The elephant in the room

Escaping the barraging beast of Brexit is one of many refreshing things about being in China. Either because it’s not happened yet, because it will happen at some point, or because it still isn’t clear what it means, no one in Britain seems happy with the state of Brexit. Chinese politics may be quite beastly itself, but here I don’t feel surrounded by the same … Continue reading The elephant in the room

Just what is the Visegrád Group?

Links to both the East and the West were next to non-existent: the Group was formed after the Soviet Union relinquished its grip on Central Europe, ten days before the Warsaw Pact was dissolved, years before NATO membership, and well-over a decade before being admitted into the European Union.  Continue reading Just what is the Visegrád Group?

Communists Hold Balance of Power in Czech Government

After eight months of negotiations, the Czech Republic’s lower parliamentary house – the Chamber of Deputies – yesterday voted in favour of a new government. The Legislative Elections – which took place in October last year – left the Chamber of Deputies in its most fractious state in the history of Czech politics. Continue reading Communists Hold Balance of Power in Czech Government

Wikipedia Shuts Down

Wikipedia across Italy, Spain, Estonia, and Latvia were closed and inaccessible for the 4th July. Potential Wikipedia visitors were instead taken to a statement page which explained that due to the EU’s proposed Copyright Directive, the Wikipedia community has decided to shut the site a block access to all pages. The site is to remain shut before and during the vote on the Directive, on … Continue reading Wikipedia Shuts Down