The interim administration of the Czech Republic, led by Jan Fischer, was sworn in on 8 May to lead the country through the rest of its European Union presidency, which runs to 30 June, leading to legislative elections in October.
The cabinet, composed of high-ranking civil servants, will replace the outgoing centre-right government of Mirek Topolánek, which fell at the end of March after losing a no-confidence vote, midway through the country's six-month EU presidency.
On 6 May the Czech Senate approved the Lisbon Treaty for EU institutional reform. However, the treaty has yet to be ratified by President Václav Klaus, a notorious Eurosceptic. Observers believe this may well turn out to be a difficult process.
Klaus said on Wednesday that he would not sign the treaty in the foreseeable future and that he would wait to see if Senators challenge the verdict at the Constitutional Court.
8 May 2009