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Koubová, Kateřina

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Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 12/08/2011

Convergence with the Eurozone

Switzerland's planned pegging of the franc to the euro would be almost tantamount to joining the Eurozone, writes the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes: "It sounds like science fiction: the Swiss want to exchange the franc for the euro. Switzerland has fallen ill because of the healthy franc. Not so long ago you got 1.65 Swiss francs for a euro. Now it's only 1.05 francs. The president of the Employers' Association has recommended that companies reduce salaries. The companies on the border tried this out first justifying the measure to their employees from France and Germany by saying that they had an exchange rate advantage of 25 percent in comparison to the previous year. But this discrimination didn't pan out. That leaves the option of simply paying salaries in euros. Now the vice-president of the central bank is talking about pegging the franc to the euro. Dear people of Switzerland, welcome to the Eurozone." 

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 15/12/2010

Berlusconi has no serious opponents

One can't get rid of Silvio Berlusconi politically, because no one is brave enough to take him on in Italy, says the liberal daily paper, Mladá fronta Dnes: "It looked like the beginning of the end. Since the summer, the friendship with his ally, Fini, has been a thing of the past. When Fini left, he took three-dozen legislators and four ministers with him. The latest vote of no confidence was meant to confirm the divorce. But Fini's people were not so utterly sure they wanted to embarrass the government. And in addition, there's the economic crisis. So Berlusconi gets to stay on. ... 'I'm the best prime minister Italy has had in 150 years', he crows. And though he jokes around with Russian Prime Minister Putin that both of them will still be in power at the age of 120 - the secret of his longevity does not lie in any old home remedy. Italy simply does not have anyone who can compete with him and take him on."

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 05/02/2010

German-French love has its limits

France and Germany are Europe's uncontested pioneers, the liberal daily Mladá Fronta Dnes writes in its commentary on the meeting between President Sarkozy and German Chancellor Merkel in Paris. But the paper notes that cooperation between the two could be improved: "France and Germany love each other, and the gaps between them are increasingly being filled in. Their scientists work on joint projects, the students learn from the same books and engaged couples can marry without wading through a sea of red tape. But this love also has its limits. ... Merkel's response to Sarkozy's proposal of a joint ministry was restrained. Nor would German voters like it if the French had a 'spy' in the German government. But the results of the summit are nonetheless surprising. The ministers of both sides will no doubt be seeing more of each other, even if 'by invitation only'."

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