Communism is a social, political and economic ideology and movement with the ultimate goal of replacing private property with public ownership.
Communism is structured on common ownership of the means of production and natural resources of a society, to replace private property and a private-based economy. French philosopher and writer Victor d'Hupay coined the term in its current meaning in 1777; 16th century English statesman Thomas More is also said to have advocated a form of communism in his book Utopia. In its modern form, communism grew out of the socialist movement in 19th-century Europe.
For most Czechs and Slovaks who were alive 50 years ago, the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia that began the night of August 20, 1968 is etched in their mind. The "Prague Spring" was crushed with the arrival of 2,000 and 500,000 troops. Over 80 civilians were killed. Alexa Dvorson takes us back.
It's the largest protest Slovakia has seen since the fall of Communism. Prime Minister Robert Fico stepped down amid swelling anger among the population. This was all started by journalist Jan Kuciak who was murdered with his fiancé over two weeks ago, because he was researching a story about connections between the Italian mafia and the Slovakian government. DW spoke to his editor, Drew Sullivan.