What will happen with Czech EU presidency?

RIA Novosti political commentator Andrei Fedyashi
In the late hours of March 24, the Czech opposition toppled its own government, and created a crisis at home and a difficult situation in the European Union (EU), where the republic holds the rotating presidency.

With a razor-thin lead - 101 (there are 200 MPs in parliament) the Mirek Topolanek cabinet received a vote of no confidence. The unforgettable Schweik would say that "in such difficult financial times, it is not surprising that governments are falling down." However, the financial and economic crisis is far from being the only problem.

Explaining the reasons for this event, European analysts are emphasizing the economic mistakes of Topolanek's cabinet without mentioning another important reason. Czechs were displeased with how simply the cabinet tried to address the issue of placing certain elements of a new U.S. missile defense system on Czech territory. The fact that now this question has been suspended did not help Topolanek.

Up to 70% of Czechs were against this deployment. They believed with good reason that Russia will have the right to take countermeasures that would not enhance Czech security. This discontent reflected on the alignment of forces in parliament. MPs who sided with the opposition were among those who opposed the deployment of a radar near Prague.

Be it as it may, but today, on March 25, or tomorrow Topolanek's ruling right-center Civil Democratic Party and Social Democratic leaders that toppled down its government will start consultations with President Vaclav Klaus.

He will have to decide what to do about the government. On the one hand, he has to accept its resignation by the Constitution. On the other hand, the Constitution does not fix any terms for early elections, and much will depend on the parties. Klaus does not have many options. He will either have to announce early elections, or persuade all sides to form a cabinet on the basis of "political consensus" and continue to perform sluggishly. Maybe, it will manage to survive until the next parliamentary elections. Topolanek insists on the latter option.

Resignation of the Czech government would not have been a big deal for Europe. Recently, Czech policy has become quite unpredictable or, to use the current stock market cliche, very "volatile." The Czech EU presidency has put Prague's domestic problems on a large European scale.  

Brussels does not conceal that it would be best if Czechs could come to terms, form a cabinet from all parties, and keep going until June 30, when the Czech EU presidency expires.

By and large, the rotating EU presidency is not such a high position. It is more of an honorable position of a coordinator of the already appointed events. It is true, that the presiding country can strongly influence priorities of the EU's six-month agenda. However, this will happen if these priorities are suggested or accepted by the old members - Germany, France, Britain, or Italy. In any event, the European Commission is in charge of the EU.  

The problem with the Czech EU presidency would not have been a big deal if it were not for the financial and economic crisis, and all of its bad political components. Europeans never liked Brussels bureaucracy. Many European dissidents are now making their compatriots ponder over a rhetorical question - why do they need such bloated bureaucracy that has missed an enormous financial and economic crisis? Isn't it time to restructure the EU, which is unable to overcome the crisis?

The opinions expressed in this article are the author's and do not necessarily represent those of Trend .

