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Budvar Defeats Budweiser

Budvar Defeats Budweiser

Czech brewer Budějovický Budvar has won a U.K. court appeal, defending its right to market its beer as Budweiser in Britain. Anheuser-Busch, the U.S.-based brewer of Budweiser “The King of Beers”, had contested the 14 Jul 2012 verdict to dismiss the Budweiser trademark registered in the U.K. by the Czech brewer. “The coexistence of the […]

Croatia Introduces Cyrillic

Croatia Introduces Cyrillic

The Croatian government announced plans to install municipal signs written in both Latin and Cyrillic scripts in the eastern city of Vukovar and its surrounding municipalities. The decision is a response to constitutional law requiring bi-lingual signs where a minority surpasses 30 per cent of the population. Vukovar remains a symbolic place as the location […]

Polish Fritzl Bar

Polish Fritzl Bar

A restaurant owner in Warsaw relinquished efforts to open a cellar bar in honour of convicted rapist Josef Fritzl. City authorities blocked the mid-January opening of the locale “U Fritzla” on Warsaw’s Nowy Swiat street, and announced potential fines for the tenant. Intending black humour, the bar’s logo featured a headshot of the Austrian, who […]

Poland/Slovakia 2022?

Poland/Slovakia 2022?

Taking a page from the recently co-hosted European Football Championships, Poland and Slovakia are expected to jointly bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. The presidents of both countries expressed support for the idea, dividing the estimated €1.5 billion cost of the event. The shared border along the High Tatras would play host to […]

Pan-Balkan production of The Odyssey goes on tour

Pan-Balkan production of The Odyssey goes on tour

Macedonian playwright Goran Stefanovski’s rendition of the classic Odyssey completed an initial run in Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia to rave reviews. One of the largest co-productions ever arranged in the Balkans, its cast features actors and actresses from across the ex-Yugoslavia region, led by Croatian Ozren Grabarić in the role of Odysseus. Participating institutions include […]

ESA approves €10 billion space programme

ESA approves €10 billion space programme

The European Space Agency met with European Ministers to approve the allocation of €10 billion for the future of Europe’s space programme at a 20-21 Nov. summit in Naples, Italy. Twenty ESA member states, Canada, and eight observer states (Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, the Slovak Republic and Malta) attended the meeting, approving the […]

Czech writer and dissident Jan Trefulka dies

Czech writer and dissident Jan Trefulka dies

Author and former dissident Jan Trefulka died 22 Nov. at the age of 83 in his native Brno. The writer was known as a member of the underground intellectual community opposing the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia. A writer of short stories, prose and literary criticism, Trefulka was also a journalist, and editor-in-chief of  the Moravian […]

Ryanair slashes flights to Budapest

Ryanair slashes flights to Budapest

Budget airline Ryanair announced plans to reduce service at Budapest Airport  from 30 lines to 20, citing a rise in airport fees. The move is the latest blow for the airport, in the wake of the demise of Hungarian national carrier Malev last February, and of the closure of Terminal 1 last May due to […]

Martin Ehl Wins “Writing for CEE” Journalism Prize

Martin Ehl Wins “Writing for CEE” Journalism Prize

We are proud to announce that Martin Ehl, regular contributing writer to The Vienna Review, was awarded the Writing for CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) Journalism Prize 2012. Created by APA (Austria Presse Agentur) and UniCredit Bank Austria, the €5,000 prize has been given once a year since 2004. The media play an important role […]

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