April 15, 2014
- James de Candole of Candole Partners
Last year’s exhibition of Ivan Lendl’s collection of Alfons Mucha posters was one of the most successful Czech art exhibitions. But for local taxpayers, it may yet turn out to have been just another scam.
On April 14 the controversial trial began in Latvia of Ilmars Poikans, who made international headlines under the pseudonym of "Neo" in 2009 when he leaked embarassing tax records of the Baltic country's elite.
In the first week after the vote, when it was clear the Hungarian government would maintain its grip on power, any hopes Orban's second term would be less confrontational than his first were dented by a series of moves.
Czech power utility CEZ announced on April 10 that it has cancelled the tender to expand the Temelin nuclear plant. The move comes a day after the government made its strongest statement yet that it will not offer the €8-10bn project state support.