The two-day meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers in Luxembourg that finished on Tuesday was the last foreign ministers’ council with the Czechs in charge. With that in mind, just how far the Czechs have used the presidency to push their foreign policy objectives? Facebook Notice for EU! You need to login to view and post FB Comments!Continue Reading

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg is a favourite among journalists. (ČTK)“One of the pleasures of the Czech Republic’s forthcoming presidency of the European Union will be to watch in action a thoughtful, humorous, bow-tied 71-year-old who bears the name Karl Johannes Nepomuk Josef Norbert Friedrich Antonius Wratislaw Mena, prince from Schwarzenberg.” That is what the daily Financial Times wrote about the Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg whose diplomatic charm is considered to be the major trump of the Czech presidency by the international media. That’s one of the reasons why there is a great interest, among Brussels correspondents, in an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers that is to take place in March at the Hluboká castle that belonged toContinue Reading