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Commissioner calls on the Czech Republic to ensure legislative changes do not harm inclusive education efforts  Council of Europe

In a letter to the Czech Republic's Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš, and Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Robert Plaga, published today, the Commissioner ...

Council of Europe
No-deal Brexit: Poland and Czech Republic to allow Britons to stay if UK crashes out  The Guardian

Emergency laws being written to enable Britons to remain and work in the two countries in event of no-deal Brexit.

The Guardian
Czech Republic PM says he will reopen embassy in Singapore  The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - One of the first things on the agenda for Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis when he heads home after his first official trip to Singapore, ...

The Straits Times
Apple Pay may reach Slovakia & Czech Republic this spring  AppleInsider

Filling out important gaps in the European market, Apple Pay is reportedly poised to arrive in Slovakia and/or the Czech Republic somewhere between late ...

Pace of motorway construction in Czech Republic 'too slow', claims NGO  Emerging Europe

Motorway construction in the Czech Republic is too slow compared to other EU member states, despite government reassurance about the huge investments ...

Emerging Europe
Singapore, Czech Republic have much in common, beyond Bata  The Straits Times

Bata shoes and beer. These are two strong associations that Singaporeans have with the Czech Republic.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

The Straits Times
Apple Pay set to go live in Czech Republic and Slovakia?  NFC World

Apple Pay will launch in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in late February to early March, according to Seznam Zprávy and Živé… Czech Republic's two.

NFC World
Singapore and the Czech Republic have more in common than Bata shoes and beer: PM Lee  The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Bata shoes and beer. These are two strong associations that Singaporeans have with the Czech Republic.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

The Straits Times
Apple Pay is coming to the Czech Republic next month - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Apple Pay, the popular mobile payment and digital wallet *service*, will be making its debut in the Czech Republic later next month after a few years on the market ...

Prague to celebrate 30 years of Pixar animation - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

From the early animated shorts to “Toy Story” and “The Incredibles”; across more than thirty years of development and hard work, from a small team of animation ...

Commission puts Czech PM's old businesses under the microscope  EURACTIV

Auditors from the European Commission are in the Czech Republic to take a closer look at EU subsidies for a holding of companies formerly owned by the ...

Czech Republic rated the 2nd most-welcoming country in the world - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

The Czech Republic isn't exactly known for its customer *service*. Which is why a new ranking from Dutch start-up Booking.com may come as a bit of surprise to ...

UPC Czech Republic lifts annual data traffic by 15 percent  Telecompaper

UPC Czech Republic gas reported a 15 percent year-on-year increase in the volume of data traffic from 620000 TB in 2017 to 714000 TB. The annual average ...

Explosion at Coal Mine in Czech Republic Kills 13 People  TIME

(PRAGUE) — The death toll in a methane explosion that hit a coal mine in northeast Czech Republic increased to 13, a mining company said Friday.

Czech PM wants to reopen embassy here, Singapore News & Top Stories  The Straits Times

One of the first things on the agenda for Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis when he returns home after his first official trip to Singapore, and to Asia, ...

The Straits Times
Snom partners with Joyce to distribute products in Czech Republic and Slovakia  Telecompaper

German-based IP provider Snom has announced a partnership with Joyce, a distributor of IT and telecommunications products in the Czech Republic and ...

NSoft and Fortuna to debut with Lucky Six in Czech Republic  CalvinAyre.com

Lucky Six, NSoft's premium draw based virtual game, has found its way to the Czech Republic audience. The partnership agreement was signed with the ...

Watchdogs slam pace of Czech motorway construction, as bookies take bets on transport minister's ousting  Radio Prague

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš boasts that his government has achieved an unprecedented level of investment and motorway construction. Meanwhile, a survey by ...

Radio Prague
Czech Republic Warns Against Using Huawei, ZTE Products  VOA News

The Czech Republic's cybersecurity watchdog is warning against the use of products by Chinese electronics giant Huawei and another Chinese ...

VOA News
China Could Respond to Czech Republic, Poland Over Huawei Case - Pundits  Sputnik International

As expert from the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies Mikhail Belyaev has told Sputnik, the Czech Republic and Poland's support for the United States on the ...

