BCSA supports the 1st Central European Conference at LSE

The BCSA was amongst those supporting the 1st Annual Central European Conference held at the LSE on Sunday 5th March.  The Conference was addressed by President Andrej Kiska, ex-Prime Minister Iveta Radicova, think-tanker Tomas Sedlacek and ex-Foreign Minister Jan Kavan.

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Why the Slovak national emblem is as it is

Even Slovaks often do not know why the national emblem depicts a white double-cross, and not the Kriváň peak, or the design by artist Vincent Hložník. They also do not know why it makes a difference whether it is worn on green background, or on designer clothes. The Slovak Spectator reveals all.  

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Czech British Chamber of Commerce holds its AGM on 14 March

The Czech British Chamber of Commerce will be holding its Annual General Meeting at 5.30 pm on Tuesday 14 March at the offices of UHY Hacker Young LLP, Quadrant House, 4 Thomas More Square, London E1W 1YW.  All are welcome to attend.  The formal part of the meeting will be followed by a presentation from… Read more »

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Europe, Elites and Peoples by Kevin J McNamara

Kevin J McNamara shamelessly promotes his own book – Dreams of a Great Small Nation: The Mutinous Army that Threatened a Revolution, Destroyed an Empire, Founded a Republic, and Remade the Map of Europe — in an essay in the current issue of Modern Age, in which he reviews two other histories of Europe.  His review essay provides another… Read more »

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The Spy With No Name : e-book offer to BCSA members

The extraordinary story of Vaclav Jelinek, recruited in the 1970s by the StB and given the identity of a Dutch infant abandoned in Prague in 1944, the offspring of a liason between his Dutch mother and a German solider. In 1975, Jelinek, now “Erwin von Haarlem”, was sent to London, where amongst other assignments,he spied… Read more »

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Launch of new battery production line at Letňany

A Czech inventor believes he has come up with a low cost, high performance battery by applying nano technology to the way traditional batteries are produced. And to prove the point, the first production line producing those batteries has been launched in Prague.    Radio Praha reports.

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The perfect weekend – 48 hours in Bratislava

From hip brunch spots to hidden bunkers and fairytale churches, Slovakia’s capital is a newly booming option for a weekend break.   Lucy Mallows in The Independent recommends the perfect weekend – 48 hours in Bratislava.

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Poprad for your ideal winter break

“Take one small city with a heart of medieval mitteleuropean quaintness at the foot of magnificent, snowy mountains.  Then add an open-air spa where everyone has year-round fun….The happy result is Poprad.”  The Guardian recommends you visit beautiful Poprad as one of its Top 10 winter city breaks in Europe.

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The ‘miraculous’ life of Zuzana Ruzickova

Zuzana Ruzickova endured three concentration camps in World War Two, including Auschwitz, and was persecuted by the Communists in Czechoslovakia in the years that followed. But not only did she survive, she also went on to become one of the world’s leading harpsichordists. The BBC’s Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones reports.

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Britain’s 2016 – a year of two halves

London correspondent of Czech Radio Jiří Hošek writing for Hospodářské Noviny sums up 2016 in Britain as a year of two halves – what happened before 23 June, and what happened after.

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