Bohuslav Sobotka on his first day as Czech prime minister pledged to end the political gridlock that’s paralyzed policy making for seven months and revive economic growth after the country’s longest recession on record.
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.
At a three-story sound stage in south Prague, Crossing Lines star William Fichter probed a murder case in The Hague as 15th Century Romans in crimson and gold robes practiced lines for an episode of The Borgias.
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.
Czech former President Vaclav Havel, whose resistance to totalitarian regimes helped topple Communism in 1989, was remembered at a mass attended by world leaders, including David Cameron, Nicolas Sarkozy and Bill and Hillary Clinton.
One year after the death of former Czech President Vaclav Havel, a global icon in fighting dictatorship, his persecutors’ political heirs have national power in their sight for the first time since 1989.
Alexey Navalny, who spearheaded the biggest protests against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 13- year-rule, was sentenced to prison, bringing thousands into the streets as global finance leaders gather in Moscow.