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Money or Religion Best Bets for Decent Education

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State exams’ results for secondary school-leavers were worse than anticipated and reveal an “alarming” picture of the quality of the Czech education system – alarming being the term used by Education Minister Josef Dobes (junior government Public Affairs, VV). Overall results show that almost 20 percent of students did not pass the exams, but 10 […]

Czech confidence in constitutional institutions plummets


A recent CVVM poll has shown a steep fall in confidence in Czech constitutional institutions. The poll, conducted on 1005 respondents over 15 years of age, was taken between June 6 and 13. The Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of parliament, is the least trustworthy institution being trusted only by 15 percent of the […]

Euro summer unrest again in Prague

strikers (21 may 2011)

Prague grounds to halt in transport strike As the Arab Spring appears to be turning into a Euro summer, the threatened Czech transport workers’ strike, delayed by court injunction, went ahead on Thursday June 16th. Czech PM Petr Nečas said that the strike was a “political act”, adding that it caused millions in damage. The […]

Opposition calls for early elections as industrial tensions mount

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  The leader of the Czech opposition Social Democrat (CSSD) party, Bohuslav Sobotka today called for early elections as the government he says is unable to cope with the continuing social unrest. The government’s obtaining of an injunction banning the proposed strike by transport workers on Monday, has been met with plans for an even […]

British Prime Minister to visit Prague in June

David Cameron

British Conservative leader David Cameron is expected to make his first visit to the Czech Republic since his election as Prime Minister on 23rd June. The British Conservatives, the Czech Civic Democrats (ODS) and the Polish Law and Justice (PiS) established the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) “Eurosceptic” group in the European Parliament in June […]

Czech awards in Pan European education

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  Czech students rewarded for online cooperative learning. The internet is often rightly regarded as a double edged sword. A technological tool that has enormous positive potential and poses great risks in equal measure, not least in its impact on our youth. For the past five years, one optimistic development has been the establishment of […]

Threat of general strike looms in Czech Republic

strikers (21 may 2011)

Speculation is mounting about the possibility of the Czech Republic’s first general strike since 1989. Fuelling this view was the 40, 000 demonstrators who gathered in Wenceslas Square from around the country on May 21st. Mirroring events in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, Protestors gathered to vent anger at proposed austerity measures targeting social spending by […]

Segregated Roma education unlikely to improve

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In the Czech Republic “there are 80 000 people living in excluded localities and an estimated 30 000 of them are children,” said Martin Šimáček, head of the Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion in Roma Localities. A recent conference in Prague yesterday claimed new government decrees do not advocate measures to reverse the levels […]

Ukraine expels Czech diplomats


Two Czech military attaches were expelled from Ukraine on Friday amid allegations of spying. The Czech Wasserparkcharge d’affaires in Kiev was summoned by the Ukraine Foreign Ministry and informed of the decision. Official protest was made that the pair abused their diplomatic status to allegedly compile information in connection with Ukrainian aircraft. Though hopes were […]

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