Sputnik International
Czech democracy ‘under threat’ from rising debt crisis  The Guardian

Snowed under with debts from a failed business, Renata's hands shook as she told a tale of financial misery that drove her to contemplate suicide and visited ...

The Guardian
Foreigners now make up 11% of the Czech workforce - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

While the number of foreigners residing in the Czech Republic makes up only 5% of the total population, they make up a much higher percentage of employees.

First ever public bird census in Czech Republic now underway  Radio Prague

The first ever public bird census got underway in the Czech Republic on Friday. Over the course of the next three days, people can observe bird flocking on the ...

Radio Prague
Deri mourns at Theresienstadt on official visit to Czech Republic  The Jerusalem Post - Israel News

"The Lord will avenge the blood of all the Jews and of all the children who were murdered," Deri wrote in the guestbook.

The Jerusalem Post - Israel News
Once the same nation, the Czech Republic and Slovakia look very different religiously  Pew Research Center

On Jan. 1, 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, an event sometimes called the “Velvet Divorce.” But despite having ...

Pew Research Center
Czech Republic presents 8 hopefuls and songs for Eurovision 2019  Eurovision.tv

You can now vote for your favourite Czech Republic national finalist for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

Weston-super-Mare couple collect teddy bears for children in Czech Republic | Latest Weston-super-Mare and Somerset news  Weston Mercury

A Weston couple has shipped dozens of bears off to unwell children in Europe.

Weston Mercury
T-Mobile Czech Republic to rent, not sell, landline service equipment  Telecompaper

T-Mobile Czech Republic will no longer sell devices to landline services. It will rather lease them. The lease of devices is extended for Fixed DSL Internet and ...

7 New Year's resolutions for expats in Prague and the Czech Republic - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Kick off the year by going easy on yourself say experts; resolutions can be a lot harder to keep when you live in a foreign country!

OUTLOOK 2019 Czech Republic  bne IntelliNews

OUTLOOK 2019 Czech RepublicThe Czech economy is driven mainly by private consumption that is expected to slow to 3.0% in 2018. Central and ...

bne IntelliNews
Russia beats Czech Republic 2-1 in world juniors  Star Tribune

Artyom Galimov and Nikolai Kovalenko scored and Russia beat the Czech Republic 2-1 on Friday night to improve to 2-0 in the world junior hockey ...

Star Tribune
GAR Article: Prague rules premiere in Czech Republic  GAR

The long-awaited Prague rules, intended to give a more civil law flavour to arbitration procedure where desired, have launched in the Czech Republic, with.

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Czech geography - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Can you ace this quiz devoted to Czech natural wonders and geography?

What did Czech Republic Google in 2018?  PRAGUE.TV - Living Like a Local!

Search engine giant Google has released its annual breakdown of internet searches for 2018. People in the Czech Republic again differed from the global ...

PRAGUE.TV - Living Like a Local!
Czech Republic to preserve rights of Britons in case of no-deal Brexit  Emerging Europe

The Czech government has agreed on legislation that will guarantee the rights of British citizens living in the country in the case of a no-deal Brexit, until at least ...

Emerging Europe
Czech Republic: Industry remains solid in November | Snap  ING Think

Industrial production grew by 4.8% YoY in November. One extra working day played a role and adjusting for that, Czech industry would have grown by 1.5% ...

ING Think
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech to retire at end of season  The Republic

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech says he is planning to retire from soccer at the end of the season.

The Republic
Convicted rapist set to be deported after he's arrested  Birmingham Live

Central Motorway Police Group stopped his car and found he was wanted.

Birmingham Live
NaFilM National Film Museum opens tomorrow in Prague - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

The first of its kind in the Czech Republic, the NaFilm Museum delivers a look at the fascinating history of cinema.

On 50th anniversary of Jan Palach's death, new information about Czech martyr revealed - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

On January 16, 1969, Charles University philosophy student Jan Palach set fire to himself in front of the National Museum on Wenceslas Square in protest ...

