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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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