Despite legal restrictions, more Czech parents are giving their babies nontraditional names.
One could bet one’s own salary on it. A female minister is ending in the cabinet – evidence that women do not fit into politics, unpredictable female deputies have a hold over the government – and here you have it again, they are simply not genetically equipped for it. On the weekend, the Social Democrats did not succeed in electing a vice-chairwoman as set by the party statutes, and this time the quotas were to pay for it – a tool that political parties normally use to help women in politics. But it is not like that at all. The Social Democratic embarrassment is not proof that quotas do not work. The incumbent vice-chairwoman and at first the only candidate
One of the most beautiful Prague gardens is opening again after the winter break – Valdstein garden on the Senate grounds. A unique collection of sculptures, statues of horses and the Sala terrena with a fountain are available to visitors. The Senate office also offers guide services to tourists. This might at first seem like very positive information. The guide, however, has to be booked in advance and is offered in Czech language only. A pity! Our country began to open up slowly during Czech EU presidency, we started to communicate more in foreign languages and so present our country more. And we have things to offer. It wasn’t only the sugar cube that our ancestors invented. They have also
“Nothing can be ruled out completely,” says Otmar Issing, German professor of economics and a member of the European Central Bank governing board. “But it will not happen, the euro will not disappear. The costs would be enormous and countries would lose on that in the end.” Issing knows what he’s talking about. His book about the future of the euro is regarded as the best piece of work of its kind. But Issing admits that many things have turned the wrong way up since the book came out nearly a year ago. There are even unofficial opinions in Brussels saying that some countries might want to leave the eurozone. “This is indisputably the most difficult moment since the euro
From the very beginning, the Czech presidency had to deal with the burden of “2G” – the two crises: Gaza and gas. The bombing of Israel and the couner strike in the Gaza strip, as well as the interrupted supplies of Russian gas via Ukraine required an immediate reaction. In both cases, the Czech presidency, together with the European Commission and backed by EU countries, launched diplomatic missions in the Middle East and in Kiev and Moscow. The rapid reaction of the Czech government was to a great extent enabled not only by its geographical location and historical experience, but also by the main presidency priority – we have called energy security a top priority long before 1 January despite
The party riding on Miloš Zeman’s wave of popularity, the Zeman’s People (SPOZ), looks for young politicians at nightclubs and in the Moravian Karst.
Moravian winemakers look for the path towards “big” wine.
The weakness of the open letters and petitions often lies in their colourless vocabulary and content representing the point of concurrence of the opinions of the individual petitioners. That is not the case of the letter by former presidents of central and eastern European countries to Obama’s administration signed last week by people like Havel, Walesa, Kwasniewski, Adamkus and Constantinescu. All representatives of one political generation. Disregarding the fact that the text, where Czech authorship can be felt, has little chance of influencing the US president’s policy it still has a great importance. Thanks to clear vocabulary and opinions it offers a surprisingly insightful analysis of the current state of affairs that even the top think tanks needn’t be ashamed
In connection with the proposed dissolution of the Communist Party filed to the Supreme Administrative Court by a group of senators headed by Jaromír Štětina, Interior Ministry’s officials presented the government with a danger assessment of the Communist Party for democracy. And their verdict is negative, advising the government not to endorse the senators’ proposal because, apparently, the Communists don’t pose a threat to democracy. As evidence, officials point to the party’s 20-year existence on the political scene, 13% voter support and the vague and cautious public announcements made by party heads about the return of socialism that evade legal prosecution. But it’s not all that easy. During their two years in office, senators have collected 76 proofs to the
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