Nowhere highlights the lack of interest in the upcoming elections for European Parliament than countries in the former eastern bloc, where turnout could be as low as 13 percent.
A group of 150 Czechs held a non-stop reading of the entire Lisbon Treaty to prove that the European Union’s reform text is readable — they were done nearly seven hours later.
EU lawmakers and the bloc’s current Czech presidency reached a tentative agreement Thursday on a package worth nearly four billion euros to boost Europe’s economy, the European Parliament said.
Which of the 27 EU leaders will get to speak in front of US President Barack Obama in Prague on Sunday? The Czech EU presidency, hit by a domestic political crisis, hasn’t sorted it out yet, Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra said Thursday.
City officials on Thursday banned a protest in Prague, coinciding with a visit Sunday by US President Barack Obama, against the deployment of a key part of a planned US missile shield on Czech soil.
President Václav Klaus Wednesday played down the significance of the fall of the Czech government, half way through the country’s EU presidency. “The fall of the government is not something unknown or catastrophic in a constitutional system that works,” he said in a brief address at his official residence in Prague. He said the situation “will be resolved” with “no overturning of our orientation adopted in November” 1989, when the communist regime was toppled.
US President Barack Obama will go ahead with his visit to Prague next week for a meeting with European Union leaders, despite the fall of the Czech government, the White House said Wednesday.