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The ironic thing is that the one region of the globe that appears to have hit upon a peaceful formula for dealing with this problem is also the region responsible for most of the w...(full article)

For the past 25 years, the Poles were told that the new Germany would have their back. After German unification and the eastward expansion of the EU and NATO, as the reassuring slo...(full article)

The alternative to passivity is not war but a serious foreign policy. For the last five years, Obama’s fruitless accommodationism has invited the kind of aggressiveness demonstra...(full article)

The invasions in Crimea and Georgia represent a pattern of Russian strategic behavior in which a rapid, limited military thrust is followed by a cessation of hostilities to await m...(full article)

Institutions, or the lack of them, explain much that has happened in the world in recent decades. Following the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Central Europe went on to build functio...(full article)

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Central Europe's Velvet Power - Kristina Mikulova, World Affairs Journal

Central Europe used to be a place of tragedy, according to Czech novelist Milan Kundera, a leading dissident voice during the communist era. Throughout its troubled history, the re...

Communist Comeback in the Czech Republic - Bruce Konviser, Global Post

PRAGUE, Czech Republic - After a quarter century in the political wilderness, the unreformed Communist Party has a real chance of regaining a measure of political power for the fir...

Czech Republic's Democracy in Peril - Benjamin Cunningham, Der Spiegel

The Czech Republic has a new government. But the way it got there, following a sordid scandal involving the country's prime minister and a power grab by the president, has raised c...

The Cost of Czech Drug Liberalization - Christoph Scheuermann, Spiegel

The Czech Republic's 2010 decision to lower drug possession from a criminal to misdemeanor offense has turned the country into a mecca for drug users. The change has spawned a prof...

Outgoing Czech President Accused of Treason - Bruce Konviser, GP

Vaclav Klaus steps down as president today accused of treason for freeing almost 7,000 prisoners in a sweeping New Year’s Day amnesty that also halted hundreds of high-profil...

Bad King Klaus: Failures of a Czech President - James Kirchick, Spiegel

Vaclav Klaus will leave office next week after a decade as president of the Czech Republic. Although he played an important role in his country's history, his legacy is likely to b...

Dark Past Haunts Czech Election - James Kirchick, World Affairs Journal

It’s not often that a 70-year-old political dispute plays a role in a contemporary political campaign. But that’s precisely what is happening in the race for president of the C...

Ceaseless Outrage After Vaclav Klaus's Amnesty - Eastern Approaches

IF this was an attempt at a noble gesture before leaving office, it clearly failed. On New Year's Day, just nine weeks before the end of his second term, the Czech Republic's presi...

The Most Interesting Election in the World - Rosie Gray, BuzzFeed

The candidate with face tattoos battles it out with the candidate with royal blood. The first Jewish president?...

Israel Is Winning in Europe - Arsen Ostrovsky, Ynet News

Key factor behind Israel’s success in Europe is ability to remove 'conflict' from bilateral ties....

The Return of Czech Communists - James Kirchick, Foreign Policy

he massive, red-stone headquarters of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM) -- named after the two main regions of the Czech Republic -- is located on Prague's Street o...

Obama Abandons Eastern Europe - Michal Kuz, National Review

Adding insult to injury has become a trademark of President’s Obama policies regarding Poland and other Central and Eastern European (CEE) states. After several political jabs an...

Europe Must Break Free from Brussels - Vaclav Klaus, Daily Telegraph

Only a fundamental rethink of the entire EU model can return the continent to health....

Vaclav Havel: A Moral Giant Among Pygmies - Erich Follath, Der Spiegel

A look at his friends is enough to show that Vaclav Havel was not your typical politician. A man who discusses God and the world with playwright Tom Stoppard and the Dalai Lama a...

Havel: One of Europe's Greatest Sons - Robin Shepherd, The Commentator

Vaclav Havel, who died on Sunday at the age of 75, was the greatest of the East European dissidents, but he was so much more than that. Indeed to describe him solely in terms of h...

Vaclav Havel: The Outsider in Power - Madeleine Albright, Washington Post

Havel, who died Sunday at age 75, never became fully comfortable with the exercise of political power. Through two terms as president, he maintained the psychology of the outsid...

Vaclav Havel and Kim Jong-il: Two Leaders a World Apart - LA Times

Kim Jong Il put his interests ahead of North Korea's. Czech leader Vaclav Havel put democracy first....

Havel: Moral Force at the End of a Long Staircase - David Storey, Reuters

Economic and external political pressures were at play, but Havel embodied the moral and intellectual force of humanity that ultimately resisted the tyranny. Although often dispi...

The Courage of Vaclav Havel - Daily Telegraph

It is given to few people to change the course of history. Václav Havel, who died yesterday aged 75, was one of them. Along with Lech Walesa, co-founder of Solidarity, ...

The Real Euro Divide Is North vs. South - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

As ratification problems mount, against a background of economic stagnation or worse, last week's clear picture of an isolated UK and a Europe pushing towards unity will become m...

Russia's Plan to Disrupt U.S.-European Ties - Lauren Goodrich, Stratfor

With the United States not responding to the renewed Russian aggression, many Europeans may be forgiven for wondering if the United States is planning to trade its relationship w...

