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Evenings with Reporters: Poles and Czechs 30 Years Later

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 27, 2019, 19:00 – 21:00

For Central European states, 1989 represented both a new starting line and the challenge of dealing with many internal problems. Thirty years after the fall of communism, Polish and Czech journalists and public figures will discuss changes in the two countries. This yearlong debate series has grown out of cooperation between the Václav Havel Library and the Polish Institute in Prague.

Reporters Marek Szymaniak and Saša Uhlová published in the same year, 2018, two very similar books: Urobieni (Manufactory) and Hrdinové kapitalistické práce (Heroes of Capitalist Labour). They capture disadvantageous contracts, undocumented labour, employer blackmail and the flouting and circumventing of legislation. If before 1989 “work for all” was a centrally planned Communist promise and threat, today the situation has turned around and we are voluntarily doing “all for work”. Where have we got to?

Petr Vizina will moderate.

Held with the support of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Czech-Polish Forum.


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