Riot police stand guard in front of a regional government building yesterday as pro-Russian demonstrators take part in a rally in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. Photograph: Reuters

EU leaders will hold an emergency meeting today in Brussels to seek a united response to Russia’s Crimean advance that prevents visible cracks (...)

Czech president Milos Zeman who said this month that negotiations to secure the release of the women were under way. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Two young Czech women kidnapped in southwest Pakistan in March said in a video, released by the Czech government yesterday, they feared they would soo(...)

Czech Social Democrats leader Bohuslav Sobotka  arrives at a protest rally held by his supporters in front of  Prague Castle  on Monday. The Social Democrats’ leadership body voted 20-13 to call on Mr Sobotka to quit, but he has  vowed to fight on.  Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

The Czech Republic’s search for a new government has been thrown into confusion, after the party that won last weekend’s parliamentary election suffer(...)

Workers anchor a boat bearing an installation work by Czech visual artist David Cerny in front of the Prague Castle in Prague. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

A Czech artist known for his anti-communist stance has floated a huge statue of a hand making an obscene gesture on Prague’s main river, days before p(...)

Czech lawmakers leave the parliamentary chamber in Prague after the Czech parliament dissolved itself today. Photograph: Petr Josek/Reuters

The Czech parliament voted yesterday to dissolve itself, triggering an early election which could hand the Communist Party a share in power for the fi(...)

Czech Republic’s president Milos Zeman (right) and prime minister Jiri Rusnok toast after the cabinet’s inauguration at Prague Castle in Prague on Wednesday. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Czech president Milos Zeman has defied his parliament and sworn in a new government led by a longtime ally, despite fears that it will only prolong th(...)

Czech president Milos Zeman (left) and newly appointed prime miinster Jiri Rusnok attend a news conference at Prague Castle yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Petr Josek

Czech president Milos Zeman has named an old ally as the country’s new prime minister, in a controversial move unpopular with all major parties and un(...)

The Czech Republic centre-right Civic Democrat party’s candidate for prime minister, Miroslava Nemcova, speaks to the media in the village of Lany, near Prague, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/David W Cerny

Czech president Milos Zeman is holding crisis talks with party leaders after a lurid corruption scandal forced the resignation of prime minister Petr (...)

Czech prime minister Petr Necas (right) tenders his resignation to President Milos Zeman at Prague Castle yesterday. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Czech prime minister Petr Necas has resigned amid a major corruption scandal that could trigger snap elections. Mr Necas handed his resignation to Cze(...)

Czech Republic’s prime minister Petr Necas who said  he had no intention of resigning from his post after a series of police raids on government offices. Photograph: Petr Josek/Reuters

The Czech government is reeling after several prominent political and intelligence figures were arrested in a stunning anti-corruption sweep. Some 400(...)