Arriving in Washington for talks with US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Czech Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra (Civic Democrats, ODS), says he intends to propose extending the Czech military mission in Afghanistan by two years to coincide with the planned withdrawal date of American forces. At the same time, Vondra hopes to seal an agreement to open access to US military orders for Czech firms.
Ronald Reagan’s centennial this year is a good opportunity to remember what sort of a man he was, what he achieved and the era in which he lived. This is particularly true for Central Europeans. His contribution – which was a significant one – to the fact that the countries of Central and Eastern Europe live in freedom today should never be forgotten, writes Jiří Brodský, the Deputy Director of the Foreign Affairs Department in the Office of the President of the Czech Republic.
A Michigan man fishing for Walleye ended up with a far bigger catch in the form of a 180-pound Czech in a skimpy swimsuit who authorities said was trying to enter the country illegally, the Detroit News reported.
Al Zindrick and Bob Schaffer are two of the longest-serving business owners in the Czech Village district of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Both were devastated by a 2008 flood that heavily damaged their buildings and goods. In Part II of her series ‘Tales from Czech America,’ Rosie Johnston talks to these proud business owners about their efforts to pull up their bootstraps and rebuild the historic community.
Westinghouse’s bid for the $28 billion Temelín nuclear power plant expansion contract could take US-Czech relations from “good to great,” but US Ambassador to Prague Norman Eisen must also engage in the Visegrad Four to bolster this relationship, writes Stephen Christensen, a Fellow at the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI).
Norman L. Eisen officially became the new US Ambassador to the Czech Republic on Friday after presenting his credentials to President Václav Klaus, although he has been serving as the de facto ambassador since Jan. 18.
Norman L. Eisen, named temporary Ambassador to the Czech Republic by President Barack Obama last month, was sworn in to office on Friday in Washington, D.C. In his speech, the freshly minted US ambassador — known as President Obama’s ethics czar — quoted Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia, who said “real democracy lies in morality” and pledged to live up to that precept.
Over the course of its 160-year-long history, many thousands of Bohemian and Moravian immigrants settled in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which is now home to America’s National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. In Part I of her series on Czech and Slovak life and history in the United States — ‘Flood, Sweat and Tears’ — Rosie Johnston tours the city’s Czech Village quarter, once best known for its seedy goings-on.
US President Barack Obama has bypassed the Senate to name his current special counsel on ethics and government reform, Norman L. Eisen — whose mother, a Holocaust survivor, emigrated from Czechoslovakia to America — as the new US ambassador to the Czech Republic. By “recess appointment,” Obama also named three other ambassadors, who, like Eisen, had their nominations stalled or blocked by US lawmakers.