Czech Republic is EU's largest exporter of toys  Emerging Europe

The Czech Republic is the largest exporter of toys in the European Union, exporting over two billion euros worth a year. The country outpaces even Germany, ...

Emerging Europe
United States Earns Victory Over Czech Republic  WDIO

The Americans beat the Czech Republic 3-1 in Victoria to set up a semifinal against the winner of the late quarterfinal between Group A winner Russia and ...

A look behind the Czech Republic's job miracle  DW (English)

It's an ordinary day in Mlada Boleslav, a Czech town some 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of the country's capital, Prague. Everyone out on the streets looks ...

DW (English)
Czech dissident Jan Palach inspired action 50 years ago in Prague  DW (English)

In 1969, the Czech student Jan Palach self-immolated to stir his compatriots. He called himself "Torch No. 1" and warned the leaders of Czechoslovakia that ...

DW (English)
Gameday: US Takes on Czech Republic in 2019 WJC Quarterfinals  USA Hockey

The U.S. National Junior Team (3-0-1-0) faces the Czech Republic (1-1-0-2) tonight in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

USA Hockey
Immigration Detention in the Czech Republic: “We Will Not Accept Even One More Refugee” - Czechia  ReliefWeb

The Czech Republic (Czechia) became an important transit country for asylum seekers attempting to reach Europe during the height of the “refugee crisis.

Martin Necas To Represent Czech Republic At 2019 World Juniors  Charlotte Checkers Official Website

The Carolina Hurricanes have assigned rookie forward Martin Necas to the Czech Republic national team ahead of the 2019 World Junior Championships.

Charlotte Checkers Official Website
EU tables dual-quality food ban, angering Czech politicians - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Savvy expats know that heading to Germany to shop for everything from clothes to groceries can mean a big difference in quality and price when compared to ...

Kvasnicka scores in OT, Czech Republic beats Switzerland to open world juniors  The Province

VICTORIA — The Americans waited until the third period to turn it on against Slovakia and avoid an upset.Trailing by a goal through 40 minutes, the United ...

The Province
Czech Republic is one of the world's most taxed countries - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

The tax burden in the Czech Republic is above the OECD average according to new data.

The Czech Republic is Europe's biggest exporter of toys - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Forget Santa Claus: the Czech Republic distributed two billion euro worth of toys this year, the most in Europe.

UNICEF report card gives Czech education low marks - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

A new study provides an overview of the differences in the education of children in 41 developed countries, including the Czech Republic.

Work in the Czech Republic? Use 10 vacation days for a 20-day holiday this spring! - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Due to a late Easter this year, Czech employees can string together a 20-day holiday for the cost of 9 vacation days.

Colorado Eagles loan forward Martin Kaut to Czech Republic  Greeley Tribune

The Czech Republic national junior hockey team just improved — thanks to the Colorado Eagles. The Eagles have loaned forward Martin Kaut to the Czech ...

Greeley Tribune
3 keys to success for US against Czech Republic in World Juniors  NHL.com

The NHL Network will provide exclusive live telecasts of all United States games during the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria, ...

15.01.2019 Para ice hockey Worlds hosts in action  International Paralympic Committee

The World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup is not the only sport event taking place in Ostersund this week as the Swedish city also hosts the Para Ice Hockey ...

International Paralympic Committee
2020 World Juniors: Who is Going to Czech Republic?  SBN College Hockey

It ended in heartbreak, but the 2019 World Juniors was nothing short of huge success for the United States. Looking under-manned at the outset, the United ...

SBN College Hockey
Czech holiday calendar -- how many days off in 2019? - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

How many working days to expect in 2019 and, more importantly, how many long weekends!

Trulioo Launches Verification In Czech Republic, Slovakia  pymnts.com

Trulioo, the global identity verification company, has announced that it now offers its ID verification services to customers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Argentina to play Czech Republic in March friendly  mundoalbiceleste.com

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 26: Marcos Rojo of Argentina celebrates with Lionel Messi, Cristian Pavon, Gabriel Mercado and Serigo Aguero after ...

Arab Parliament urges Czech Republic not to move its embassy  Arutz Sheva

The speaker of the Arab Parliament, Mishaal bin Fahm al-Salami, on Monday called on the Czech Republic not to relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, ...

