Vaclav Klaus's controversial amnesty
Thursday, 17 January 2013 15:50

IF this was an attempt at a noble gesture before leaving office, it clearly failed. On New Year's Day, just nine weeks before the end of his second term, the Czech Republic's president, Václav Klaus (pictured above), granted a broad amnesty that has sparked unceasing outrage.
The outgoing president showed mercy to small-time crooks and elderly...

Trivia and sleaze
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 17:20


IN an editorial-page article last year for the The Wall Street Journal, Tom Gallagher, an author and Romania expert, wrote

“Romania’s media—for a time one of the most independent-minded press corps to be found in ex-Soviet Europe—is once again in the grip of the old guard, who are given to laying off journalists en masse when they write some...

Remembrance of the recent past
Monday, 14 January 2013 17:15

AN INCREASINGLY vicious quarrel between Serbs and Albanians in south Serbia is threatening to spin out of control. In the next few days, either workmen protected by Serbian police will demolish an Albanian war memorial in the town of Presevo or a last ditch deal will see it moved to another location.

The Presevo dispute is the latest, but by far...

Schwarzenberg vs Zeman
Sunday, 13 January 2013 18:20

TWO elder statesmen will face off in the race to succeed Václav Klaus, the Eurosceptic president, in a shift that is likely to make the country much more pro-European, at least rhetorically.

Miloš Zeman, a former prime minister, narrowly outpaced Karel Schwarzenberg, the foreign minister, during the first round of voting that concluded January ...

Czechs embark upon an historic vote
Friday, 11 January 2013 16:53

A STATISTICIAN, an aristocrat and a composer tattooed from head to toe are some of the candidates running in the Czech Republic's first-ever presidential election

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