Outgoing PM says country’s reputation in EU damaged by government fall

In a question and answer session on the Czech Republic’s EU presidency website on Tuesday, outgoing Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek said that he believed the fall of his cabinet in March had damaged the image of the Czech Republic abroad. Furthermore, Mr Topolánek said, the fall of the Czech government halfway through the country’s EU presidency had given big countries a reason to doubt the competence of small countries when presiding over the bloc. Mr Topolánek said that he had enjoyed his time as head of the EU, but that he felt the post of Czech prime minister had entrusted him with more powers. The outgoing prime minister is set to be replaced by interim leader Jan Fischer on May 8.

Author: Rosie Johnston