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The European Commission says it is confident the Czech Republic will continue to effectively preside over the European Union – despite the government losing a no-confidence vote in Prague.

The centre right government of Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek collapsed yesterday over the way it handled Czech economic crisis. Today Topolonek told the EU in Strasbourg : “ The situation won’t affect the Presidency, this sad fact is that the opposition Social Democrat undermine the Presidency but I hope the Presidency will be completed successfully.” The main opposition argued Topolonek had to go because he was too late introducing a 2.5 billion euro stimulus package to boost the Czech Republic’s ailing economy. The Czech Republic is among several former communist countries in Europe that suffer under the weight of the global financial crisis. This man says :“The professionals must act like professionals.” Another added: “They could have at least kept the face in front of the European Union, “ Topolanek’s forced resignation is a huge personal blow. It comes just days before a planned Prague visit by U S President Barack Obama. Topolanek says he will formally resign Thursday, after talks with European Union officials.