Cities in Central and Eastern Europe are becoming promoters of democratic values, even when central governments are acting otherwise.
Young people can’t contract the coronavirus. Military helicopters can kill it with pesticides. Onions in the house can ward it off. These are just some of the myths circulating around Central Europe since the start of the pandemic. And, like the coronavirus itself, misinformation has only continued to spread as time wears on. To help separate fact from fiction, initiatives have cropped up in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia.
Crowdfunding is opening new horizons for democracy in the digital age.
Western countries were unsettled last fall when Turkey began sending captured Islamic State militants back to Europe. However, many European prisons already have some experience with jihadists, and Czech experts have provided them with specialized know-how. An online teaching platform put together by engineers and scientists at the Czech Technical University in Prague is recognized by the European Commission as one of the main tools in the fight against radicalization.
With the establishment of a new parliamentary committee to combat hybrid threats, the Czech Republic confirms its status as one of Europe’s leaders in the field.
Prague, one of the world’s most popular destinations, has launched a marketing campaign to attract domestic visitors to the city after Covid-19 ravaged the tourism industry.
America’s ongoing turmoil doesn’t map perfectly onto Czech reality. But there is one shared feature: structural racism, in its symbolic and practical meanings.
How a Czech influencer and his friends helped make his country a world leader in the adoption of face masks.
When foreign tourists start streaming into Prague again, they will see something not included in the usual brochures: a new-old monument in the center of Old Town Square, topped with a figure of the Virgin Mary.
In pandemic time, citizens and governments are saying: Because we don’t trust each other, we have to behave a bit more responsibly than usual.