Arutz Sheva
2018 was Prague's hottest year on record - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Last year was Prague's hottest in recorded history, according to data released over the weekend by the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute. Temperatures at ...

World junior roundup: Wins for U.S., Sweden, Czech Republic  CTV News

Lukas Dostal made 20 saves and the Czech Republic ended its preliminary round at the world junior hockey championship with a 4-0 win over Denmark.

CTV News
DIY teams up with Czech Republic & Slovakia for special In Focus ESNS magazine  DIY Magazine

We've teamed up with Eurosonic 2019's joint focus countries to introduce some of the artists who'll be playing.

DIY Magazine
Premature birth forces Lynn couple to spend holidays in the Czech Republic - Itemlive  Daily Item

A set of first-time parents will be forced to spend the holidays in the Czech Republic after their vacation ended with an emergency birth after only 29 weeks ...

Daily Item
Canada downs Czech Republic 5-1 to remain undefeated in world juniors  The Globe and Mail

Morgan Frost had a goal and an assist Saturday night, helping Team Canada to a 5-1 win over the Czech Republic at the world junior hockey championship.

The Globe and Mail
News in Brief: December's Headlines in the Czech Republic  Brno Daily

Brno, Jan 8 (BD) – A round-up of Czech news headlines from December and the New Year. Controversy Related to EU Subsidies Paid to Babiš' Firms ...

Brno Daily
The Czech unemployment rate is now the lowest ever recorded in the EU - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Over the past three years, the unemployment rate in the Czech Republic has plunged to historic lows. Now, it's breaking EU records. According to the latest ...

Thermostat wars! Czechs are freezing at work - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

We've covered the Czech hatred of air-conditioning and the battles over keeping cool at work during the summer months. But what about wintertime in the Czech ...

Rémy Cointreau sells distribution units in Slovakia, Czech Republic  FoodBev.com

Rémy Cointreau will sell its distribution subsidiaries in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to Mast-Jägermeister.

Coal mine explosion kills 13 in Czech Republic  UPI News

Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A methane gas explosion has killed at least 13 coal mine workers in the Czech Republic, the state-run mining company said. The blast ...

UPI News
Argentina, Czech Republic to play friendly in Germany in March  Greater Kashmir

Argentina's national team will play a friendly against the Czech Republic in Dresden on March 26, Argentina's football federation (AFA) has announced.

Greater Kashmir
Atos to build BullSquana Supercomputer in Czech Republic  insideHPC

Atos has announced plans to build a BullSequana XH2000 for IT4Innovations in the Czech Republic. The new supercomputer will be located in the National ...

Pensioner jailed on terror charge over fake “jihadist” attacks  Radio Prague

A pensioner has been convicted of terrorism after causing rail crashes intended to resemble jihadist attacks. A supporter of the Freedom and Direct Democracy ...

Radio Prague
Czech employers report hiring slow down in early 2019 - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Traditionally January-February is considered a key hiring time for employers of international relocates to Prague and the Czech Republic due to increased rates ...

Red Wings’ Filip Zadina to play for Czech Republic at world juniors  Sportsnet.ca

Filip Zadina's agent has confirmed the high-scoring Red Wings prospect will represent the Czech Republic at the world juniors this year.

Travel watch: Chicago to Prague, and back again  Hoodline

Here is how to travel from Chicago to the Czech Republic on the cheap.

112.ua: Ukrainian guest workers transferred 600 million euros from Czech Republic in 2018  Kyiv Post

The Ukrainian labor migrants sent to Ukraine 600 million euros as Radio Prague reported citing Czech Statistics Department. Read more here. Tags:.

Kyiv Post
Prague residents petition for stronger fireworks regulations - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

A new petition seeking greater regulation of New Year's Eve fireworks in Prague has been signed by thousands.

Argentina, Czech Republic to meet in March soccer friendly - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

BUENOS AIRES, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Argentina will fine-tune their preparations for this year's Copa America with a friendly against the Czech Republic in March, ...

