East European backwardness is undergoing an unexpected renaissance.
The median Czech salary has grown in the past year. But growth itself does not prevent economic insecurity.
In the Czech Republic, ultra-conservative associations fighting against ‘homosexualism’ are not nearly as strong as in Slovakia or Poland. One Social Democratic MP has become their unexpected ally.
TV Prima’s manipulation of news coverage concerning refugees clearly breaches journalistic standards. But neither the Czech broadcasting authorities nor the station’s Swedish owners are willing to address the issue.
Economist Ilona Švihlíková’s new book shows that there were alternatives to the failed privatization of the 1990s, just as there are alternatives to the current bleak state of affairs.