Ondřej Slačálek

is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Charles University, Prague; was Jan Patočka Junior Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in 2017.


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The horrifying right to one’s own context

Seven rules of culture warfare

Anybody can become a cultural warrior, even unwillingly. With common grounds diminishing and liberals and conservatives dead-set against each other, is the Left doomed to fail?

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Sources of uncertain hope

Czech Republic, Spain, Norway and Belgium after the EP elections

After May’s elections, Prague saw the largest public demonstration since the Velvet Revolution. The country now hosts the strongest Pirate Party in Europe, while Spain provides the largest national component in the S&D bloc. Norway may yet become Europe’s green battery, as Belgium faces a great divide.

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Of hopes and ends

Czech transformations after 1989

It is not the case that the move towards populism has spoiled democratic hopes in central and eastern Europe. The hope was part of the problem from the beginning, despite its emancipatory potential, or even because of it. We have to ask two questions: ‘what kind of hope?’ and ‘hope for what?

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Unusually high stakes

Italy, Latvia and the Czech Republic before the EP elections

Overt euroscepticism pervades the political climate in Italy but is hardly anywhere to be found in Latvia. Meanwhile, low turnout in the Czech Republic may help facilitate a rightwing ‘Europe of nations’, despite the alternatives on the table.

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