Azerbaijan is a winner - Turkish government
Azerbaijan is a winner - Turkish government
Turkey, Russia discuss details of Monitoring Center on Karabakh - Turkish Defense Minister
Turkey, Russia discuss details of Monitoring Center on Karabakh - Turkish Defense Minister
Iran hopes for economic revival of Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh - Vice President Jahangiri
Iran hopes for economic revival of Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh - Vice President Jahangiri
Loading Bars
Latest
Azerbaijan ramps up 10M2020 export of ferrous metal products
Azerbaijani currency rates for December 1
Azerbaijan is a winner - Turkish government
Microsoft technology solutions to enable development of Azerbaijan's many economic sectors
COVID-19 drives 40% spike in number of people needing humanitarian aid
Russian TV channel shows Azerbaijan's liberated Fuzuli city completely destroyed (VIDEO)
Uzbekistan reveals its COVID-19 data for December 1
Work on conversion of NNC research reactors ongoing in Kazakhstan
Iran's comprehensive trade system to help fight corruption
Iran-Turkmenistan road to re-open after 9-month closure
Argentina reports 5,726 new COVID-19 cases
Turkey announces new curfews as part of COVID-19 measures
Iran, Georgia vow to broaden mutual cooperation
Turkmenistan takes part in meeting of SCO Council of Heads of Government (Prime Ministers)
Jens Stoltenberg: Georgia is a valuable partner of NATO
Japan’s Foreign Direct Investment in Georgia increases
Wisconsin governor certifies Biden’s win in battleground state
S.Korea reports 451 more COVID-19 cases, 34,652 in total
Kazakhstan decreases imports from Japan amid COVID-19
76 more coronavirus patients die in Moscow in past day
UK says coronavirus "back under control" after national lockdown
5.0-magnitude quake hits 64 km NW of Sinabang, Indonesia
Units of Azerbaijani Army enter Lachin region (VIDEO)
Today Lachin region returns to Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan discloses volume of exported silk
Georgia strengthens its position in olive production
Kazakhstan Railways opens tender for vehicles maintenance
Turkey, Russia discuss details of Monitoring Center on Karabakh - Turkish Defense Minister
OPEC+ agreement leaders suggest different mechanisms of oil production cuts in 2021
Oil prices down 1% as OPEC+ debates 2021 output policy
Another Turkish vaccine ready for human trials
Georgian Finance Minister tests positive for COVID-19
Iran's stock exchange needs structural reforms - Iranian MP
Kyrgyzstan provides online courses for entrepreneurs in field of tourism
Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Serbia up by over 6,224 in past day
Azerbaijani Defense Ministry thanks Turkey's Defense Ministry
Bitcoin hits record high after steep fall last week
Logistic support assets of Russian peacekeepers in Karabakh arrive in Azerbaijan (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Turkmenistan significantly increases cement imports from Turkey
Turkish sappers begin mine clearing in liberated territories of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan extends learning from home amid ongoing anti-coronavirus measures
Azerbaijani FM, Moldovan minister exchange views on latest situation in region
Two more Italian municipalities express support to Azerbaijan
Iran's first VP invites Shanghai Cooperation Organization to invest in Chabahar Port
Expert talks short-term price decrease on Azerbaijan's car market
Kazakhstan sees increase in lending to legal entities over 10M2020
Employment in Iran's Razavi Khorasan Province soars
Azerbaijan raises export to Croatia
Iranian Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale December 1
Preventive diplomacy is integral part of Turkmenistan's neutrality - president of Turkmenistan
Azerbaijan to minimize plastic consumption
Kazakhstan to set up int'l center to develop oil&gas engineering in co-op with ENI, Shell
Georgian Walnuts company aims for eco-friendly production
President of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan sends letter to president of Azerbaijan
Uzbekistan exporting plums mainly to Russia and Kazakhstan
Azerbaijan's Baku Metro to engage testing services through tender
Armenian PM's attempts to meet with Russian president fail
Iran can increase exports through processing industries – economist
Iran hopes to see Iran-Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce headquarters open in Kabul
GM, Nikola announce reworked, smaller deal focused on supplying fuel-cell systems
Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency discloses volume of startup projects
Turkmenistan's Turkmengas opens tender for purchase of chemical products
Uzbek textile products mostly imported by Russia
Uzbek currency rates for November 30
Trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Spain greatly improves
Azerbaijan increases value of year-on-year export to Kazakhstan
SecGen of Iraqi Council of Representatives sends letter to President Aliyev
Azerbaijan reports 2,981 new COVID-19 cases, 1,226 recoveries
Azerbaijani 'Barda' ferry ship repaired and put into operation
Argentine companies to cooperate with Azerbaijan’s Azexport website and Digital Shopping Hub
Uzbek Ministry of Finance forecasts increase of public debt
Swiss Investment Company to issue bonds in Uzbek national currency
Georgia purchases 10 new high flow oxygen generators from Turkey
Iran hopes for economic revival of Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh - Vice President Jahangiri
JCPOA to holding meeting in Vienna
Excise tax on import of commodity items to be abolished in Uzbekistan
Income from pine-cone exports up in Georgia
Azerbaijan reveals data on loans issued to farmers over 11M2020
YARAT Contemporary Art Space to present exhibition project "Make Island For Yourself" in Museum of Azerbaijani Painting
Amazon, Apple stay away from new French initiative to set principles for Big Tech
Georgia reveals volume of exported apples
Azerbaijan's ANAMA discloses total number of civilian casualties from mines
Development Bank of Kazakhstan eyeing support of mining, metallurgical projects
Khazar Consortium opens tender for purchase of tires in Turkmenistan
Georgia reveals top five insurance companies due to paid claims
Cemeteries destroyed, mosques used as cowsheds in Karabakh - renowned French photographer (PHOTOS)
Baku Transport Agency, ARIS LLC sign tender contract
Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office urges not to visit lands liberated from occupation (VIDEO)
STAR refinery's crude oil imports rise y-o-y
Azerbaijan Mortgage & Credit Guarantee Fund says will complete 2020 with profit
Russia's Rostelecom working on inter-operator cooperation with Turkmenistan
Capitalization remains strength of Georgian Basisbank
Hungarian TUNGSRAM GROUP to launch production of LED street lighting in Kazakhstan
Azerbaijani agency unveils number of munitions found since Sept.27
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin starts to rise
Azerbaijan to commission road connecting Tartar and Sugovushan in coming days - ANAMA (PHOTO)
Uzbek agro-industrial agency announces tender for well construction
Carlsberg Azerbaijan and AzərŞəkər signed a memorandum of cooperation (PHOTO)
S&P Global to buy IHS Markit in deal valued at $44 billion
Azerbaijan reveals number of civilians dead, following recent Armenian aggression
All news