An angry electorate
Friday, 25 October 2013 15:53

SHOULD polling prove accurate, Communists, an alleged Communist secret agent and a “proto-fascist” movement will be among the power brokers in the anticipated chaotic aftermath of Czech elections on October 25th and 26th. Fuelled by an angry electorate, unclear results would make Miloš Zeman (pictured), the president, one of the big winners.


Wounds of the past
Monday, 21 October 2013 18:59

A POLISH art student provoked a hiccup in the often difficult relations between his nation and Russia last week. Jerzy Bohdan Szumczyk, 26, a student at Gdansk's Fine Arts Academy, placed a sculpture called "Komm, Frau" (Come, Woman), depicting a Red Army soldier raping a pregnant German woman while holding her hair and putting a gun to her head,...

The bear and the land of tulips
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 13:30

“THE Netherlands-Russia year 2013” could have passed pretty much unnoticed . Russia has a habit of declaring years to strengthen bilateral friendships culturally, socially and economically—and nothing much happens. Yet this particular year seems to be different thanks to a diplomatic soap opera.

First tensions emerged when the crew of a Greenpeace...

A popular president
Monday, 14 October 2013 17:50

POPULAR politicians are something of a rare species in Poland. A passionate—or even spiteful—political environment often means that a politician may be liked and respected by one group but loathed and despised by another. It is hard for anyone to be viewed kindly by both camps.

One of the few who have managed to achieve this is Bronislaw Komorowski...

Venice flood barriers pass test
Saturday, 12 October 2013 19:12
Venice flood barriers pass testThe integrated system consists of rows of mobile gates installed at the entrance to the lagoon to protect the city from high tides

Barriers designed to protect the Italian city of Venice from flooding during high tides have been successfully tested for the first time.

Four large...

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