Fighting fatigue

The unspoken aspect of war It’s easy to get exhausted soon after startling news breaks. But dealing with a limited attention span is only one side of the tiredness that …

Reflections of the Russian Empire

The generation of late baby boomers to which I belong is unlikely to see normalized relations or even friendly relations with Russia. This is not a step into the unknown …

Second return to Europe

The second Czech presidency of the European Union will be little burdened by the memory of the inglorious end of the first attempt, when we finally sweetened the deal for …

Making sense of the war

As the shock of war gives way to reflection, Ukrainian public discourse has turned to questions of the past, present and future: When did Russia’s war on Ukraine start? What …

Metaverse wars

War becomes the twin of communication: the development of media has not only changed how warfare is reported, but also how it’s fought. The working rule of the warriors is …

Losses and finds of Central Europe

Russia’s war against Ukraine is an attempt to settle outstanding post-imperial scores and consolidate spheres of influence. It is also about real and perceived cultural and political boundaries in Europe, …

The justice train from Bucha

The egregious crimes against Ukraine’s civilian population might just be too much for the International Criminal Court to handle. Not only does it lack resources but it also doesn’t have …

Defined by silence

The Ukrainian art that was destroyed – and the art that never happened Ukrainian artists are struggling to invent a new language to express their experience of the war, one …

Save, not sacrifice!

The news that the defenders of Mariupol had left the underground of the Azovstal steelworks for Russian captivity brought no relief to their families or to Ukrainian society. If this …

Russianness is murder

A changing view of the recent past. České Budějovice decided to remove Valentina Těreškovová’s name from the list of honorary citizens of the city, where it had been since the …

No limits? China, Russia and Ukraine

China’s failure to condemn Russia’s war on Ukraine seems to have confirmed the two autocracies’ friendship with no limits. But China has its own stakes in the war-torn country. Ultimately, …

War and indignation

At the end of April, the world-famous German philosopher Jürgen Habermas commented in the Süddeutsche Zeitung on the attitudes of the West and Germany towards the war in Ukraine and …

Flags of survival

The Ukrainians trapped underground in besieged Mariupol steel works were instructed to wave white flags. They face a warring nation whose people once suffered a crippling war of extermination themselves. …