Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Czechs in the balance

Just 18 months into their membership of the EU, and the Czechs are not happy bunnies, according to the Czech News Agency. In a survey carried out by the STEM polling agency, clear 41 percent of respondents believe that the European Union affects the life in the Czech Republic more than necessary.

In the 1990s, most Czechs said that the EU had a weak impact on their lives while, eight years ago, only 15 percent said that the EU affected events in the Czech Republic too much.

Mind you, a high number of Czechs also say that the ministers and legislators enjoy an inappropriately high influence in the country. Many Czechs would like to increase the influence of trade unions and municipal authorities, although two thirds of respondents are happy with the presidential office. We wonder why.


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