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  1. November 28, 2013

    Informant claims from communist era haunt Czech politics

    Almost a quarter century after the Velvet Revolution swept Czechoslovakia’s communists from power, the betrayals and morally...

  2. March 6, 2013

    Klaus ends presidency accused of treason

    Václav Klaus ends a decade as Czech head of state on Thursday facing charges of treason. The senate ruled that Mr Klaus...

  1. January 26, 2013

    Zeman wins Czech presidential election

    PRAGUE, January 26 – Leftist former prime minister Milos Zeman won the Czech Republic’s first direct presidential election...

  2. January 21, 2013

    Aristocrat reaches out to Czech youth

    At first glance, Karel Schwarzenberg, the Czech Republic’s richest aristocrat and its foreign minister, may appear to be an...

  3. January 10, 2013

    Czech vote set to bring in pro-EU leader

    Whoever wins the election, the new Czech leader will be greeted with relief in Europe because it will see the end of Vaclav...

  4. August 20, 2012

    Pussy Riot can rock the Kremlin to its foundations

    Congratulations Vladimir Putin. Just four months back in the Kremlin and you have inflicted the worst blow to Russia’s...

  5. March 16, 2012

    The Diary: Jan Dalley

    If you find yourself sitting next to a stranger at some function, and the conversation is less than sparkling, try saying...

  6. February 14, 2012

    Czech group warns Prague of isolation from EU

    The Czech government’s decision to sit out the eurozone's fiscal pact together with the UK is coming under fire within the...

  7. December 20, 2011

    Spontaneity or slogans: the lessons of Václav Havel’s greengrocer

    Václav Havel, the first and only president of post-communist Czechoslovakia, died last week. The central figure of his...

  8. December 18, 2011

    Hero of velvet revolution Václav Havel dies

    Václav Havel, playwright, philosopher and president of the Czech Republic, who has died aged 75, played not just a central...

  9. September 9, 2011

    The Conspirators, Orange Tree Rheatre, Richmond, Surrey

    1971 saw the birth of the Orange Tree Theatre – then in a room above a pub across the road from the present handsome...

  10. July 19, 2011

    Berlin and Moscow leaders foster trade ties

    Germany and Russia on Tuesday signed a series of agreements to boost their trade and investment ties, promising to work...

  11. July 17, 2011

    German snub for Putin as prize withdrawn

    Vladimir Putin has received an embarrassing snub on the eve of high-level talks between Moscow and Berlin after the...

  12. June 24, 2011

    Economics of Good and Evil

    Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street, by Tomas Sedlacek, Oxford...

  13. January 5, 2011

    Expanding your list of literary leaders

    From Mr Elihu Shayne Ferguson. The playwright: Vaclav Havel Sir, In John Thornhill’s discussion of political leaders who...

  14. December 25, 2009

    Chinese dissident sentenced to 11 years in jail

    One of China’s leading dissidents was sentenced to 11 years in jail on Friday for “inciting subversion of state power”,...

  15. December 24, 2009

    Dissident trial puts Beijing in conflict with west

    One of China's leading dissidents went on trial yesterday for "inciting subversion of state power", charges that have...

  16. December 23, 2009

    Chinese dissident tried for subversion

    One of China’s leading dissidents went on trial on Wednesday for “inciting subversion of state power”, charges that have...

  17. December 13, 2009

    Past imperfect, future tense

    The countries of central and eastern Europe have had much to commemorate this year – the 70th anniversary of the start of...

  18. December 11, 2009

    Chinese must beware the power of

    Passing by Tiananmen Square days after the 60th birthday extravaganza for the People's Republic of China in October, it was...

  19. November 18, 2009

    Student protests re-enacted

    Thousands of Czechs took to the streets yesterday in a re-enactment of the student protests 20 years ago that led to the...

  20. October 13, 2009

    Posturing Klaus

    Vaclav Klaus has taken his provocative brand of self-serving contrarianism too far. The Czech president’s obstruction of the...

  21. October 5, 2009

    Prickly president poised to put pragmatism first

    Being a Czech politician is not usually a recipe for gaining international fame, but Vaclav Klaus has long used his mainly...

  22. October 4, 2009

    Prickly president set to take pragmatic step

    Being a Czech politician is not usually a recipe for gaining international fame, but Vaclav Klaus has long used his mainly...

  23. January 14, 2009

    Weasel words have the teeth to kill great ventures

    Vaclav Havel, dissident, poet and playwright, was the first post-communist president of the Czech Republic. In a famous...

  24. January 13, 2009

    Weasel words have teeth to kill great ventures

    Vaclav Havel, dissident, poet and playwright, was the first post-communist president of the Czech Republic. In a famous...

  25. January 9, 2009

    Europe's defiant party pooper

    Tony Barber (Brussels blog): On Wednesday evening in Prague arrived the moment pro-European Union Czechs had been dreading....

  26. December 9, 2008

    Note to Europe: we are not all saints

    Brussels blog (Tony Barber): One of the pleasures of the Czech Republic's forthcoming presidency of the European Union will...

  27. November 27, 2008

    European leaders pressed on Congo

    An eclectic group of former presidents, financiers, writers and diplomats appealed yesterday to Gordon Brown, UK prime...

  28. October 25, 2008

    Theatre - Sarah Hemming & Ian Shuttleworth

    To Be Straight With You Lyttelton, National Theatre, London SE1 Astonishingly, Lloyd Newson's uncompromising dance-theatre...

  29. September 20, 2008

    Theatre Sarah Hemming & Ian Shuttleworth

    Leaving Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond A major coup for the Orange Tree: the British premiere of Vaclav Havel's new play,...

  30. January 22, 2008

    Look beyond Blair

    The prospect of Tony Blair as a candidate to be the European Union's first full-time president, backed by France's Nicolas...

  31. November 3, 2007

    Reporting: Writings from The New Yorker

    Paperbacks Reporting: Writings from The New Yorker by David Remnick Picador £9.99 FT bookshop price: £7.99 Few writers can...

  32. November 3, 2007

    Reporting

    Reporting: Writings from The New Yorker By David Remnick Picador £9.99 FT bookshop price: £7.99 Few writers can write just...

  33. August 23, 2007

    Former Czech PM respected by peers

    Josef Tosovsky, a former Czech central bank governor and prime minister, is a well respected banker with a good reputation...

  34. August 22, 2007

    Former Czech PM is backed by Russia

    Josef Tosovsky, a former Czech central bank governor and prime minister, is a well respected banker with a good reputation...

  35. August 11, 2007

    Crushed velvet

    Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi by Justin Wintle Hutchinson £18.99, 480 pages FT bookshop price: £15.19 Imagine...

  36. January 28, 2007

    The Plastic People of the Universe, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

    As blurbs go, “the only rock group to have altered the course of European history” is pretty much unbeatable. It was the...

  37. May 8, 2006

    Americans are growing on me, says Havel

    Vaclav Havel, the former president and dissident playwright who led Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution, tells of the...

  38. May 5, 2006

    European coffee drinkers, rejoice

    Allow me to take this opportunity to wish you a happy Schuman Day. It is a little early but if I do not do it now you might...

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