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Czech Republic: scepticism without euro-scepticism? NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Photo: Akron/ Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0 As elsewhere in Europe, elections to the European Parliament on 23-24 May in the Czech Republic will be more of a trial of domestic strength, than a contest over EU issues.  The EP elections come at a...
Czech Republic: Miloš Zeman’s year of living dangerously NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 1 Month, 1 Week, 5 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
The election campaign that propelled Miloš Zeman to the Czech presidency a year ago was a mixture of boundless self-belief, disregard for political convention and ruthless targeting of opponents. Zeman’s first year in office has seen him...
Czech Republic: Miloš Zeman’s year of living dangerously NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 1 Month, 1 Week, 5 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
The election campaign that propelled Miloš Zeman to the Czech presidency a year ago was a mixture of boundless self-belief, disregard for political convention and ruthless targeting of opponents. Zeman’s first year in office has seen him...
Will the West become the East? NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 4 Months, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
“I included a dummy for Eastern Europe” the presenter said, explaining the statistical methodology in her paper. You have, you see, to control for the unknowable, complex bundle of historical peculiarities that mark out one half of the co...
Will the West become the East? NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 4 Months, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
“I included a dummy for Eastern Europe” the presenter said, explaining the statistical methodology in her paper. You have, you see, to control for the unknowable, complex bundle of historical peculiarities that mark out one half of the co...
Is ‘Scotland’s Future’ from Central Europe’s past? NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 4 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 51 Minutes ago
In a special guest post Kieran Williams reflects on the lessons for the SNP’s project of Scottish independence to be learned from the making and unmaking of Czechoslovakia The Scottish government’s glimpse of the future in an independent...
Is ‘Scotland’s Future’ from Central Europe’s past? NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 4 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 51 Minutes ago
In a special guest post Kieran Williams reflects on the lessons for the SNP’s project of Scottish independence to be learned from the making and unmaking of Czechoslovakia. The Scottish government’s glimpse of the future in an independent...
A billionaire populist derails the Czech Social Democrats NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 5 Months, 5 Days, 33 Minutes ago
On 26 October after two terms in opposition the Social Democrats (ČSSD) emerged as the largest party in early elections in the Czech Republic with the near certainty of the forming the next government. Their political opponents on centre-right w...
A billionaire populist derails the Czech Social Democrats NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 5 Months, 5 Days, 33 Minutes ago
On 26 October after two terms in opposition the Social Democrats (ČSSD) emerged as the largest party in early elections in the Czech Republic with the near certainty of the forming the next government. Their political opponents on centre-right w...
Czech Republic: Turning left or melting down? NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 3 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Czech voters go to the polls in early parliamentary elections on 25-26 October. The elections follow the collapse, amid personal and political scandal, of the centre-right government of Petr Nečas in June, and the subsequent failure of President...
Czech Republic: Turning left or melting down? NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 3 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Czech voters go to the polls in early parliamentary elections on 25-26 October. The elections follow the collapse, amid personal and political scandal, of the centre-right government of Petr Nečas in June, and the subsequent failure of President...
Teaching Eastern Europe: A course by any other name? NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 6 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
 Like most British academics I’m loath to put any of my courses through a multiple committees merely for a change of name. But sometimes you come to a point where you just know that the old name’s old name’s just got to go. &nb...
Teaching Eastern Europe: A course by any other name? NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 6 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
 Like most British academics I’m loath to put any of my courses through multiple committees merely for a change of name. But sometimes you come to a point where you just know that the old name’s old name’s just got to go.  ...
What drives the rise of Europe’s new anti-establishment parties? NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
 The spectacular breakthrough of Pepe Grillo’s Five Star Movement in Italy in February underlined the potential for a new type of anti-establishment politics in Europe – loosely organised, tech savvy and fierce in its demands to chan...
What drives the rise of Europe’s new anti-establishment parties? NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
 The spectacular breakthrough of Pepe Grillo’s Five Star Movement in Italy in February underlined the potential for a new type of anti-establishment politics in Europe – loosely organised, tech savvy and fierce in its demands to chan...
Czech Republic: Why all parties will lose early elections NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 7 Months, 4 Weeks, 21 Hours ago
If as British prime-minister Harold Wilson famously commented, a week is a long time in politics, then a month can be an eternity. This is certainly the case in the Czech Republic, where both anti-corruption probe that spectacularly brought down the...
Czech Republic: Why all parties will lose early elections NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 7 Months, 4 Weeks, 21 Hours ago
If as British prime-minister Harold Wilson famously commented, a week is a long time in politics, then a month can be an eternity. This is certainly the case in the Czech Republic, where both anti-corruption probe that spectacularly brought down the...
An ‘Arab 1989′ in 1989? NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 20 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
 When the Arab Spring broke out two years ago, and there were plenty of commentaries about the Arab 1989. And, perhaps against their better judgement, many specialists on Eastern Europe – including me – piled in to muse about the les...
An ‘Arab 1989′ in 1989? NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 20 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
 When the Arab Spring broke out two years ago, and there were plenty of commentaries about the Arab 1989. And, perhaps against their better judgement, many specialists on Eastern Europe – including me – piled in to muse about the les...
Czech Republic: Zeman tears up the script NEW
Dr. Sean's Diary 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 18 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
 The collapse of the centre-right government of Czech prime minister Petr Nečas earlier this month came as little surprise. His coalition had struggled on for more than a year without a parliamentary majority trying to push through an unpop...