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The Prague Spring of 1968—50 years since the uprising that fought Stalinism

The Prague Spring of 1968—50 years since the uprising that fought Stalinism Czechoslovakia had been one of Stalinist Russia’s most economically advanced and politically reliable satellite states. Then, in 1968, the monolith suddenly cracked open. Tomáš Tengely-Evans explains what happened

Slovak prime minister's resignation fails to quell protest movement

Slovak prime ministers resignation fails to quell protest movement Mass protests against corruption forced Slovakia’s social democratic prime minister Robert Fico to resign last Wednesday.

Tens of thousands demand fall of Slovak government after journalist’s murder

Tens of thousands demand fall of Slovak government after journalist’s murder People have taken to the streets of Slovakia demanding the fall of prime minister Robert Fico.

International news round-up

Far right gains in the Slovak election and resistance in France over new employment law

Anti-fascists mobilise in Bratislava to stop Nazis marching

Anti-fascists mobilise in Bratislava to stop Nazis marching Up to 300 marched against fascism in the Slovakian capital Bratislava last Saturday. The protest was on the 75th anniversary weekend of the fascist ‘Slovak State’. The march was organised by Bratislava without Nazis, as part of a weekend of activity between 13 and 15 March.

Authorities build anti-Roma walls in Slovakia

Many of the Roma living in Page Hall are Slovakian. They say they came to Britain to look for a better life —and it isn’t hard to see why.

Slovakian teachers leads the challenge to neoliberalism

11 December 2012
The ongoing teachers’ dispute in Slovakia has demonstrated the militant potential of a long sidelined working class.

Indefinite teachers strike shows power of Slovakian workers

04 December 2012
The ongoing Slovak teachers’ dispute has demonstrated the militant potential of the long dismissed Slovak working class.

Czechoslovakia after 1989: Big tasks for the left

03 November 2009
On 17 November 1989 tens of thousands of students marched through the streets of Prague. They were marking the 50th anniversary of the suppression of student resistance to the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. The air was full of the feeling for change.

It’s not Czechoslovakia 1968

19 August 2008
In the Czech Republic, just as in most European countries, we have been watching television pictures of Georgia’s "brave" president Mikheil Saakashvili "defending his small country against imperial Russia".

Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945

10 June 2008
Between the two world wars there was a massive expansion of interest in photography across central European countries including Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria and Hungary.

A new left for eastern Europe

05 February 2008
In 1989 one party regimes crumbled in six countries in Eastern Europe. Within a few weeks there were massive political changes in Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland and Romania. The Eastern Bloc, which the Soviet Union had dominated, was finished.

Does globalisation weaken workers?

23 May 2006
It's good that the trade union leaders have said they won’t let the closure of Peugeot’s Ryton plant go through without a fight. Last week the Peugeot bosses admitted they could build a new model in Ryton profitably – though not as profitably as in a new plant they are building in Slovakia.

Ukraine’s Brutal History

04 December 2004
Ukraine means "borderland". It suggests a country far away from the heart of Europe. But many Ukrainians believe they live in the middle of Europe—and they have a point. The Ukraine may have a huge border with Russia, but it also touches Belarus, Poland, the Slovak Republic, Hungary and Romania, as well as Moldova.

Racism alive and kicking

26 October 2002
THE HORRIBLE racist abuse that black England players Emile Heskey and Ashley Cole received during the recent match in Slovakia has caused outrage in the press over here. Newspapers like the Sun have rushed to condemn the racism and state that it would never be accepted in Britain.

The system cracks

18 December 1999
A WORLD divided by the Cold War also saw outbursts of struggle East and West. In Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968 workers rose up against the Stalinist regimes, and battled against Russian tanks. In France in 1968 and Portugal in 1974 there were powerful mass movements that challenged the existing order. The long post-war boom had raised people's expectations of a better life. Many were prepared to fight to realise those aspirations.

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