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Battle for Kafka legacy drags on
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Battle for Kafka legacy drags on

Fight to preserve, cash in on writer’s heritage continues The story of how Franz Kafka went from an obscure Prague office clerk to one of the world’s most revered literary figures is well documented. But the wishes of his best friend, and biggest champion, Max Brod, remain the focal point of a bitter legal dispute… Keep Reading

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December 2009 Year in Review

More missile defense In a story broke in February, but was not publicly acknowledged until August, the Czech Republic was deemed to be the site of an “early warning center” as part of amended European missile-defense plans. Confirmation came as the Obama administration requested $2.2 million in funding for the project next year, followed by… Keep Reading

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Metro extension on right track

Construction begins on new lines but link to airport still years away Prague’s transit authority has finally started work on the much anticipated extension of the metro A (green) line after years of division and wrangling over costs caused massive delays to the project. But it’s not all good news for Prague residents, with a… Keep Reading

Radek John
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Election 2010: A populist ready to fight

Former journalist, Radek John, presses for route to power John, 56, says his party, Public Affairs, will not negotiate on any terms with the Communists. Opening the mail is no longer a problem for Radek John, the leader of the Public Affairs (Věci veřejné, or VV) party. “When I was an investigative journalist, I used… Keep Reading

Czech Philharmonic
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Sour note for Czech Philharmonic

After boycott, orchestra takes legal action against minister One of the great state cultural institutions, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, is suing the culture minister for alleged financial mismanagement in a bitter row that has boiled over and is now threatening the city’s annual musical highlight, the Prague Spring International Music Festival. The orchestra left for… Keep Reading

Foreign resident numbers in Prague
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Foreign resident numbers stable

Little change over year despite economic crisis The number of foreign residents living in the Czech Republic has remained fairly static despite the financial crisis, according to new figures from the Interior Ministry. As of March 31, the number of foreigners with residency permits in the country totaled 430,310 compared with 443,268 a year earlier… Keep Reading

Foreign Affairs Minister Karel Schwarzenberg
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Schwarzenberg talks election

May poll could avert fiscal catastrophe, TOP 09 leader says The country is under threat from the twin scourges of corruption and a burgeoning budget deficit, and “the people must be told” just how dire the situation is, TOP 09 leader Karel Schwarzenberg said in an interview with The Prague Post. The national debt is… Keep Reading

Obama Medvedev
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Obama, Medvedev sign historic arms treaty

Agreement hailed as step forward in relations, but missile defense remains a sticking point The treaty reducing Russian and U.S. strategic nuclear arms, signed in Prague Castle April 8, is hailed as a major sign of improved bilateral relations between the world’s two leading nuclear powers. “When the United States and Russia are not able… Keep Reading

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Czechs in talks to host missile command center

High-level meetings under way as part of Obama administration plans, official says A high-level defense policy expert with ties to Washington, D.C. said the Czech Republic is in discussions with the Obama administration to host a command center for the United States’ altered missile-defense plan. The official, who requested anonymity because discussions are ongoing, said,… Keep Reading

Poland deploys missiles
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Poland will deploy U.S. missiles

Czechs say they are overlooked in U.S. foreign policy plans Amid ongoing criticism from Central European officials that the United States overlooks the region in its foreign policy, the Polish Defense Ministry confirmed Jan. 21 that it will deploy U.S. surface-to-air missiles just 60 kilometers from the Russian border. After the Obama administration scrapped the… Keep Reading

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