Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Did Cameron just lose a close EU ally?
The new Government is a very different creature. Formed from a Coalition of the Socialists, Christian-Democrats and the new insurgent Party ANO (Yes in Czech), the new finance minister has already dropped the former Government's principled objection to the Euro (although membership is still not an immediate likelihood), and now the leading candidate for the Human Rights Minister position seemingly wishes to abandon the country's semi opt-out from the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights. With a one time self-described EU Federalist President (Milos Zeman) and a pro-integration foreign minister - the Czech Republic's direction of travel has certainly changed. It will likely be a big task for David Cameron to keep them onside.