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Has the Czech presidency been the worst ever in the history of the European Union? Plus, the Russians take their revenge

By Manneken Pis   June 2009

Czechs and balances

After the recent resignation of the Czech government, the EU is counting the days until Prague hands over the presidency of the bloc to the sensible Swedes at the end of June—and wondering whether this is the worst EU presidency ever. The Czechs are not the first to display the immaturity of post-communist political structures by exporting domestic differences into the EU arena. Last year the Poles became a laughing stock when their prime minister and president took separate planes to an EU summit and then argued in public. But unlike the hapless Czechs, they were not…

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