Cover Osteuropa 9/2009

In Osteuropa 9/2009

A Balance of the Czech EU Presidency

Reinhold Vetter

Deutsche Fassung


The Czech EU presidency in the first half of 2009 was instructive. It made clear just how fragile Czech politics and how dubious the model of the semi-annual EU presidency are. Nonetheless, the Czech presidency was not completely without success. Czech politicians such as former Premier Mirek Topolánek performed valuable intermediary services on the world stage. And the EU presidency reinforced the country’s Europeanisation.

(Osteuropa 9/2009, pp. 77–94)