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CU this week hosted a high-level conference on the European Union as "a success story". The event, focusing on the benefits of EU enlargement, brought together key speakers who recalled how accession had changed and ultimately improved citizens’ lives.

Jan Šír from the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University has long focused on political and security developments in the post-Soviet republics. In his view, it is now primarily up to the West whether it will tolerate Putin's Russia's agression.

Many people know CU student Ondřej Perušič by his nickname, Perun, after the Slavic god of thunder and lightning. Last October, fans saw him and team partner David Schweiner win gold at the World Beach Volleyball Championships.

The first anniversary of Russia’s attack on Ukraine has come and gone but saw renewed commitment on the part of the US and European allies. As the conflict continues, we focus on a student, Valentyn Shkriba, helping at Charles University. 

When and why do national institutions change? In Talking Economics, Katarína Stehlíková and Sebastian Ottinger look back at European history and discuss its relevance for institutional change in today’s China or Russia.

From the Freemasons to the mysterious Illuminati, take your pick: throughout history there has been no shortage of conspiracy theories suggesting most of us live with a veil over our eyes. Not knowing there are shadow organisations operating to overthrow society.

Tomáš Weiss from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University is the editor of a new book on the influence of small states in international security. “It may be interesting for Czech readers that the book devotes several chapters to the Czech Republic,” he says.

He is a student at the Faculty of Science’s Department of Geography and is extremely intelligent. As in off the charts: an IQ of 160+. Radek Pileček. A young man known for having cast doubt on elections results and who came in second in the ‘Smartest Czech’ competition.

Disinformation online by malicious actors by now will surprise few people – but the big question is how best to tackle the problem. Increasingly, some are saying more damage than good is committed when the issue is framed only in alarmist terms and described solely as conflict or war – shutting down critical thinking.

Night Mayor Jan Štern

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Monday, 03 June 2019 14:54

More and more cities around the world are introducing a job at city hall known as the Night Mayor – an official tasked with cultivating nightlife while lessening negatives such as noise, vandalism, or generally rowdy behaviour disturbing residents’ lives and sleep.


This week saw the start of the 6th Summer Seminar on Nationalism, Religion and Violence co-organised by Charles University and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in Prague. The event began with a keynote lecture by Oxford University’s Stathis Kalyvas, entitled “The Landscape of Political Violence” focusing on everything from classic warfare to asymmetrical conflict.