The Czech Republic gained much through EU membership, but failed to make the best use of the potential it offered, according to former EU commissioner Pavel Telička. In an interview for the ctk news agency in connection with the upcoming 10th anniversary of the country’s accession to the EU on May 1st, Mr. Telička said Czechs had benefitted from the free movement of people, labour and goods, but due to their own negative attitude had thrown away the chance to help mould important concepts and norms that would later apply across the EU. We were viewed as a troublemaker and thus often left out of informal talks, Mr. Telička said. The present centre-left government has vowed to bring the country back to the EU mainstream and take an active part in moulding the future of Europe.
Prague’s central district warns of Airbnb ghost town scenario
Sting: My father and grandfather had to point rifles at Germans – thanks to the EU I’ve never had to
Analyst: Migrant quota row will leave the Czech Republic on the periphery outside the EU core
Major Czech operators end roaming surcharges as EU deadline draws near
EU summit opens with spat between President Macron and Visegrad Group