RTE 1st November, 2019 04:01:00 In the summer of 2009, Czech Republic went through a series of crises, as its communist leaders, led by Václav Klaus, faced down the rise of populist and nationalist forces that had swept through the country in the early 1990s.
In response, Klaus set out a programme to introduce democracy, a free press and free trade.
It was a programme that saw him emerge as a leader of a new era in the Czech Republic.
But the Prague Spring, as it is called, was a difficult time for many people.
What we’re seeing today in the country is a return to the same old political, social and economic policies that were pursued during the era of the Czechoslovak Union and the Prague Republic.
What happened in the last 30 years is the re-emergence of some old policies, particularly those of the former Communist Party, which have been repeated again and again in the years since the Prague Winter of 2009.
This was a period of instability and turmoil.
At the same time, there was an increase in economic growth, which was accompanied by a massive rise in social tensions, particularly among young people.
The rise of nationalist parties was a major factor in the rise in political violence in the 1990s, when the country was rocked by protests over economic and social inequality.
At a time when unemployment in the Republic stood at a staggering 13 per cent, there were concerns that social tensions would lead to violence.
There was also concern that the country would go back to the days of the cold war, when Czechs were not invited to NATO meetings, as they were during the Cold War.
What was happening in the spring of 2009?
There was a lot of uncertainty about the future of the country.
Klaus had called for the reopening of the Prague Stock Exchange and the introduction of a free market economy.
This plan had not gone down well with many Czechs.
They believed that this plan would have made things worse.
As things started to go south in the summer, people were angry, angry, and angry.
People were saying, “We don’t want to be in this mess, we don’t need it anymore”.
As the economy went into recession, there had been a lot more anger, particularly towards the government.
The president of the opposition, Vána Duda, was called to the prime minister’s office, and he was asked to resign, because he had a conflict of interest and wanted to get back to his political career.
Klaus did not allow that.
In the face of these growing frustrations, he set out his economic plan.
This initiative aimed at bringing Czechs back to a free and open economy.
There were also a number of social issues that were being addressed, such as homelessness, which is an issue that has been very difficult to resolve in recent years.
The unemployment rate was also quite high, with the majority of Czechs unemployed.
In addition, the country had a significant number of people in the labour force who were being employed as domestic servants.
Klaus was seen as a reformer and a new kind of politician.
He had a positive image in the public and the press, which made him very popular in the capital, Prague.
However, the political and social conditions that existed during the spring and summer of 2011 changed drastically, especially in the first days after the announcement of the policy.
As soon as the announcement was made, things started getting out of hand.
As the people started to protest, the police began using excessive force.
Police were also beating up people, often violently.
In a couple of days, a number from the public housing system started to disappear.
This forced people into temporary accommodation, where they were beaten up.
Some people were even killed.
There are also reports of people being attacked in their homes.
On the streets, there is a feeling of panic.
Many people, particularly young people, were not prepared for the situation that was unfolding.
This is a time that we see in many countries around the world, where the political system has been weakened by a number in recent times.
There is a fear that the economy will return to pre-crisis levels, and people will go back into debt.
But at the same moment, the authorities are trying to bring back economic growth and a sense of confidence.
At this stage, the number of unemployed has gone up, and the unemployment rate has gone down from 13.8 per cent to just 7.3 per cent.
What did you think of the events that occurred in Prague last year?
What were some of the reasons for this dramatic rise in unemployment?
What are the challenges that are being faced in the coming years, as the Czech economy recovers?
What do you think will happen when the economic recovery takes place?
What should the Czech people be focusing on in the following years?
What can be done to make this a successful economic recovery?
What would you do if you were the Czech government?