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    1. July 11, 2016

      The Unbearable Lightness of Being 'the Czech Republic'

      The Czech Republic has officially taken on the English name “Czechia” in a metamorphosis that Prague hopes will end two...

    2. Fast FT

      June 27, 2016

      No 'automatic' Swiss deal for the UK - France

      Britain has no guarantee of securing a Swiss-style arrangement that gives access to the single market with limits on...

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    1. Central Eastern Europe: Property

      Central and eastern Europe remains a risky place for investors in real estate. But for...
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    1. June 15, 2016

      EU push on tax avoidance threatened by Prague veto

      An EU push to narrow the kinds of tax loopholes exploited by companies in the LuxLeaks scandal is facing last-minute...

    2. Fast FT

      May 23, 2016

      Vienna Stock Exchange appoints new management

      Wiener Börse has appointed a new management team as it jostles for position as a key trading centre in Western Europe....

    3. May 1, 2016

      Czech coal group OKD prepares for possible bankruptcy

      The board of eastern Europe’s largest private coal miner will meet to discuss possible bankruptcy on Tuesday, as the...

    4. Fast FT

      April 25, 2016

      Czech Republic's largest private coal miner tipped into default

      The Czech Republic’s largest private coal miner has tipped into default after Prague refused to offer a financial...

    5. April 15, 2016

      Czech Republic considers name change to ‘Czechia’

      What’s in a name? asked William Shakespeare. For the Czech Republic, the answer seems to be fewer letters and more...

    6. Fast FT

      April 12, 2016

      Slovakian leg of Russian gas pipeline heads for IPO

      The Slovakian leg of Russian gas pipelines to Europe will be floated in an IPO by its Czech owners, after energy group...

    7. April 12, 2016

      Central and eastern Europe investors hold nerve as deals roll on

      It is a region marked by concerns over the actions of illiberal, populist governments, worried by clashes over policies...

    8. April 11, 2016

      General Electric to float Czech banking business

      General Electric plans to float its Czech banking business as the US conglomerate continues its push to dispose of...

    9. April 8, 2016

      Czech coal group’s future hangs in balance

      Eastern Europe’s largest private coal miner is teetering on the edge of possible bankruptcy or nationalisation as the...

    10. Fast FT

      February 29, 2016

      New World Resources bondholders seek talks with Prague

      A group of senior bondholders in New World Resources, the largest private coal miner in eastern Europe, have said they...

    11. February 24, 2016

      NWR seeks financial support from Czech government

      Eastern Europe’s largest private coal miner warned on Wednesday that it faces possible bankruptcy unless it secures...

    12. February 23, 2016

      Europe’s FDI destinations: the top 25

      The countries of central, eastern and southeastern Europe have made enormous economic strides in the past 15 years and...

    13. February 16, 2016

      Tusk warns of ‘extra mile to walk’ for agreement on Brexit plan

      European Council President Donald Tusk has warned there is “an extra mile to walk” to reach agreement over the UK’s...

    14. Fast FT

      February 16, 2016

      EU's Tusk: 'extra mile' to walk on UK deal

      European Council President Donald Tusk has warned there is “an extra mile to walk” to reach an agreement over the UK’s...

    15. February 15, 2016

      Central Europe states keep migrant heat on Athens

      Central European countries have deferred to March plans to demand that the border between Greece and the rest of EU be...

    16. Fast FT

      February 2, 2016

      Czech Republic gives green light to UK/EU deal

      Prague has voiced its support for the UK’s EU renegotiation proposals, the first Eastern state to back the plans in a...

    17. FT Photo Diary

      November 18, 2015

      Prague tribute

      A pedestrian pass by graffiti in honour to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks made by Kazakhstani artist called...

    18. September 14, 2015

      Café Slavia, Prague

      Where Smetanovo nábřeží 1012/2 WiFi Yes Plug sockets Yes Espresso Kc39 ($1.60) Open 8am-midnight; Sat-Sun from 9am...

    19. September 11, 2015

      Rightwing critics attack Merkel over asylum-seekers in Germany

      German chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to welcome hundreds of thousands of refugees into the country has come under...

    20. September 1, 2015

      Budapest becomes flashpoint as station is closed to migrants

      European leaders traded accusations of mismanagement and untruth on Tuesday as Budapest’s main railway station became...

    21. beyondbrics

      August 27, 2015

      Averting a new era of nuclear competition

      It was perhaps fortuitous that this month’s 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki followed...

    22. July 12, 2015

      Outsourcing tasks to virtual staff saves money and time

      Derek Sanders runs UK children’s drinks company I Mune. His administration and logistics assistant is in Macedonia, his...

    23. June 26, 2015

      Ludvík Vaculík, writer and dissident, 1926-2015

      On Thursday June 27 1968, three Czechoslovak newspapers and a literary weekly published “Two Thousand Words”, a...

    24. June 3, 2015

      Russia rewrites history of the Prague Spring

      According to an old Soviet joke, which alluded to the Communist party’s habit of rewriting history for ideological...

    25. March 20, 2015

      Flower gardeners should look to Europe for perennial possibilities

      Like money, gardening never sleeps. It is not only that weeds are always with us. So are new plants, new plans and the...

    26. February 9, 2015

      Czech president Milos Zeman in war of words over Russia stance

      When European leaders pleaded with Vladimir Putin to end the conflict in Ukraine at a conference in Milan last October,...

    27. FT Photo Diary

      November 17, 2014

      Czech president shown red card

      Filip Singer/EPA Protesters show symbolical red cards during a protest against President Miloš Zeman in Prague, Czech...

    28. October 26, 2014

      Verlobung im Traum, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany – review

      Without Hitler, the music we hear today would be different. There was little method in the madness of music banned and...

    29. October 17, 2014

      Coffee lover from the US who opened a roastery and café in Prague

      Charles Fleer recalls his first solo trip to Europe at the age of eight or nine. Born just outside Washington DC, and...

    30. October 15, 2014

      Germany: Memories of a Nation, British Museum, London – review

      Weighty moral questions lie at the heart of the British Museum’s new exhibition, Germany: Memories of a Nation. How is...

    31. FT Photo Diary

      October 13, 2014

      Polar bear of Prague

      David W Cerny/Reuters A woman walks past Greenpeace environmental activists dressed up as a polar bear in Prague. The...

    32. beyondbrics

      October 10, 2014

      Czech micro brewer hops on to independent beer boom

      Czechs are fiercely proud of their beer, and especially of the fast-growing range of varieties available from the...

    33. 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...

    34. October 7, 2014

      Czech media oligarchs consolidate press powers

      In one of his frequent outbursts against the Czech media, President Milos Zeman railed in September that it “usually...

    35. October 1, 2014

      Silicon Valley has lessons for the post-Soviet world

      Robert Noyce is not a household name. Perhaps he should be, as his work has helped create the modern world. Noyce, who...

    36. September 14, 2014

      Poland to withdraw from Visegrad defence radar project

      Poland is on the brink of pulling out of a joint defence project with its central European allies. Its withdrawal would...

    37. FT Photo Diary

      August 21, 2014

      Czechs remember Soviet occupation

      Filip Singer/EPA Soldiers place a wreath during a ceremony outside the Czech Radio building in Prague to commemorate...

    38. August 8, 2014

      Geology: an arching theory of rock erosion

      Geologists have long sought to explain the remarkable landforms such as arches, alcoves and pillars that are shaped by...

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