Czech Republic | Back to euroscepticism?
What to think of the Czechs? Just during their Presidency of the Council of the European Union the government was overturned. The Czech parliament confirmed the fifth motion of no-confidence since 2006 against President Topolánek (Civic Democratic Party, ODS), brought to Parliament by opposition leader Ji Paroubek from the Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD). Topolánek is still in office provisionally, but will be replaced as interim prme minister by non-partisan Jan Fischer on May 8.
After putting the cat among the pigeons in January 2009 with a doubtful architecture called "Entropa", created by Czech sculptor David Cerny by order of the Czech government, the European Presidency turned completely into a total loss. The Czechs affairs are not only impeding European policies, they are also turning the long time European friendly atmosphere back to euroscepticism. The ratification of the Lisbon Treaty is still not guaranteed. The European Parliament election will in that sense become trend-setting for the Republics position towards Europe.
In 2004, the turnout of the Czech Republic in the European Parliament election was with just 28 % one of the lowest. This seems to be an immanent problem of Eastern European members of the European Union. Leading parties were the ODS (30%) and the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (20 %). In 2009, the most important themes for Czech citizen are economic growth and unemployment, but also the safety of energy supply.