Lots of good work, successful, excellent. These are also the terms used by analysts working in Brussels to assess the end of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In interviews with ČTK, a trio of experts, including the head of our Brussels office, Žiga Faktor, praised the way the Czech Republic has approached directing the debates between the member states.
"It was clear that the French are the ones who are more likely to push the issues that are important to them."
"I think in this case the Czech presidency has been quite a blessing for the European Union."
"If we check off our goals now, shut the computer and turn it on again in 13 years, it will just be wrong."
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