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Czech Airlines Suddenly Abolishes Slovak Flights


Czech Airlines (České aerolínie) is feeling the pinch and so is cutting back on many of its less lucrative flights, which, unfortunately, includes many flights from Slovakia. Yesterday, the airline suddenly stopped the sale of tickets for flights from Bratislava, and it will stay that way until next March at least. The company plans to […]

Czech Government Sends 30 Doctors to Slovakia


At an extraordinary session today, the Czech government approved the dispatch of 30 military doctors to the Slovak Republic to help out with the state of emergency at hospitals in the country following a mass resignation. The army doctors will be sent to Slovakia at the weekend, but will only make a small splash in […]

Stronger Military Co-operation Between CR and SR

Old Slovak MiG-29 is past its prime

The former executive officer of the General Staff of the Czech army Jiri Sedivy has called for greater co-operation between the armies of Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Sedivy was speaking as an expert at the Visegrad 4 conference Smart Security in Bratislava yesterday, pointing to how there is still huge potential for collaboration in […]

Unique Film Europe Channel Starts Broadcasting


At 8pm on 17 November, the Film Europe Media Company started regular broadcasting of the first European film channel, Film Europe Channel. It is the first paid television channel presenting exclusively European cinema from almost all 50 countries in greater Europe. This unique pilot project is being implemented in Slovakia and the Czech Republic with […]

The Revolution is Not Over …


First published on 17 November 2009 The Velvet Revolution is not over yet ….. Yes, exactly 20 years have passed since that historic day back in November 1989, when the people of Czechoslovakia stood up to demand their right to freedom and democracy, as the whole eastern bloc crumbled around them. It all seemed too smooth, […]

Nov 22: English Stand-Up Comedy in Brno


Baby Blue Banana presents Brno’s only regular English-language Comedy Club. 22nd November 2011 8pm Alan Francis (UK) & Vince Fluke (CA)   Live at Clubwash, Stará 27, 602 00 Brno Tickets: 175Kč per person in advance, 200Kč on the door or 150Kč students Alan Francis first came to the notice of comedy audiences when he won […]

Three Czechs Dead in Hockey Team Crash in Russia

Karel Rachunek (red cap) among the dead (c) Jarba

  The hockey world is in shock at the tragic news of the terrible plane crash today Jaroslavl, Russia, which killed the complete HC Lokomotiv Jaroslavl hockey team, including Czech players Jan Marek, Josef Vašíček, Karel Rachůnek and Slovak hockey legend Pavol Demitra. The team was travelling to Belarus capital Minsk on the Jak-42 plane for the […]

Emerging Europe and The Real Potential

CEE on the move (c) Tibor Macak, The Daily

Budapest – International Public Relations is a tricky business; news that might be totally overlooked by local media is often picked up and broadcast around the world from an international perspective regardless of the local opinion on the matter in question.  Democracy comes in differing degrees of implementation where the most democratic tend to have […]

Revolutionaries Flag Hoisted at Libyan Embassy

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The Libyan Embassy in Prague has hoisted the tricolour Libyan revolutionaries’ flag, meaning the diplomats now stand behind the National Transitional Council established by the revolutionary movement. The diplomats announced that they still represented their homeland in the Czech Republic the same as all other missions across the globe. The Tripoli Post reports that they burned a […]

Joint Defence a Key Issue for CR and SR

GERALD HOWARTH (Minister for international security, UK) RÓBERT ONDREJCSÁK (State Secretary of the Slovak MoD), JIŘÍ ŠEDIVÝ (State Secretary of the Czech MoD) (c) John Boyd, The Daily

Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova made it clear yesterday that one of the key priorities of co-operation between the Czech and Slovak republics would be in the area of military co-operation. At the beginning of May the two governments agreed on joint sessions with the initial session planned for 28 October, poignantly the date that commemorates […]

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