Czech Government Lost Confidence Vote

The Czech government lost a confidence vote in the lower house of the Czech parliament. Now the Czech President Klaus should start consultations to nominate a new government. This may be quite difficult, since the lower house is split between rivaling parties.

EurActiv reminds us that this is not a precedent – the government of a country presiding the Council has fallen twice before – in 1993 in Denmark and in 1996 in Italy. From a legal point of view there is nothing to worry about. However, today the European Union needs really strong leadership, and the Czech government in resignation may not be able to provide that leadership.

I am personally most worried about the possible implications on the Czech  ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon.

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