So the inevitable has happened – the government has fallen in Czech Republic. 101 of the 200 deputies voted against Topolánek’s administration, as reported by PA. So what happens now? According to Czech left-ish daily Právo (part translated by euro|topics), basically nothing. 3 attempts to form a new administration have to fail before new elections have to be called, and each attempt is likely to take 6 months… so things will stumble on until the elections that are already scheduled for 2010. According to Právo:
This means they can give their votes of no confidence without having to worry about losing their own mandates
Lest we not forget this is the country that has brute Vaclav Klaus as its President, a man who stated in the EP a couple of weeks ago that those that suffered under Communism better understood how important democracy is, and understand the value of a parliamentary opposition. Yet today in Czech Republic the opposition – and its leader Jiri Paroubek – have achieved a pyrrhic victory. They’ve kicked a lame duck government at the time Czech Republic holds the EU Presidency and put the country’s government in further paralysis at a time of economic troubles, letting bickering fester on for the next 18 months. I’m not impressed.
[UPDATE – 26.03.09]
German newspaper Die Tageszeitung sums it all up neatly:
But to make matters worse, the government crisis in Prague is also blocking the necessary European constitutional reform, because it serves Czech president Václav Klaus as a pretence for putting off signing the Treaty of Lisbon. And so the putsch of the supposedly Europe-friendly Czech Social Democrats harms not only their own government, but all of Europe.
As ever, translation from euro|topics.