear power plant are seen during a nuclear accident exercise near Brno, Czech Republic, on March 26, 2013.

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.

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czech-china-prc-document-of-the-week

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.

Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Jan Hamacek (third from left) speaks at Prague Airport in the Czech Republic on March 20. A China Eastern Airlines plane carrying 1.1 million respirators purchased by the Czech Republic from China is behind him.
Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Jan Hamacek (third from left) speaks at Prague Airport in the Czech Republic on March 20. A China Eastern Airlines plane carrying 1.1 million respirators purchased by the Czech Republic from China is behind him.

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.

People outside after Slovakia's government loosens coronavirus restrictions.
People outside after Slovakia's government loosens coronavirus restrictions.

How Slovakia Flattened the Curve

Without an intelligent quarantine in place, public trust and the media have been crucial to the country’s success.

Workers load a statue of the controversial Soviet army marshal Ivan Konev onto a truck after it was removed from a Prague park on April 3.
Workers load a statue of the controversial Soviet army marshal Ivan Konev onto a truck after it was removed from a Prague park on April 3.

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.

Slovak President Zuzana Caputova arrives for a welcome ceremony by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Schloss Bellevue in Berlin on Aug. 21, 2019.
Slovak President Zuzana Caputova arrives for a welcome ceremony by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Schloss Bellevue in Berlin on Aug. 21, 2019.

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, the leader of the right nationalist People's Party-Our Slovakia, walks to his seat during the introduction of delegates to the parliament in Bratislava on March 11, 2016.
Marian Kotleba, the leader of the right nationalist People's Party-Our Slovakia, walks to his seat during the introduction of delegates to the parliament in Bratislava on March 11, 2016.

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.

Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, the Ordinary People party leader Igor Matovic, and the far-right People's Party-Our Slovakia leader Marian Kotleba await the start of the parliamentary election TV debate in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Feb. 20.
Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, the Ordinary People party leader Igor Matovic, and the far-right People's Party-Our Slovakia leader Marian Kotleba await the start of the parliamentary election TV debate in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Feb. 20.

Slovakia Faces a Stark Choice

A historic murder trial ahead of parliamentary elections could boost liberal democratic forces over the populist ruling party.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying ceremony on the 75th anniversary of the Leningrad siege near St. Petersburg on Jan. 18.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying ceremony on the 75th anniversary of the Leningrad siege near St. Petersburg on Jan. 18.

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.

Gergely Karacsony addresses an audience in Budapest, Hungary, after his victory in the capital city's mayoral election.
Gergely Karacsony addresses an audience in Budapest, Hungary, after his victory in the capital city's mayoral election.

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.

Participants seen holding flags during the National Rosary
Participants seen holding flags during the National Rosary

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.

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