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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
How an Internet Impostor Exposed the Underbelly of the Czech Media
When politicians own the press, trolls have the last laugh.
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.
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.