MEPs debate media freedom in Czech Republic

Media freedom must be upheld across the EU, but the Czech case is more the blunder of one politician than a systemic issue, many MEPs argued in a debate in the European Parliament on 1st June. The plenary debate was held in reaction to a leaked audio recording, allegedly catching the leader of the Czech… Read more »

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Slovak politicians, professionals react to scrapping of Mečiar amnesties

The Constitutional Court’s approval of the cancellation of the infamous amnesties has largely united Slovakia’s coalition and opposition politicians in praise of the decision.

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Czech cyclists and a bear promote Slovakia abroad

A video of two Czech cyclists meeting a bear while biking in a forest scored in the most popular Youtube videos of May, reports the Slovak Spectator. The two cyclists from Moravia filmed a unique video while down hilling in the Malinô Brdo Bike Park.  One had a camera attached to his helmet.

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Czech film with Slovak actress captivates the US

A Czech film, Bába z Ledu (Ice Mother) starring Slovak actress Zuzana Kronerová, has won the award for best screenplay at the prestigious Tribeca festival, established by Robert De Niro in Lower Manhattan, reports the Slovak Spectator. Czech director Bohdan Sláma’s story about a woman bringing up selfish sons, was created  by Slovak co-producers Marko Škop and Ján Meliš… Read more »

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Prague and Brno in Top 10 Best Student Cities

18,000 students have decided that Prague and Brno are 2nd and 4th respectively in their list of cities they would most like to study in, says the TopUniversities website.

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BCSA Annual Dinner: Save the date

Make a date in your diaries: the BCSA’s Annual Dinner will be held on Friday 17th November 2017 at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Bloomsbury.  More details soon.

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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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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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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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