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Němeček, Tomáš

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Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | 27/10/2008

Defeat for the Czech prime minister

In the second round of the Czech Republic's elections to the Senate the conservative Czech Civic Democratic Party (ODS) led by Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek has once again suffered a crushing defeat. The pressure on Topolánek is thus mounting. But the business newspaper Hospodářské noviny is not so negative about his prospects of political survival: "Time and again people have said that a major defeat in a 'minor' election (as opposed to a 'major' parliamentary election) would be the death blow for the prime minister. What should [British Prime Minister] Gordon Brown have said when he lost the local elections and by-elections to the Conservative Party? What should [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel have said after the lousy performance of her party in the elections in the German states of Hesse and Bavaria? If we were to believe all the doomsayers, Czech prime ministers would only be in office for two years until the 'minor' elections took place and would have to avoid doing anything unpopular that hurt the voters' wallets."

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | 14/04/2008

The Czech Republic as a destination for immigrants

The Czech Republic is increasingly a destination rather than a transit country for immigrants. This was the result of a study according to which of all the post-communist countries, the Czech Republic is the most popular destination for migrants. Tomas Nemecek comments: "Where else should one go in Central Europe? Hungary has economic troubles. Slovakia is growing but its society is cutting itself off from the rest of Europe. Poland is busy trying to bring back its own young people. The Czech Republic, on the other hand, offers plenty of jobs and a peaceful and safe refuge for the nouveau riche of the ex-Soviet Union. Within five years the number of Russians alone living in Prague has doubled. And finally, unlike most French or Germans, the majority of Czechs don't feel the newcomers are taking away their bread. Most of the immigrants are Ukrainians or Slovaks, or in other words people from countries whose culture, language and history are close to ours."

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