And some water please. “With bubbles or without?” the grocer Jaroušek always used to ask. These days there are many more questions to be asked abut products we buy. Shopping has become a science as well as a platform for fighting for one’s rights. The most recent issue of Respekt has an article about coffee. There are so many decisions a Czech consumer today must make about his cup of coffee: Traditional Czech “Turkish” coffee or espresso? Large or small? This brand or that brand? (Because one type will be a darker and another a lighter roast, and some will have a more robusta or more arabica.) Like in good shops in London or Paris, good shops in Prague now
It is not necessary to possess any special information to get an idea of the management style of the Orco group. Public information will suffice. The company’s shares are falling quite steadily since mid-February 2007. In total they have fallen from CZK 3,700 to the current level, which we could say is more or less a hundred. Shares as a fetishIf we set January 2007 as the zero level, then we can say that PX 50 index has lost nearly 48% of its value. Orco has lost nearly 95%. Let us say that the “crisis in credibility” is affecting developers more than other segments of the economy (ECM has lost 86% of its values). Investors are simply more suspicious of
Can a small state like the Czech Republic assert itself thanks to the presidency on the European, let alone the world stage?
The Communists are prepared to repeat their 20-year-old apology to Czech citizens. But this reprise is not a sign of repentance or an admission of guilt or – at least to some small degree – an indication that such guilt even exists! Behind the first and the planned second “apology” is the Communists’ typical pragmatism. An effort to gain something, not to think about their identity or those they have harmed. In everyday speech, this is called hypocrisy. For the sake of accuracy, Marxist philosophers would have called this an intentionally-created “false consciousness”. This was so they could say that subjective motives are less important in these situations than an objective historical process that has a deeper goal (a chance
Mirek Topolánek’s vacation should be his own private matter. It should be a time for him to take a break from all the political battles and the constant pressure of responsibility that he experiences as a public figure. It should be a break from the attention of Czech media. But photos of Topolánek’s stay in Italy show that he was not on holiday, and therefore media have a duty to publish these photos. Topolánek – on yacht, wearing shorts – was actually working, surrounded by other hard-working, rich people. The fact that Topolánek’s “work” did little to help make politics more transparent is all the more reason why media should report on his vacation. Politicians’ holidays on the yachts of
Not too long ago, Václav Havel questioned the concept of “growth at all costs”. In doing so, he opened up a big topic, touching upon the pinnacle of our contemporary faith. Growth is is the maxim of our economy – and, one could almost say, our society – and he dared to doubt it. Just for the record: I have nothing against growth. I consider it natural – all that is alive grows. But only to a certain extent. We can expect a healthy child to grow taller, and rejoice over every new centimetre. But when the child grows into an adult, it would be silly to expect further growth. And to become angry over the person’s inability to grow
For the third time, Karel Schwarzenberg has switched parties, and he also didn’t fulfil his pledge that he would give up his beloved ministry post if he were forced to work with Jiří Čunek, a man suspected of corruption. But Schwarzenberg gets away with it. Having suspicions about this power- hungry prince runs tantamount to treason. Recently, a slightly different Karel Schwarzenberg appeared. This one exchanged Václav Havel’s truth and love for Miroslav Kalousek’s pragmatism. Or he just staked his reputation to an almost impossible objective: to combine these two approaches. “Somebody has to do that,” the 71-year-old former foreign minister said, explaining why he took charge of Kalousek’s Top 09, a new party full of old faces. “They asked
People’s interest in politics is falling, according to a recent survey by the polling agency CVVM. (While, in 2007, 50% of Czech were interested in politics, a year later it was only 46%.) The number of Czechs interested in EU politics, moreover, has fallen to a record low. Some 64% say they don’t care about political happenings in the EU. The statistics are even more discouraging when it comes to people’s willingness to go to the polls. According to the CVVM survey, only 40% of Czechs plan to vote in the upcoming European parliamentary elections. If you take a look at the election billboards posted across the country, the statistics are not so surprising. The country is chock-full of negative
Aromi Enoteca con Cucina is a relatively young establishment, but even so it has gained a reputation as of one of the best Italian restaurants in Prague.
Mick Jagger is coming to Prague at the invitation of his long-time fan and friend Václav Havel.