Category: Politics

Havel’s Heritage Pronounced Dead

The new president will be Miloš Zeman. Václav Klaus commented on the result that “Truth and love defeated lie and hatred”. By “lie and hatred” he meant not only Zeman’s opponent Schwarzenberg – who...

Segregation of Political Camps

Some updates on the election campaign. The acting president Václav Klaus has decided to support Zeman because of his rival’s foreign connections – notable Schwarzenberg’s wife Therese who doesn’t speak Czech. On the other hand,...

by ahaonline.cz

The Battle for the Castle

Tomio is out and the battle can begin. The first direct presidential election in the Czech Republic is colorful like a fairy tale, full of goblins, princes and even a dark lord. The still...

Cheap Shopping at Rich Neighbours

While the average salary in the Czech Republic is less than half of that in Western Europe, prices tend to be here comparably high. In Berlin, for instance, you work 14 hours to afford...

Czech Gambling Epidemic

An interesting write-up about the Czech gambling phenomena and why Czech slot machines are a touchstone for democracy. Photo: Sam Beckwith @ Flickr

Havel's Heart at the European Parliament, from EP @ Flickr

Havel’s Heart in Brussels

Havel’s neon heart from the Prague castle can now be seen in Brussels at the EU Parliament. “Truth and love must win over lies and hatred!” – was the motto of Václav Havel, the...

The Prague Don’ts: Czechoslovakia

No, it is not Czechoslovakia. It is the Czech Republic, and it is Slovakia. Even though … The Czechs simply reused the flag. The Czechs also reused the capital. The Czechs even reused the...

Air Raid Sirens in Prague

Every first Wednesday of the month at noon, public life in the Czech Republic is absorbed by the wailing of air raid sirens, followed by an announcement assuring us that this is not about a real threat.

Travel Agency Offers Tours to Discover Corruption

I love those initiatives with a healthy dose of irony and black humor that lend a voice to people’s minds where democracy tries to silence them. The latest is CorruptTour, a “tour operator” that...