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02 апреля, 19:51

US hijacking mask shipments in rush for coronavirus protection

Fears of shortages are driving many countries to take increasingly devious measures to secure masks and testsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUS buyers waving wads of cash managed to wrest control of a consignment of masks as it was about to be dispatched from China to one of the worst-hit coronavirus areas of France, according to two French officials.The masks were on a plane at Shanghai airport that was ready to take off when the US buyers turned up and offered three times what their French counterparts were paying. Continue reading...

02 апреля, 13:23

E.U. Court Rules 3 Countries Violated Deal on Refugee Quotas

Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic failed to live up to their end of an agreement to distribute 160,000 asylum seekers who had arrived in Greece and Italy, the court said.

02 апреля, 13:14

EU court rules three member states broke law over refugee quotas

Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland failed to comply with 2015 programme, ECJ saysPoland, Hungary and the Czech Republic broke European law when they failed to give refuge to asylum seekers arriving in southern Europe, often having fled war in Syria and Iraq, the EU’s top court has ruled.The three central European countries now face possible fines for refusing to take a share of refugees, after EU leaders forced through mandatory quotas to relocate up to 160,000 asylum seekers at the height of the 2015 migration crisis. Continue reading...

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30 марта, 18:29

Czechs get to work making masks after government decree

Republic and Slovakia are only countries in Europe to make coronavirus mask-wearing mandatoryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCzech citizens have mobilised in a national effort to make and distribute home-made masks after the government decreed face-wear mandatory for everyone in an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic.The government, led by the prime minister, Andrej Babiš, has trumpeted mask-wearing as vital in controlling the spread of the virus and has urged other governments to follow suit. Continue reading...

29 марта, 12:54

Lack of testing raises fears of coronavirus surge in eastern Europe

Concerns health services could buckle and, in some countries, democracy could be further undermined Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOn the face of it, the map of Europe’s struggle with coronavirus suggests the prospects for the eastern half of the continent are much less grim than for the western half.The combined death toll to date across more than a dozen countries is less than the number of fatalities on any given recent day in Italy. The highest numbers of infections are in the Czech Republic and Poland, with 2,541 cases and 1,638 cases respectively, still a fraction of the numbers in most western European countries. Continue reading...

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16 марта, 09:00

The Painted Bird: 'My film isn't depraved. It's truthful'

Its shocking scenes had traumatised critics fighting for the exits. Yet those who stayed were moved by its portrayal of human evil – which director Václav Marhoul says is all too real It is not often a three-hour, black-and-white Czech film makes headlines in the British tabloids, but The Painted Bird earned that dubious honour last year. “Sickened film-goers brawl to escape premiere of Holocaust epic Painted Bird featuring brutal scenes of incest, rape and mutilation,” screamed the Sun. It forgot to mention the bestiality, but others didn’t. The Daily Mail described the film as “a panoply of depravity”. The Guardian reported viewers falling over each other as they rushed for the exits during the first public screening at the Venice film festival. The scene in which a man’s eyes are gouged out with a spoon was a tipping point for many.Speaking from his study in Prague, director Václav Marhoul recalls those moments with bemusement and exasperation. “In the first screening in Venice, it was 1,500 people and a maximum of 70 walked out,” he says. “That means that 1,430 people stayed. And the next day, from 1,200 people, maybe five left. And then journalists are writing about this massive walkout. I don’t understand it. It’s crazy!” Continue reading...

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14 марта, 21:01

Czech village razed by Hitler at heart of row on truth and history

Lidice’s survivors hit back at claims that Jewish woman was denounced to Nazis as academics resign over state interferenceFor more than three-quarters of a century, the story of Lidice has stood as haunting testimony of Czech suffering and victimhood at the hands of cruel Nazi occupiers.The village, 16 miles from Prague, was razed to the ground, its adult male population murdered and its women and children transported to concentration camps – where the majority died – after Adolf Hitler singled it out in retribution for the assassination in 1942 of Reinhard Heydrich, deputy leader of the SS, by British-trained Czech and Slovak resistance fighters. Continue reading...

13 марта, 15:59

Coronavirus latest: at a glance

A summary of the biggest developments in the global coronavirus outbreakFollow our latest coronavirus blog for live news and updatesKey developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include: Continue reading...

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13 марта, 15:00

Coronavirus cuts World senior team event while Carlsen extends run

Tournament stops after seven of nine rounds in Prague, while the No 1 wins in Norway to reach 121 games unbeatenThe world senior team championships for over-50s and over-65s finished prematurely in Prague on Thursday after seven of the nine rounds when the Czech government announced that groups of more than 30 people were banned. The United States team, which led the over-50s, agreed their four games with Iceland drawn after a few moves to ensure gold. England’s grandmasters were out of the team medals, but the captain, Glenn Flear, won the individual third board gold with an unbeaten 5.5/7.Two days earlier during the fifth round, the ban was only for groups of 100, which the chess organisers, on advice from the Deputy Health Minister, Professor Roman Prymula, escaped for the 400-strong championships by installing extra partitions. Continue reading...

