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While Charles IV is a household name in the Czech Republic, Rudolf II sometimes gets overlooked, despite being the king who moved the Habsburg residency from Vienna back to Prague in the 17th century. This made Prague the place to be at the time. As a child, Rudolf lived in Vienna until he was 11 years old, when his father Maximillian sent him off with his siblings to study with his uncle, Spanish King Filip II.  Rule of the King As Maximillian’s oldest son, Rudolf took the throne in 1576 after his death and moved the dynasty to Prague, making the city a cultural and political centre of Europe. It was during this era that you could peruse the streetsRead more.

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Following Slavia Prague player Ondřej Kúdela’s alleged racist comment towards a black player from the Scottish Rangers team, lawyers have now mobilized with the intent of kicking the Czech team out of the UEFA league. Aamer Anwar, the lawyer representing Glen Kamara who accuses Kúdela of calling him a “f*cking monkey” during a scuffle on the field, wants Slavia Prague to be banned from UEFA for at least 2 years.  In an interview with Talksport, Anwar notes that Slavia Prague officials were forced to condemn their fans for posting a photo of themselves holding a banner that deployed racist and derogatory comments towards Kamara, but that it wasn’t enough to merely condemn it. “Glen wants action to be taken andRead more.

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In an open letter to prime minister Andrej Babiš, Czech violin virtuoso Pavel Šporcl says that culture in the Czech Republic has reached all-time lows.  “Culture has basically ceased to exist. I’m not even referring to the fact that there can’t be any concerts, theaters, or exhibition halls, etc. I just mean there’s a state where there is no talk of culture… I don’t even remember seeing or hearing the Minister of Culture talking about culture and the need to preserve it, there’s no psychological and financial support for artists, the government doesn’t care about its importance… Only normal people, the consumer, miss the concerts and theatre performances and cinemas.”  Šporcl asserts that while e-celebs and influencers have done wellRead more.