Goodbye Europe and See Ya in 14 years! (Sbohem Evropo a uvidíme se za 14 let!)

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Today the official act of passing the EU glass relay pin to the next country, Sweden, ended the EU presidency by the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic presided over the European Union for an entire six months. This special task was very challenging for the country taking into consideration the worldwide economic situation, the dissolution of the government and other activities associated with this task. We should not forget about the infamous Entropa display in Brussels that made our presidency less forgettable than the colorful logo and its slogan “Europe in Sweet Harmony.” Continue reading

The Prediction of Princess Libuse is Fulfilling I (Věštba Knežny Libuše se Naplňuje I.)

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Today you can read a great story by Jan Drocár, published today in Pozitivni Noviny. The editors-in-chief kindly asked us to provide English translation of this story to give more people the opportunity to read about the history of the Czech Republic and its significant “players” throughout the history of the country. The article was created in honor of the new U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to the Czech Republic.

In the article below, you will learn about famous royal ancestors of today’s eminent and important members of our society. Did you know that the first American President, George Washington, and the British Queen Elizabeth II were descendants of the Přemyslid Dynasty? Surprisingly, even Tom Cruise is related to Czech royal families. Find out more in the article below or read its Czech version HERE.

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It Is Finally Official! (Je To Konečně Oficiální!)

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Even though the Czech Republic assumed the EU presidency on January 1st, the celebration with EU and Czech government officials was scheduled for the 7th of January. The EU officials spent the whole day in Prague to experience the Czech cuisine and learn about our culture, and in the evening they had a chance to attend a celebration ceremony in the National Theatre in Prague. Many politicians, diplomats and other important figures attended this event; however, the Czech President Vaclav Klaus was absent.

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New Year’s Fireworks in Prague (Novorocni Ohnostroj v Praze)

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New Year’s fireworks in Prague were in a theme of the number nine this time. Fireworks, named Nine Images, lasted exactly 999 seconds in a form of nine countries from four continents: France, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Spain and Portugal. The whole program consisted of a 19-seconds-long prelude, nine images – each 99 seconds long, and an 89-second-long finale representing the Czech Republic to remind everybody that the Czech Republic is taking over the Presidency of the European Union.

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A New Czech National Anthem Could Be Emerging Soon (Nova Ceska Narodni Hymna?)

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The national Czech anthem was composed over 170 years ago by Frantisek Skroup as the opening scene of a patriotic opera called Fidlovacka. The opera was written by Josef Kajetan Tyl at a time where Czechs were only a small ethnic minority within the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The anthem is known to every Czech living at home or abroad as a festive patriotic piece. But to the Czech conductor and composer Varhan Orchestrovic Bauer it is envisioned as a melancholic and sad folk song that needs a makeover.

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