Cultural Diversity Festival brings in Czech Republic and Iran to Katara  The Peninsula Qatar

Visitors at the Cultural Village Foundation— Katara witnessed a marvelous folk show from Czech Republic on Friday and Saturday within the Cultural Diversity ...

The Peninsula Qatar
Minimum Wage in the Czech Republic Increases to CZK 13350  Brno Daily

From this January, the minimum wage will rise by CZK 1,150 to CZK 13,350 (around EUR 520). As well as improving the financial situation of those on minimum ...

Brno Daily
Carbonear ball hockey player bound for Czech Republic  The Compass

Josh Kennedy excited to represent Canada at international championship.

The Compass
OWC Pharmaceutical Research Corp. granted patent for topical formulations in Czech Republic  The GrowthOp

Patent focuses on treatment or prevention of dermatologic conditions, including psoriasis, which can have an immense impact on sufferers' lives.

The GrowthOp
Czech Republic's Armed Forces to acquire RBS 70 NG air defence system  Airforce Technology

The Armed Forces of the Czech Republic has placed an order with Saab for the delivery of the latest RBS 70 NG air defence system.

Airforce Technology
Scope for several Czech rate hikes in next 18 months -cbank's Benda  Reuters

Interest-rate increases are still on the agenda in the Czech Republic and there could be several in the next year and a half depending on the circumstances, ...

Czech Republic: The CNB on hold, but the cycle is not over  ING Think

The Czech National Bank (CNB) remained on hold as broadly expected, but we believe the market heavily misinterpreted the CNB press conference. The hiking ...

ING Think
Top 10 must-watch Czech fairy tales for Christmas - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

This is a 2018 update of an older article, Czech Christmas Fairy Tales. In the English-speaking cinema world, there's no shortage of Christmas classics, ranging ...

Czech Republic immigrant Tom Bartos builds successful plumbing business  Suburban Life Publications

Tom Bartos develops product to streamline work in construction trades.

Suburban Life Publications
AMTECH to Sell Nano Dimension's DragonFly Pro in Czech Republic  Ten Links

NESS ZIONA, Israel, Jan 11, 2019 – Nano Dimension Ltd., a leading additive electronics provider, announced it is further expanding its presence in EMEA with ...

Ten Links
Czech manufacturing above world average in use of robots, says HSBC study  Radio Prague

For every 10000 employees in the Czech Republic, there are 101 robots. This measurement, used in a recent HSBC study, places the Central European state ...

Radio Prague
Slovakia is less flexible due to work surcharges  The Slovak Spectator

Slovakia has become less flexible in employment. Its position in the Employment Flexibility Index has dropped by six places in 2019, the Institute of Economic ...

The Slovak Spectator
Ian Ritchie shortlisted in Prague regeneration contest | News  Architects Journal

Ian Ritchie Architects is among 12 teams competing for a 1200-unit residential regeneration project in central Prague, Czech Republic.

Architects Journal
US Beats Czech Republic, 6-2, in 2019 WJC Pre-Tournament Action  USA Hockey

Oliver Wahlstrom (Quincy, Mass./Boston College) scored twice and 10 other U.S. players registered at least one point as the U.S. National Junior Team defeated ...

USA Hockey
VIDEO: Team USA defeats Czech Republic at B.C. exhibition game  Trail Times

Standout performance by Canucks prospect Hughes.

Trail Times
Canada beats Czech Republic 5-1 in world junior hockey  Montreal Gazette

Morgan Frost had a goal and an assist, Michael DiPietro made 23 saves and Canada beat the Czech Republic 5-1 on Saturday night to improve to 3-0 in the ...

Montreal Gazette
Czech Christmas traditions explained, from Ježíšek to the Golden Pig  Radio Prague

Veselé Vánoce! A very Merry Christmas to you all from Radio Prague! In today's special programme we explore how the holiday is traditionally celebrated here ...

Radio Prague
Czechs top toy exporters in Europe, thanks to LEGO  Radio Prague

The Czech Republic is Europe's top toy distributor, exporting more than 50 billion crowns now annually, according to a new study by UniCredit bank. LEGO ...

