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    1. October 7, 2014

      Pragmatism may soon give cynicism a run for its money

      In his 1970 absurdist novel White Book, dissident author Pavel Kohout told the tale of a gym teacher who, without wishing to...

    2. beyondbrics

      April 26, 2013

      Poland-Czech-euro: date or no date?

      Poland and the Czech Republic seem to be heading in different directions over the euro. The Czech Republic has long been one...

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    1. Investing in the Czech Republic

      Czechs want to innovate their way to growth, leaving behind a history of manufacturing...
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    1. 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...

    2. beyondbrics

      January 31, 2013

      What investors need to know about the new Czech president

      What does Milos Zeman mean for business? The Czech president-elect does not have much direct power over his country’s...

    3. January 27, 2013

      Zeman wins Czech presidential election

      The Czech Republic's first direct presidential election was won by Milos Zeman, a leftwing former premier expected to steer...

    4. 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...

    5. January 25, 2013

      Czech poll descends into anti-German insults

      A bad-tempered election campaign tinged with anti-German and class-war sentiments came to a close in the Czech Republic as...

    6. 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...

    7. January 13, 2013

      Austerity colours Czech presidential poll

      The final round of the Czech Republic's presidential election will be a contest between Milos Zeman, a former leftwing prime...

    8. 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...

    9. beyondbrics

      November 7, 2012

      Czech tax hike: political cat and mouse

      The Czechs have become regional specialists in drawn-out and inconclusive political crises, the latest iteration of which...

    10. beyondbrics

      October 26, 2012

      Relaxed Poles vs austere Czechs

      Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski (R) with Czech counterpart Vaclav Klaus If the IMF wants hard proof that its previous...

    11. October 14, 2012

      Communists win Czech local elections

      Czech voters have repudiated their centre-right government’s austerity policies, handing the left, including a resurgent...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. November 21, 2011

      Czech sleaze stymies investment, business warns

      The Czech Republic’s failure to stamp out corruption is threatening investment at a time when the economy is slowing, one of...

    15. beyondbrics

      October 13, 2011

      Czechs enjoy Slovak euro drama

      What’s Czech for schadenfreude? That’s probably the best word for the ripples of joy coursing through chunks of the Czech...

    16. June 16, 2011

      Czech transport workers strike over austerity

      Transport workers in the Czech Republic staged a nationwide 24-hour strike on Thursday, throwing urban transit and railways...

    17. June 12, 2011

      Eastern Europe pushes back euro adoption

      Ask Traian Basescu, Romania’s president, when the country plans to join the euro, and his answer is adamant. The target date...

    18. November 29, 2010

      Prague relieved as currency storms pass it by

      The crisis in the eurozone has pummelled eastern European currencies, with risk-averse investors wondering which of the...

    19. October 21, 2010

      Deficit should be a policy variable

      Very near the beginning of his speech introducing the comprehensive spending review, George Osborne attempted to frame the...

    20. Money Supply

      June 29, 2010

      Bank economist to join Czech cenbank board

      Euroskeptic and on the dovish wing: that’s the quick profile of the newest member of the central bank board, Kamil Janacek....

    21. June 28, 2010

      Necas sworn in as Czech prime minister

      Petr Necas, leader of the Czech Republic’s centre-right Civic Democrats, was sworn in as the new prime minister on Monday by...

    22. February 25, 2010

      Czechoslovakians set a fine example

      From Prof Jeffrey Frankel. Sir, David Green (Letters, February 23) is right: disentangling a full currency union such as...

    23. December 8, 2009

      Political turmoil unsettles recovery

      The Czech Republic is sluggishly emerging from its worst recession since it became a market economy two decades ago, but the...

    24. 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...

    25. November 6, 2009

      Cameron in fairyland

      The Lisbon treaty will come into force, at long last, on December 1 after the Czech constitutional court this week abruptly...

    26. November 6, 2009

      Britain and Europe still oceans apart

      Tony Barber: The distance separating Britain's perceptions of the European Union from those of its continental partners is...

    27. November 5, 2009

      UK's opposition party seeks low-key president

      When will the treaty come into force? Vaclav Klaus, the Czech president, signed the treaty on Tuesday. Sweden, which holds...

    28. November 4, 2009

      Q&A: The Lisbon treaty

      When will the treaty come into force? Vaclav Klaus, the Czech president, signed the treaty on Tuesday. Sweden, which holds...

    29. November 4, 2009

      EU will act quickly to appoint president

      The European Union's 27 heads of state and government will move swiftly to appoint the bloc's first full-time president...

    30. November 3, 2009

      EU to act quickly to appoint president

      The European Union’s 27 heads of state and government will move swiftly to appoint the bloc’s first full-time president...

    31. November 3, 2009

      Blair lobbies directly for EU presidency

      Tony Blair, the former prime minister, has attempted to revive his fading prospects of becoming the European Union’s first...

    32. November 3, 2009

      Czech president signs Lisbon treaty

      Vaclav Klaus, Czech president, signed the Lisbon treaty on Tuesday, ending a year-long stalemate with his fellow EU leaders...

    33. November 3, 2009

      Cameron set to rule out Lisbon vote

      David Cameron is poised to rule out a referendum on the Lisbon treaty according to Conservative insiders. They said an...

    34. November 2, 2009

      Cameron set to rule out Lisbon vote

      David Cameron is poised to rule out a referendum on the Lisbon treaty, according to Conservative insiders. They said an...

    35. October 28, 2009

      Limping to Lisbon

      The spectacle of the European Union limping its way towards final ratification of the Lisbon reform treaty by all 27...

    36. October 28, 2009

      Czech court delays ruling on Lisbon treaty

      The Czech constitutional court yesterday adjourned a hearing on whether the Lisbon treaty violates the constitution until...

    37. October 28, 2009

      Race to be European president heats up

      The race to become the first president of the European Union intensified yesterday, when Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg's...

    38. October 27, 2009

      Limping to Lisbon

      The spectacle of the European Union limping its way towards final ratification of the Lisbon reform treaty by all 27 members...

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