PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech President Milos Zeman will appoint Karel Havlicek, the head of a small business association and deputy chief of the government's science and research council, as new industry minister on April 30, a spokesman said on Monday. The president will also appoint lawyer Vladimir Kremlik as new transport minister, replacing Dan Tok who resigned after serving more than four years, a record tenure for the transport post. Havlicek's main tasks will be regulating the telecoms market and preparing a project to boost the European Union country's nuclear power capacity. Both ministries are controlled by Prime Minister Andrej Babis's ANO party, which leads the coalition government. (Reporting by Robert Muller; Editing by Frances Kerry) … [Read more...] about Czech president to appoint new ministers on April 30
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Europe Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Europe | China Enlarges Its Circle in Europe, and Tries to Convince Europeans It Comes in Peace Advertisement Supported by ByMarc Santora April 12, 2019 BRIJESTA, Croatia — China’s premier surveyed construction of a long-sought bridge over Croatia’s Mali Ston Bay, home to China’s largest infrastructure project in Europe — built by a Chinese company with Chinese workers, and financed in large part by European Union money. A driving rain lashed the hills while the premier, Li Keqiang, was there on Thursday. But, Mr. Li declared. “This bridge will be a rainbow on earth.” The reassuring language was part of a broader effort to convince increasingly skeptical European nations that China comes in peace. Fresh from a summit meeting with European Union leaders this week, Mr. … [Read more...] about China Enlarges Its Circle in Europe, and Tries to Convince Europeans It Comes in Peace
Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press Updated 6:25 pm PDT, Wednesday, April 10, 2019 In this photo taken Friday, March 1, 2019, a woman walks by Chinese flag placed on a street in Belgrade, Serbia. Chinese investments have been booming throughout Central and Eastern Europe's cash-strapped developing countries, even as European Union officials scramble to counter Beijing's mounting economic and political influence the EU has branded a ''systematic rival.'' less In this photo taken Friday, March 1, 2019, a woman walks by Chinese flag placed on a street in Belgrade, Serbia. Chinese investments have been booming throughout Central and Eastern Europe's cash-strapped ... more Photo: Darko Vojinovic, AP Photo: Darko Vojinovic, AP Image 1 of / 19 Caption Close Image 1 of 19 In this photo … [Read more...] about China’s spreading influence in Eastern Europe worries West
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — Names of medieval Serbian, Hungarian and Bulgarian knights were scrawled on the magazines of a rifle belonging to the suspected attacker behind New Zealand's worst-ever mass shooting. A Serbian folk song glorifying Radovan Karadzic — the Bosnian Serb leader convicted of war crimes against Muslims during the war that tore apart Yugoslavia in the mid-1990s — played in Brenton Tarrant's car minutes before he allegedly launched the attack that killed 50 at two mosques in Christchurch. The Australian had also traveled in southeastern Europe twice in the past two years. Tarrant's fascination with the region shines a spotlight on half-forgotten myths about Crusader knights and Serbian nationalists who fought Muslim armies. These stories have become popular among white supremacists online — a narrative that also periodically bleeds into politics offline. "We see this whole association of Islamophobia with this kind of fake past of Teutonic knights … [Read more...] about Mosque massacre exposes right-wing extremists’ fascination with medieval Balkan battles
By Josh Chin WSJ Sat., Feb. 9, 2019 The global internet is splitting in two. One side, championed in China, is a digital landscape where mobile payments have replaced cash. Smartphones are the devices that matter, and users can shop, chat, bank and surf the web with one app. The downsides: The government reigns absolute, and it is watching—you may have to communicate with friends in code. And don’t expect to access Google or Facebook. On the other side, in much of the world, the internet is open to all. Users can say what they want, mostly, and web developers can roll out pretty much anything. People accustomed to China’s version complain this other internet can seem clunky. You must toggle among apps to chat, shop, bank and surf the web. Some websites still don’t seem to be designed with smartphones in mind. The two zones are beginning to clash with the advent of the superfast new generation of mobile technology called 5G. China aims to be … [Read more...] about The Internet, Divided Between the U.S. and China, Has Become a Battleground.