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To say that the EU is in on the brink of another crisis as a result of the fall of the Czech government would be an exaggeration.
But the defeat suffered this week in Prague comes at an awkward time for both the European Union and the Czechs who hold the EU's rotating presidency.
While the long-term thrust of EU policy is not in question, the Czechs must now guide the bloc with a caretaker government in the midst of global financial crisis. Moreover, the Czech government's loss of legitimacy could lead to a damaging power struggle within the 27-member bloc.
The center-right government's opponents have made clear that it will be allowed to serve out its EU mandate in a caretaker capacity, with day-to-day EU business going on as usual and Czechs chairing regular meetings in Brussels whose agendas have been determined long in advance.
Prime Minister Miroslav Topolanek emphasized continuity when he addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg less than 24 hours after the no-confidence vote, saying the event would have "no impact" on the EU Presidency.
The Czech government's fall does not mark the first time a sitting EU presidency has undergone a change of government. Denmark in 1993 and Italy in 1996 underwent similar tests, without either instance having any lasting effect on the EU.