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Czech Republic timeline

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1900’s continued
  • (1980’s) Russian Perestroika introduced by Mikhail Gorbachev, marked the last years of communist Czechoslovakia
  • (1989) Velvet Revolution brought an end to communism
  • (1993) Czechoslovakia peacefully split into two independent countries, Czech Republic and Slovakia; Vaclav Havel elected president of Czech Republic; Vaclav Klaus carried on a prime minister, privatization of the public sector top priority
  • (1995) U.S. funded Radio Free Europe; radio liberty relocated from Munich to Prague
  • (1996) Vaclav Klaus reappointed prime minister
  • (1997) NATO issued formal invitations to Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary; collapse of coalition over economic reform programs, Klaus government resigned; caretaker administration led by Josef Tosovsky
  • (1998) Havel re-elected president; Milos Zeman, leader of the Czech Social Democratic Party, became prime minister; relations with Iran and Iraq strained when Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty started broadcasts to both countries from Prague
  • (1999) Czech Republic full member of NATO
  • (2000) CDP renewed agreement to support Zeman’s minority CSDP government; Austria threatened to block Czech EU membership over startup of first reactor at Temelin nuclear power plant
  • (2001) Czech government and Austria’s Chancellor Schuessel moved to settle dispute over Temelin nuclear power plant
  • (2002) Prague suffered worst flooding in 200 years; EU summit in Copenhagen formally invited Czech Republic to join
  • (2003) Former Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus elected president; Czechs voted in favor of going ahead with EU membership in 2004
  • (2004) Czech Republic one of 10 new nations to join the EU; Vladimir Spidla resigned as prime minister; Stanislav Gross appointed premier
  • (2005) Stanislav Gross resigned as premier, followed by allegations about his financial affairs
  • (2006) General elections resulted in a hung parliament; President Klaus appointed Mirek Topolanek prime minister for a second time; talks began on forming grand coalition
  • (2007) U.S. President George Bush visited Czech Republic; hundreds protested against U.S. plans for a radar base near Prague; Czech Republic joined the EU’s Schengen Treaty free movement zone
  • (2008) Vaclav Klaus re-elected president; Czech Republic signed agreement allowing U.S. base components of its planned missile defense system on Czech territory; Russia threatened retaliation
  • (2008) Long-lost opera, Argippo, written for the Czech capital by Antonio Vivaldi, was performed for the first time in 278 years in Prague
  • (2008) U.S. agreed to base part of its missile defense system in Czech Republic
  • (2009) Czech Republic took over EU presidency; Mirek Topolanek, center-right government leader, lost parliamentary vote of confidence; Topolanek resigned
  • (2009) Six Czech hikers died in avalanche in Austrian Alps
  • (2009) US President Barack Obama, canceled plans for the missile defense bases in Czech Republic and Poland
  • (2010) ODS leader Petr Necas formed a coalition government with the right-wing TOP 09 party and the centrist public affairs party

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