Czechia & Slovakia

Czechoslovakia

Czechoslovakia, or Czecho-Slovakia[2] (/ˌtʃɛkoʊsloʊˈvækiə, -kə-, -slə-, -ˈvɑː-/;[3][4]Czech and Slovak: Československo, Česko-Slovensko),[5][6] was a sovereign state in Central Europe,[7] created in October 1918, when it declared its independence from Austria-Hungary.

Welcome to Jáchymov: the Czech town that invented the dollar

The US dollar is the most widely used currency in the world. It is both the primary de facto global tender and the world’s unofficial gold standard.

1968: Caught in an international emergency

1968: Caught in an international emergency Soviet tanks rolled into the Czech capital on 21 August 1968. The government of the USSR was responding to a democratic movement led by Prime Minister Alexander Dubcek, which it felt threatened Communism's grip on Eastern Europe.

Vaclav Havel, Czech leader and playwright, dies at 75

Vaclav Havel, the Czech Republic's first president after the Velvet Revolution against communist rule, has died at the age of 75. The former dissident playwright, who suffered from prolonged ill-health, died on Sunday morning, his secretary Sabina Tancecova said.

Milos Zeman: The Czech leader proud to be politically incorrect

The Czech Republic's colourful and provocative President Milos Zeman was rushed to intensive care just hours after a centre-right alliance narrowly won the country's parliamentary election. Mr Zeman, 77, is supposed to oversee the formation of a new government - a duty now thrown into doubt.

Amnesty says Czech schools still fail Roma Gypsies

Czech schools are still riddled with "systematic discrimination" that ensures Roma children get an inferior education, Amnesty International says. The human rights group has called on the Czech Republic to end what it calls racial segregation in schools.

Calls for new inquiry into Belgian police custody death

The wife of a Slovak man who died in Belgian police custody has called for a fresh inquiry after shocking images of his detention emerged. Jozef Chovanec was arrested at Charleroi airport in 2018 after causing a disturbance on his flight.

Slovakia: Deadly knife attack at primary school in Vrutky

The attacker, a 22-year-old man, was a former pupil who had broken into the school in the town of Vrutky. Police said they had later shot dead the attacker and the situation was under control.

Pavol Hudák

Pavol Hudák (7 October 1959 in Vranov nad Toplou, Czechoslovakia – 18 January 2011 in Poprad, Slovakia) was a Slovak poet, journalist and publicist. He grew up and studied grammar school in Vyšný Žipov.

One dead at Slovak music festival

One person has died after a giant tent collapsed on a crowd of concert goers at Slovakia's biggest music festival, reports say. Another 40 were injured - 15 seriously - when a gust of wind lifted and then brought down the tent during a rain storm in the western town of Trencin.

Slovakia angered by horror film

Slovakian officials have expressed concerns that hit film Hostel tarnishes the reputation of their country. The horror movie, which topped the US box office charts, shows backpackers falling prey to a brutal torture ring at the hands of Slovakian women. "I am offended by this film.

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