BERLIN/PRAGUE/WARSAW | | polentschechische-republikslowakische-republik

BERLIN/PRAGUE/WARSAW (Own report) - German pressure on East European countries to adopt the Euro is meeting resistance. Over the past few months, Berlin has been strengthening its pressure on several Central European governments, to have them soon join the Euro zone - to no avail. Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas declared that the Czechs, themselves, will decide "if and when we want to take that step." In any case, the European common currency, is an "ambitious but unfinished project," affirms the governor of the Polish Central Bank. Demands to withdraw from the Euro zone are already circulating in Slovak political leadership circles. Whereas countries in the southern Euro zone are helplessly at the mercy of the German export offensive and being driven to their ruin, Poland overcame its economic crisis through the devaluation of its currency. Since Estonia joined the Euro zone, at the beginning of this year, the zone's enlargement has now come to a halt. more…

OXFORD | | tschechische-republikslowakische-republik

OXFORD Germany played an important role in splitting Czechoslovakia and breaking up Yugoslavia in the Nineties. This is shown in a speech that was given by Miroslav Polreich, a former Czechoslovak OSCE-ambassador, in the year 2000 in Oxford. As Polreich explains, the German government also argued against a possible peaceful settlement of the then "ethnic" conflicts in Kosovo. more…