25 января, 08:00

Overtourism in Europe's historic cities sparks backlash

Angry protests from residents in popular areas force city hall officials to take actionAcross Europe, historic cities are buckling. Mass tourism, encouraged by cash-hungry councils after the 2008 crash and fuelled by the explosion of cheap flights and online room rentals, has become a monster. The backlash, however, has begun.In the past decade, the number of low-cost airline seats available each year in Europe has risen by more than 10% annually, more than doubling to more than 500m. Continue reading...

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10 января, 20:08

Czech new wave director Ivan Passer dies aged 86

Passer was a key figure in the Czech new wave before moving to the US, where his best known film was the cult thriller Cutter’s WayIvan Passer, the film-maker who was a key figure in the Czech new wave and who went on to direct the thriller Cutter’s Way after emigrating to the US, has died aged 86. Variety reported that an associate of his family confirmed the news.Passer, who was born in Prague in 1933, spent his career inextricably associated with, and to some extent overshadowed by, his friend and fellow Czech director Miloš Forman. The pair met as schoolboys and studied together at the Prague Film Academy; they both became part of a group of film-makers who took advantage of a slight weakening of the communist government’s iron grip in the late 50s and early 60s. “We were all united, one way or another, with desire to expose the regime on the screen,” Passer told the LA Times. “And we got away with it because the regime was melting.” Continue reading...

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05 января, 11:02

China accused of buying influence after Czech billionaire funds PR push

Prague security services say the regime poses major threat as loan firm launches propaganda campaign to burnish Beijing’s imageThe Czech Republic’s richest man is at the centre of a suspected foreign influence campaign by the Chinese government after one of his businesses financed an attempt to boost China’s image in the central European country.In a development that has taken even seasoned sinologists aback, Home Credit – a domestic loans company owned by Petr Kellner that has lent an estimated £10bn to Chinese consumers – paid a PR firm to place articles in the local media giving a more positive picture of a country widely associated with political repression and human rights abuses. Continue reading...

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17 декабря 2019, 23:38

E.U. Lawmakers Condemn Subsidy Corruption but Disagree on What to Do

A Times investigation showed how oligarchs and political patrons make millions in farm subsidies. But the program is all but sacrosanct.

16 декабря 2019, 20:09

Islands in the illiberal storm: central European cities vow to stand together

Mayors of Prague, Warsaw, Bratislava and Budapest agree to protect common valuesThe mayors of four central European capitals signed a so-called “Pact of Free Cities” in Budapest on Monday, vowing to stand together against populist national governments in the region.Budapest’s mayor Gergely Karácsony was joined by his counterparts from Warsaw, Prague and Bratislava to sign the document, which promised to promote the “common values of freedom, human dignity, democracy, equality, rule of law, social justice, tolerance and cultural diversity”. Continue reading...

11 декабря 2019, 10:00

Who Keeps Europe’s Farm Billions Flowing? Often, Those Who Benefit

Conflict-of-interest rules are uneven. Influence-peddling is murky. The enormous E.U. subsidy program is built to keep the money moving.

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10 декабря 2019, 13:57

Gunman shoots dead six in Czech hospital then kills himself

Attack in hospital waiting room in Ostrava is deadliest mass shooting in country since 2015A gunman has killed six people in a hospital waiting room in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava before fleeing and fatally shooting himself.It was the worst shooting in the Czech Republic, where gun crime is relatively rare, since a man shot eight people dead and then killed himself at a restaurant in Uherský Brod in 2015. Continue reading...

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10 декабря 2019, 12:01

Czech Hospital Shooting Leaves at Least 6 Dead

A man who was believed to be the attacker killed himself as officers closed in, the authorities said. The shooting was the deadliest in the country since 2015.

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03 декабря 2019, 16:04

Milan Kundera's Czech citizenship restored after 40 years

The Unbearable Lightness of Being’s author has lived in France since fleeing communism in 1975, and has previously questioned ‘the notion of home’After more than 40 years in exile, Milan Kundera, the Czech-born author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, has been given back the citizenship of his homeland.Petr Drulák, the Czech Republic’s ambassador to France, told public television he visited the 90-year-old author in his Paris apartment last Thursday to hand deliver his citizenship certificate. Continue reading...

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02 декабря 2019, 15:45

Victims, not victors? The uniquely Czech debate over how to memorialise the Velvet Revolution

Prague has long an uneasy relationship with monuments to its history – but 30 years since the fall of the communist regime, that could be about to changeI used to think the saddest place in Prague was a prospect high above the Vltava River. It is a peaceful though somewhat neglected spot, buttressed by granite ramparts covered with graffiti and popular with families out for a stroll, skateboarders, joggers and tourists taking selfies against the backdrop of the city. At its centre is a gently mounded plateau, empty except for a giant metronome, soon to be taken down.The area has no name on current maps of Prague, but it was once known, in popular parlance, as “U Stalina” – Stalin’s place. In 1955, two years after the Soviet dictator’s death, a massive 50-foot high granite monument to him was unveiled on this spot, the largest representation of Stalin in the world. Commissioned in the late 1940s when Czechoslovakia was being turned into a Soviet satellite state, and already under construction as Stalin lay dying, the monstrous memorial remained in place until 1962 when, in the spirit of de-Stalinisation, it was blown to smithereens by the same regime that erected it. Continue reading...

29 ноября 2019, 17:11

Euro 2020: group-by-group analysis for next summer's tournament

All you need to know about the teams that have already qualified for the European Championship finals in 2020 Continue reading...