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Czech Republic joins EU climate neutrality goal

The Czech Republic has officially signed up to the European Union’s goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, local Hospodarske Noviny daily reported. In a letter sent by Environment Minister Richard Brabec (ANO) to the European Commission and EU member states, the Czech Republic officially backed the EU’s ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to […]

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Manifesto for a sustainable and neighbourly Prague

As the Covid-19 pandemic forces us to rethink our lifestyle, more than 30 local organisations called on the Prague city hall, the local municipalities and the Prague Institute for Urban Planning and Development (IPR) to launch public discussions to debate the city’s future. Among other suggestions, the signatories of this public manifesto for a sustainable […]

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Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia face “catastrophic” droughts

The Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia are facing historic droughts threatening their agricultural sector, water resources and putting entire communities at risk. Czech Republic faces worst drought in 500 years Earlier this week, Environment Minister Richard Brabec said that the Czech Republic was facing its worst drought in 500 years. “We are facing an unprecedented drought period, […]

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What’s in a name? Understanding the Czech Republic vs. Czechia

This week, Kafkadesk spoke with Petr Pavlínek, member of the Civic Initiative Czechia (Občanská iniciativa Česko), an organization that stands on the frontline of the decades-long debate surrounding the country’s name. So, the moment has come to settle this once and for all: Should you use ‘Czechia’ or ‘the Czech Republic’? Hello Petr! Can you first tell us […]

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Czech and Slovak Oscar Wins and Nominations Throughout the Years

South Korean film Parasite made history by becoming the first non-English language film to be named best picture at the Oscars. Bong Joon-ho’s thriller also won best international feature film, beating Poland’s Corpus Christi, as well as best director, and  best original screenplay. This week, Kafkadesk looks back at all the previous Central European nominations for the Academy Award for Best […]

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Interview: A behind-the-scenes look at the former Eastern bloc’s secret police

With the fall of the Iron Curtain at the end of 1989 came the collapse of the communist regimes of the Eastern bloc and of their institutions. Among them, the ‘secret’ political police of socialist republics were probably the most well-known, including in the West. East-Germany’s Stasi, Romania’s Securitate, Czechoslovakia’s StB, Poland’s SB or Hungary’s ÁVH have been the subject of many […]

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Protests to resume next month to ‘defend democratic institutions’