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KafkaDigest: Central Europe in the Spotlight

Every Sunday, check out our weekly press roundup of the best pieces and most insightful articles on Central Europe in international media (note: access to some of them might be restricted to subscribers only) karolina muchova

Czech Republic sees a surge in visitors from China, including many prenuptial couples, Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times takes a look at the incredible surge in visitors from China to the Czech Republic, and particularly prenuptial couples heading to the Czech capital city.

“Mafia State” Slovakia struggles to root out corruption, Balkan Insight

Balkan Insight tackles corruption in Slovakia in light of the latest shocking and disturbing revelations that emerged from the Kocner-Kuciak murder trial.

Karolina Muchova and the Czech Republic’s new tennis generation, The New Yorker

Learn more about the Czech tennis talents emerging on the global scene thanks to this thorough piece by The New Yorker.

The monster behind The Witcher: how a grumpy Pole created Netflix’s Game of Thrones killer, The Telegraph

Read this insightful Telegraph profile of Andrzej Sapkowski, the man behind The Witcher book series, currently being adapted by Netflix.

How the capital of Poland’s coal belt is reinventing itself, The Economist

The Economist examines how Katowice, the coal capital of coal-reliant Poland, is reinventing itself and preparing a new coal-less future.

Hungary, loudly opposed to immigration, opens doors to more foreign workers, Wall Street Journal

Despite its aggressive anti-migrant rhetoric, Hungary is overseeing and facilitating a mass influx of foreign workers. A much-needed piece by the Wall Street Journal.

Poland’s incentives boost productions filming in the country, Variety

Variety comes back on the latest financial incentives implemented by Poland to attract a growing number of high-grossing foreign productions and boost its local movie scene.

The Next Chapter, Berlin Policy Journal

Milan Nic from the German Council on Foreign Relations explores the complex and oft-debated issue of convergence between Central Europe and the West.

Truth missing in action in Czech information wars, Balkan Insight

A Balkan Insight focus on disinformation and pro-Russian propaganda dissemination in the Czech Republic, and what’s being done to fight back.

Laslo Rajk, Hungarian architect, film designer and political dissident, dies at 70, Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times pays homage to Laslo Rajk, a prominent Hungarian political dissident and prolific artist and designer, who died this week-end.

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