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1/2009 content:

Everyone must respect the rules – says Mirek Topolánek, Czech Prime Minister and current EU Council President, Madeleine Albright: A Political Original – a portrait of the first woman to become American Secretary of State, The Czech Republic: Ten Years in NATO – Czechs cofirm their role within the North Atlantic Pact, We Took Part in the Battle of Britain – Czech pilots and their important role in the air battles of the Second World War, Gallery – Czech pilots in the service of the RAF; unique photos by Ladislav Sitenský, Three Aces in Brussels – Which important Czechs now make the European metropolis their permanent home?, Subcarpathian Rus Returns – the continuing
relationship between the Czech Republic and a former part of Czechoslovakia, The Czech Presence in Bulgaria – Czechs and their leading role in establishing Bulgarian archaeology, civil engineering and education, How We Built Sarajevo – how Czech architects, headed by Karel Parik, changed the face of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Eighteen Years on its Own Hundred Feet – the children’s peace movement Centipede, which has collected more than 3.8 million euros for charity, Mosaic – events linked to the Czech Presidency of the EU Council, EUROPA MUSICALIS – the international opera festival Smetana’s Litomyšl, now with a more than fifty-year-old tradition

2/2009 content:

“The Union must not fail to ensure prosperity,” – says Alexandr Vondra, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, What is Czech beer? – the most distinctive Czech product: taking on Brussels, Tatra – the famous Czech vehicle manufacturer looking to production in the USA, Blata Blansko – a Czech motorcycle manufacture at war with Chinese copycats and his “tough roots”, Maestro of Crystal – the story of Czech glassmaker Miroslav Havel, Photogallery – Czech 100 design icons, Playing Around in Brussels – the interactive exhibition Orbis
Pictus, or “Please touch!”, Czech Scientists on Distant Continents – the Czech entomologist Jan Zdarek and his battle against the tsetse fly, Machu Picchu Endangered? – the Czech geologist Vít Vilímek and the sacred city of the Incas, My Place is in the Laboratory – the Czech scientist Antonín Holý, discoverer of dozens of highly effective medicines, Mosaic – events linked to the Czech Presidency of the EU Council, Martinů Revisited – marking the fiftieth anniversary of the death of one of the most famous Czech composers

3/2009 content:

A Second Life for Czech PET Bottles – as transformed by the artist Veronika Richterova, An Electricity Powerhouse – the Czech CEZ, one of Europe’s most successful electric power firms, The Future of Energy is Alternative – notes on a growing trend among Czechs, Protecting the Climate – a priority of the Czech Presidency, Photogallery – ecological and nature-friendly architecture, An Invitation to the Czech
Forests – the right to ramble, firmly based in Czech law, Returning Animals to their Homes – the return to the wild of the unique Prewalski’s Horse and other species, The Air is Getting Cleaner – eco-agriculture, eco-foods, clean air, Mosaic – events relating to the Czech Presidency of the EU, Seeking and Finding the Most Beautiful Trees – the annual Tree of the Year award

4/2009 content:

The Light and the Dark of the Rudolphine Era – Rudolph II’s reign (1575–1612), a time of great change in Prague, The World of the Man of Paper – the Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527–1593) and his multifaceted talents , Mystical Places in Bohemia and Moravia – mysterious places in the heart of Europe, presented by Jan A. Novak, An Enlightened Patron – Franz Anton Count Sporck (1662–1738), one of Baroque Bohemia’s most unusual noblemen , Photogallery – Matyáš Bernard Braun’s Virtues and Vices at the chateau complex in Kuks,
Historical Fencing, or a Republic of Knights – the sound of knightly combat enlivening Czech castles, chateaus, fortified towers and ruins , King of the Engravers Zdenek Mezl – portrait of an outstanding contemporary Czech graphic artist, The Distant Past in Czech Films – Czech history on the screen, interpreted by the film critic Jan Foll, Mosaic – recent events in the Czech Republic, Mount Calvary in Jaromerice – a charming pilgrimage site not far from Jaromerice u Jevicka

5/2009 content:

Recalling November 1989 – introductory words from Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kohout, Charter 77 and the Dissident Movement – historian Milan Barta’s survey of the origin and activities of a group of activists working against the regime , November – two Novembers in Czech history, as seen by Antoine Marčs, OF – Civic Forum – the political movement that arose , Gallery – the departure of Soviet soldiers from Czechoslovakia as captured by Karel Cudlín, Two Lives from Narodní trida – Monika
Pajerova and Simon Panek, two representatives of the student movement in the late 1980s, Our Contribution to the EU – suggestions by four leading public figures as to what the Czech Republic can offer the EU, If Magor didn’t exist, it would be necessary to invent him – Ivan Martin Jirous, poet and dissident , Mosaic – milestones during the last twenty years in Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, Children of the Revolution – twenty-year-olds in the Czech Republic

6/2009 content:

Mime – the history and present state of Czech mime, as seen by Ladislava Petiskova, The Unhappy Pierrot – the story of the Czech-French actor Jean-Gaspard Deburau, The Flagship – Archa Theatre – introducing innovative productions and leading personalities from abroad to the Czech Republic, and promoting its own creations , Czech Amateur Theatre – The first amateur theatre was founded in Vysoka nad Jizerou by Jan Petruska in 1786., A Year in the National Theatre – a photo project by Bohdan Holomicek , Goose on a String – two adventurous projects by the
leading Moravian experimental theatre: One Hundred Years of the Cobra and Perversion in Bohemia, The Wooden Universe of Vera and Frantisek – Few artists are as demanding and uncompromising in their craft as Vera Ricarova and Frantisek Vitek, says Ondrej Hrab., ChecoArt – the mysteries of art and puppetry taught to selected Brazilians by Czech artists , Mosaic – selected cultural events in the Czech Republic towards the end of 2009, The Summer Letna Festival – introducing a new phenomenon to the Czech Republic – contemporary circus

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Welcome to The Heart of Europe

Welcome to the Heart of Europe is a bi-monthly magazine devoted to the Czech Republic published by THEO Publishing in cooperation with the Press Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It was launched in 1994 and is distributed to Czech embassies and consulates abroad, missions and Czech information and cultural centres as well as to passengers on Czech Airlines flights.

It appears in five languages: English, German, Spanish, French and Russian.

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A Japanese edition of the review Welcome to the Heart of Europe!
In late 2004, we published a special issue of the review devoted entirely to Czech music. This issue has now been translated into Japanese, making it the first-ever Japanese language edition of our magazine.


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