Iron will and obsessive preparation once propelled Ivan Lendl to the top of world tennis. The once shy and awkward youth from communist Czechoslovakia has applied the same doggedness to collecting art.
Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who served time in Czechoslovakia’s communist prisons before leading a revolution that ushered democracy into central Europe and hoisted him into the Czech presidency, has died. He was 75.
The Warsaw Stock Exchange and the Vienna bourse are discussing a merger that would create a hub for equities trading and initial share offerings in central and eastern Europe, said three people familiar with the talks.
The Czech Cabinet was to meet today to begin discussing a state funeral for Vaclav Havel as citizens stood in line to pay their last respects to the anti-communist dissident playwright who became president.
France is starting a search for the Jewish owners of about 2,000 pieces of Nazi-plundered art, from Monets and Rubens to Renoirs, that hang in museums such as the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.
Czech President Vaclav Klaus and the widow of Vaclav Havel agreed to hold a state funeral on Dec. 23 as citizens waited as long as three hours to pay their last respects to the anti-communist dissident playwright who became president.
She was a wayward beauty with huge, soulful eyes, and the curmudgeon fell deeply in love with her. Now the story of a famously unruly German shepherd and her obsessive owner comes to the big screen, thanks to two acclaimed Philadelphia hermits.
Thousands of people followed Czech ex-President Vaclav Havel’s casket as it was transported through the narrow streets of Prague, opening three days of official mourning ahead of a state funeral on Dec. 23.