Martin Ehl

Chief International Editor of the Czech economic daily Hospodářské noviny and a syndicated columnist writing on Central European issues.

Growth and Its Discontents

Central Europe is thriving as never before in history. Any macroeconomic indicator will tell you that. While the measures are imperfect, the Prague and Bratislava regions appear among the top ten richest in the EU by purchasing power per capita. While the eurozone struggles to reach growth over 1% per annum, in Central Europe 3% […]
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Empire to Republic | Anxious 8: What Will 2018 Bring Anxious Czechs?

With a rocky history behind them, Czechs never had it so good – and they secretly know, despite all the grumbling. Czechs are a bit obsessed with years ending in “8” – and the history of the 20th cen...
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Siblings Reunited: How Open Borders are Reconnecting the Central Europe Family

Austria shares a rich history and culture with its Central European brothers and sisters. Now that borders have disappeared, the region is once again thriving as one Family rela...
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Opinion | How Putin’s Visit to Hungary has Changed the Game in Europe

An unspectacular visit by Vladimir Putin is an important measure of the growing pressures on a united Europe On February 2, Vladimir Putin arrived in Budapest. That simple sentence written in thi...

Opinion | Education in Post-Communist CEE

What is the best role for government in higher education, hands-on or off the table? It might seem strange that a generation after the fall of the Iron Curtain, good quality education is still sc...
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International: Innovation in Eastern Europe – Rupture, Risk And the Quiet Life

Shattering upheavals have left Central and Eastern Europe longing for calm, but a disruptive new generation is looking towards innovation There has been no shortage of out-of-the-box ideas: A fly...

Op-ed: In Brexit, We All Lose

Britain, our role model in language, constitutional law, education and business, would gradually feel farther and farther away I want to encourage my children to learn English, although they are ...

Op-Ed: The Short Long Term

With Central European governments constantly changing the rules, it has become impossible for families or businesses to plan for the future A quarter century might seem like a long time, surely t...

International: The New European Divide

How the refugees bring the danger of new walls between East and West The wave of refugees flooding in across the borders has caught the European Union off guard. While older EU members have atte...