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When almost a million people gathered on Prague’s Wenceslas Square and much of the country joined a general strike, it was clear that political authority had changed. Photograph: Lubomir Kotek/AFP via Getty Images

Tomas Halik admits questioning the scope of papal infallibility during a private Vatican dinner with Pope John Paul II in November 1989, when the pont(...)

Protesters and residents standing on and around a Russian tank  on a Prague  street, August 1968. Photograph: Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images

For Ondrej Neff, a young journalist in communist Czechoslovakia, the bold liberal experiment of the Prague Spring ended with a phone call in the dead (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is welcomed by Romanian president Klaus Iohannis during their official meeting at Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest, last week.  Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

On a sweltering Bucharest afternoon last week, student Andrei Marinescu sipped iced coffee in a cafe near Romanian government headquarters, where his(...)

Milos Zeman celebrating  victory with  staff members after he was re-elected Czech president. Photograph: Getty Images

Controversial Czech president Milos Zeman has struck a somewhat conciliatory note after winning re-election, but immediately faced calls to condemn me(...)

An election poster of Czech president Miloš Zeman. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

The main challenger in this week’s Czech presidential elections has vowed to restore a liberal, pro-EU outlook to his country if he defeats Miloš Zema(...)

Czech prime minister Andrej Babis: faces allegations of illegally accessing some €2 million in EU funds. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

The Czech parliament has unexpectedly postponed a confidence vote in the government of billionaire Czech prime minister Andrej Babis, who faces alleg(...)

Andrej Babis, Slovak-born billionaire and leader of the Ano movement, with his wife Monika after the first results of Czech parliamentary elections  in Prague. Photograph: EPA

The populist Ano party of Czech billionaire Andrej Babis has started talks on forming a new coalition government, after dominating parliamentary elect(...)