Czech coach Michal Bílek faces a nightmare scenario ahead of Saturday’s Euro 2012 game against Poland — playing a vital game in front of a largely hostile crowd missing arguably his most important player.
When it comes to architectural discussions in the Czech capital, today it often seems to be a bitter battle of words from preservationists versus developers. While public buildings are most often used as examples of period Prague architecture, there are a number of still-standing and often well-preserved private villas, a few even open to the public. And it turns out, even back in those glory days; battles were still waged over the design of a “modern” building.
Governments in the eurozone’s periphery are pursuing a scorched earth fiscal strategy. Distressed governments may not be able to afford a fiscal stimulus or even a delayed consolidation, partly because of the size of their deficits and partly because they do not fully control the currency in which that debt is issued, writes John Springford, a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform (CER).
Among the tens of thousands of Jews sent to the Nazi concentration camp Terezín (or Theresienstadt) were 15,000 children, of whom only 132 are known to have survived the war. Pavel Weiner, a studious, erudite Czech boy, who kept a diary of his experiences in the garrison town turned “model ghetto,” was among them.
Vladimir Putin’s re-election as Russia’s president, and his absence from recent summits of the G8 and NATO, indicate a hardening of Russian attitudes towards the West, write Jana Kobzová of the European Council on Foreign Relations and Tomáš Valášek of the Centre for European Reform (CER).
The historic Prague pastry shop and café Erhartova Cukrárna has expanded to the other side of the Vltava River, within an inviting curved corner space in Vinohrady. The orignial site dates back to the First Czechoslovak Republic, and is as famous for its high quality assortment of cakes and confections as it is for its striking functionalist-style interior.
An extensive and diverse exhibition dedicated to the pioneering American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist John Cage has just begun at Prague’s DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, marking the centenary of his birth and 20th anniversary of his death.
The colors, the dancing and most especially the music is what you’ll take away from any event you attend at this week’s World Roma Festival Khamoro. Organizers hope you’ll remember something else as well. In addition to the Roma music concerts, a fashion show, traditional craft exhibition and theater performances, there will be a two-day international conference on intolerance towards the minority group. It’s this intolerance that first led the founders to begin the festival.
For the 52nd time already, children and youth will enjoy a week full of films and other activities at the film festival made especially for them at the east Moravian town of Zlín. This year, films and a rich program of activities will focus on Ireland and its culture.
One Czech and one Slovak solider were symbolically selected to carry out the sole assassination of a top Nazi in Europe during WWII, that of the acting “protector” of Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhardt Heydrich. The results were fatal to the daring assassins as well as for many other Czechs in the retributions that followed, as events to mark and examine the upcoming 70th anniversary of the still controversial attack explain.