Europe Needs to Focus on Human Rights at Home - Globe and Mail

The ongoing discrimination towards the Roma in parts of Europe is a black eye for the entire continent. Last week, assailants threw a flaming torch into the home of a family of Rom...

Czech Republic and Missile Defense - Int'l Relations and Security Network

Last month, headlines around the globe blared that the Czech Republic had decided to scrap plans to participate in the US anti-ballistic missile defense system (ABMS). Journalists ...

Obama's Illiberal Foreign Policy - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

In Obama's progressive calculus, disdain for the United States is a mark of authenticity....

Visegrad: A New European Military Force - George Friedman, Stratfor

What the Visegrad Group decided to do last week will, I think, resonate for years, long after the alleged attempted rape by Dominique Strauss-Kahn is forgotten and long before th...

A Tectonic Shift in Central Europe - Stratfor

At a Thursday meeting, the defense ministers of the Visegrad Four (V4) - a loose regional grouping of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia - decided to create a battle ...

Russia Reconquers the Czechs - Gregory Feifer & Brian Whitmore, TNR

Václav Klaus, the president of the Czech Republic, is legendary for his lack of manners. When his country assumed the rotating presidency of the European Union in 2009, Klaus—...

In Europe, Now It's North vs. South - Anne Applebaum, Slate

Forget East and West, Europe is dividing itself into North and South....

Eastern Europe's Rebirth - David Frum, The Week

It's not only the future of Eastern Europe that is being rebuilt. It is also the past....

Central Europe Turns Right - Andrew Gardener, European Voice

Within days, new governments in the Czech Republic and Slovakia will receive the formal blessings of their presidents, bringing central Europe's 2010 election season to a close. ...

The End of History in Eastern Europe? - The Economist

WHERE would they be without their past, the ex-captive nations? (Or "ex-communist countries", "former Soviet satellite states", "the old Eastern block": so much history even in the...

Europe's Battle for Freedom Goes On - Andre Glucksmann, City Journal

On the evening of November 9, 1989, the wall of shame was breached. The next morning, I took off for Berlin; shortly afterward, I experienced the Velvet Revolution in Prague, and f...

The Missile-Defense Betrayal - Kejda Gjermani, Commentary Magazine

It was not uncommon for a pharaoh to deface the monuments of his predecessors, insert his name in their inscriptions, or impose his likeness on the heads of their statues. The ente...

Biden's Missile-Defense Missteps - Peter Brookes, China Post

Vice President Joe Biden's trip last week to Poland and the Czech Republic may have helped soothe rattled allies after Team Obama pitched overboard the W-era, anti-Iran missile shi...

Eastern Europe Deserves More from Obama - Mircea Geoana, IHT

The decision by the Obama administration to reshape its missile shield deployment in Central and Eastern Europe has been seen by some in the region as a sign of a box-ticking menta...

Biden Must Reassure Eastern Europe - F. S. Larrabee & C. Chivvis, CSM

Vice President Joseph Biden's trip to eastern Europe this week provides an important opportunity to reassure Poland, the Czech Republic, and Romania that the US is commi...

A Flawed Approach to Arms Control - Heritage Foundation

When President Obama announced on September 17 that he had decided to cancel a plan for putting missile defense systems in the Czech Republic and Poland, he ignored repeated warnin...

Klaus Waits on UK to Kill Lisbon Treaty - Marian Tupy, Wall Street Journal

The Irish may have said Yes to the Lisbon Treaty, but the bureaucrats in Brussels have not yet won. If anything, the shameful browbeating of the Irish electorate into reversing i...

Taking Central Europe for Granted - Slawomir Debski, Int'l Herald Tribune

  WARSAW — Washington’s pullout from the missile defense projects in Poland and the Czech Republic has been received there with disappointment. Not so much because of the logi...

Problems With Obama's Missile Defense - Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Last Thursday, the Obama administration announced its long-awaited decision on a European missile defense system against potential Iranian ballistic missiles. In short, it will she...

Obama's Post-Allied America - Abe Greenwald, Weekly Standard

With last Wednesday's decision to scrap plans for a promised missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic, President Obama put the finishing touches on a new and dangero...

Obama's Doctrine: Sugarcoated Surrender - Frank Gaffney, Wash. Times

Undermine our allies. Embolden our enemies. Diminish our country. Those nine words define the Obama doctrine with respect to American security policy. All three elements were much ...

Czech Republic's Prague Autumn - Joseph Duggan, American Spectator

PRAGUE -- A week of flawless Indian summer weather diverts this bittersweet land of liberty from events and conditions auguring a long, anxious autumn. November will mark 20 ye...

A 'Reset' with Poles and Czechs - Mark Brzezinski, Int'l Herald Tribune

  President Obama’s decision to revise the Bush administration’s plan for missile defense in Europe has been greeted with anxiety and alarm in the Czech Republic a...

The Perils of Losing Central Europe - A. Wess Mitchell, RealClearWorld

Central Europeans have a long history of waiting in lobbies. Tomáš Masaryk waited in the lobby at Versailles to find out if he would be given a country. Edvard Bene&s...

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