Radio Prague
Cultural festival to showcase Czech Republic, Iran folkloric bands  Gulf Times

A one-of-its-kind folk show, featuring the Czech band Danag, enthralled visitors at Katara - the Cultural Village over the weekend with traditional music and.

Gulf Times
Court confirms fine on O2 Czech Republic for automatic data renewal  Telecompaper

The Czech Supreme Administrative Court has confirmed the fine of CZK 4.5 million imposed by the regulator CTU on O2 Czech Republic for automatic data ...


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The Czech Republic ( (listen); Czech: Česká republika [ˈtʃɛskaː ˈrɛpublɪka] (listen)), also known by its short-form name, Czechia ( (listen); Czech: Česko [ˈtʃɛsko] (listen)), is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. The Czech Republic covers an area of 78,866 square kilometres (30,450 sq mi) with a mostly temperate continental climate and oceanic climate. It is a unitary parliamentary republic, with 10.6 million inhabitants; its capital and largest city is Prague, with 1.3 million residents. Other major cities are Brno, Ostrava and Pilsen. The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union (EU), NATO, the OECD, the United Nations, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe.It is a developed country with an advanced, high income export-oriented social market economy based in services, manufacturing and innovation. The UNDP ranks the country 14th in inequality-adjusted human development. The Czech Republic is a welfare state with a "continental" European social model, a universal health care system, tuition-free university education and is ranked 14th in the Human Capital Index. It ranks as the 6th safest or most peaceful country and is one of the most non-religious countries in the world, while achieving strong performance in democratic governance.The Czech Republic includes the historical territories of Bohemia, Moravia, and Czech Silesia. The Czech state was formed in the late 9th century as the Duchy of Bohemia under the Great Moravian Empire. After the fall of the Empire in 907, the centre of power transferred from Moravia to Bohemia under the Přemyslid dynasty. In 1002, the duchy was formally recognized as part of the Holy Roman Empire, becoming the Kingdom of Bohemia in 1198 and reaching its greatest territorial extent in the 14th century. Besides Bohemia itself, the king of Bohemia ruled the lands of the Bohemian Crown, he had a vote in the election of the Holy Roman Emperor, and Prague was the imperial seat in periods between the 14th and 17th century. In the Hussite Wars of the 15th century driven by the Protestant Bohemian Reformation, the kingdom faced economic embargoes and defeated five consecutive crusades proclaimed by the leaders of the Catholic Church.Following the Battle of Mohács in 1526, the whole Crown of Bohemia was gradually integrated into the Habsburg Monarchy alongside the Archduchy of Austria and the Kingdom of Hungary. The Protestant Bohemian Revolt (1618–20) against the Catholic Habsburgs led to the Thirty Years' War. After the Battle of the White Mountain, the Habsburgs consolidated their rule, eradicated Protestantism and reimposed Catholicism, and also adopted a policy of gradual Germanization. This contributed to the anti-Habsburg sentiment. A long history of resentment of the Catholic Church followed and still continues. With the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, the Bohemian Kingdom became part of the Austrian Empire and the Czech language experienced a revival as a consequence of widespread romantic nationalism. In the 19th century, the Czech lands became the industrial powerhouse of the monarchy and were subsequently the core of the Republic of Czechoslovakia, which was formed in 1918 following the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after World War I.Czechoslovakia remained the only democracy in this part of Europe in the interwar period. However, the Czech part of Czechoslovakia was occupied by Germany in World War II, while the Slovak region became the Slovak Republic; Czechoslovakia was liberated in 1945 by the armies of the Soviet Union and the United States. The Czech country lost the majority of its German-speaking inhabitants after they were expelled following the war. The Communist Party of Czechoslovakia won the 1946 elections and after the 1948 coup d'état, Czechoslovakia became a one-party communist state under Soviet influence. In 1968, increasing dissatisfaction with the regime culminated in a reform movement known as the Prague Spring, which ended in a Soviet-led invasion. Czechoslovakia remained occupied until the 1989 Velvet Revolution, when the communist regime collapsed and market economy was reintroduced. On 1 January 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully dissolved, with its constituent states becoming the independent states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999 and the EU in 2004.