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.
Controversy surrounds a plan to erect a replica of a Marian column in Prague's Old Town Square, a century after it was torn down. For supporters, it was a symbol of the defence of Prague during the Thirty Years' War. For opponents, a reminder of the forced re-Catholisation of the Czech Lands. As Rob Cameron reports, the dispute goes to the heart of Czech cultural, religious and national identity.
The Czech Republic's premiere social and cultural event of the year is the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. It's currently underway and providing the Hollywood glamour this year was the Oscar-winning star Julianne Moore, who was presented with a lifetime achievement award. Rob Cameron was on the red carpet and has this report.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis survived a vote of no-confidence in parliament this week, despite being the subject of the largest demonstrations in the country since the 1989 overthrow of Communism. More than a quarter of a million people took to the streets in protest against his involvement in a corruption scandal. Rob Cameron reports.
It's the Czech Republic's largest protest since 1989. Some 250,000 people have taken to the street calling for Andrej Babis to resign amid a corruption scandal that intertwines his government and former business empire.
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Prague saw another huge demonstration against the Czech prime minister, Andrej Babis, this week — the latest in a series of mass protests calling on him and his newly appointed justice minister to resign. They're angry at allegations that Mr Babis — the country's second richest man — fraudulently obtained EU subsidies. Rob Cameron was among the crowds and sent this report.
Many people have heard of the late Sir Nicholas Winton, the British stockbroker who helped rescue around 700 mostly Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939. A plaque has just been unveiled to remember one of Sir Nicholas' colleagues, Doreen Warriner, who may have been instrumental in saving as many as 7,000 people from the Nazis. Rob Cameron reports.