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Startups in eastern Europe tap public money as private investors bail

Jul 31 2020

PRAGUE/WARSAW When altFINS' private backer pulled out of a financing deal in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Slovak blockchain startup had another option - publicly-funded venture firm Crowdberry.

Coronavirus 'Class of 2020': Europe's lost generation?

Jul 09 2020

PRAGUE When Dunia Skaunicova graduated in media marketing from Prague's Metropolitan university she quickly found a dream first job at a startup in the Czech capital, where companies were fighting to snap up multi-lingual graduates.

New documentary traces Czech Hasek's long road to success

Jun 17 2020

PRAGUE Growing up in the shadow of big brother Dominik, who starred in ice hockey from an early age, footballer Martin Hasek travelled a bumpier road to sporting success but one that nevertheless took him to the Champions League and Czech Republic side.

Cauliflower and cheaper beer as Prague puts local tourists first

Jun 03 2020

PRAGUE From Czech-speaking tour guides on the Charles Bridge to cheaper beer at Old Town Square pubs and traditional fried cauliflower on the menu, Prague businesses that rely on tourism are looking local to survive the summer season.

For Hire: Central Europe's business services firms spy a chance in crisis

May 13 2020

PRAGUE/WARSAW As the COVID-19 pandemic wipes out jobs and empties offices across the world, companies in Central Europe that provide remote, lower-cost services for multinationals are emerging as winners in the new business order.

Thirsty Czechs toast return to beer gardens as lockdown eases

May 11 2020

PRAGUE Thirsty Czechs were allowed to return to beer gardens on Monday in one of the government's most eagerly anticipated measures to relax coronavirus restrictions.

On this day: Born May 3, 1942: Vera Caslavska, Czech gymnast

May 02 2020

When Vera Caslavska bowed her head and turned away in protest at the Soviet anthem during the 1968 Olympics, the Czech gymnast cemented her place as not only one of the country's greatest athletes but also as a powerful voice against Communist rule.

Czech lawmakers call on government to look beyond China for coronavirus supplies

Apr 18 2020

PRAGUE Czech lawmakers took aim on Friday at the government's decision buy protective equipment from China to limit the coronavirus outbreak and called for the next batch of supplies to come domestically or from closer to home.

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