The Czech Republic is a Central European country bordering Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria. It has over 10 million inhabitants and its capital is Prague.
The Czech Republic for much of its history belonged at various times to the Holy Roman Empire, the Kingdom of Hungary and the Austrian Empire. It formed part of Czechoslovakia following World War 1, until the Velvet Revolution ended communist rule there in 1989. It gained independence in 1993. This page collates all of DW's content on the Czech Republic.
Each year the great and the good decamp from the Czech capital Prague to the spa town of Karlovy Vary for its legendary film festival, and this year is no exception. Shawshank Redemption star Tim Robbins has been on hand to lend some A-list Hollywood glamor to the red carpet. Rob Cameron is there and has this report.
Turkey's president tightens his grip on power after presidential elections - NATO's new "European Readiness Initiative." - Is history repeating itself in the Czech Republic? - Sweden takes recycling to a new level - Germany's shock exit from the World Cup soccer tournament - A special documentary, on the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.
The Czech Republic has a new government. Prime minister, billionaire businessman Andrej Babis, will lead a new cabinet, a minority coalition with the Social Democrats, propped up by the Communist Party. The head of the Social Democrats will be a busy man, he’s simultaneously filling the role of deputy prime minister, interior minister and also foreign minister. Rob Cameron reports from Prague.
The EU’s migration options - Hungary passes law criminalizing groups aiding migrants – The World Cup and LGBT rights - Twin American soldiers reunited in Normandy burial – Technology and activism - Benefits and legal challenges for medical cannabis - New French peace forum highlights plight of child soldiers – Has Germany become safer? – Pompeii yields more secrets
Czech President Milos Zeman has claimed that the type of nerve agent used against Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury was also produced and tested in the Czech Republic. Mr Zeman’s comments were immediately seized upon by Moscow, which said they proved Britain was lying when it claimed that Russia was the only country capable of producing the Novichok agent. Rob Cameron reports from Prague.
The Czech government has confirmed a claim by President Milos Zeman that the country tested a type of Novichok nerve agent. The agent tested, however, was not the same as the one used to poison an ex-spy in the UK.
Each year the international organisation Reporters Without Borders releases its World Press Freedom Index, ranking freedom for journalists to do their job in 180 countries around the world. There were no changes at the top – Norway – or the bottom – North Korea, but significant tumbles for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, who both slipped ten places down the chart. Rob Cameron reports from Prague.
On today's program: Two EU member states slip down the World Press Freedom Index - Turkey: the world’s biggest jailer of journalists – May ’68 and today’s protests in France -The glam and the grumbles at NATO's new HQ – Proposed penalties for EU member states - Italy's first Museum of Fascism - A month commemorating Napoleon - The perks and privileges for driving electric cars in Norway.
A Slovakian journalist was murdered, and in Hungary and Poland media are coming under increasing pressure from the ruling Fidesz and PiS parties. But changes for the worse in the Czech Republic are less well known.