March 24, 1990 |
About the same time that Czechoslovak Foreign Minister Jiri Dienstbier told his Warsaw Pact peers that their alliance belonged on history's trash heap and that a new European order should stretch from San Francisco to Vladivostok, he also responded to critics who had accused his government of naivete and messianism.
January 24, 1990 |
President Vaclav Havel said Tuesday that when he visits Washington and Moscow next month, he will propose that the next superpower summit be held in Prague. Western diplomats had no immediate comment on the proposal. In a speech to Parliament, Havel also proposed a number of changes, including dropping "Socialist" from the country's official name. "As for the word 'socialism,' nobody knows what it means any more. What is more, it provokes general resentment.
December 7, 1989 |
Prime Minister Ladislav Adamec, warning that Czechoslovakia faces the danger of anarchy, said in a nationally televised address Wednesday that he will propose a new government today. He threatened to resign if the Communist Party and opposition forces do not accept his choices. "I cannot bear responsibility for the further development of the situation" if the government does not have "public confidence in the sincerity of our intentions," Adamec said.
December 11, 1989 |
Few revolutionaries in history have managed to accomplish what the Czechoslovak opposition pulled off in just three weeks: topple an entrenched, repressive regime with nothing more violent than a firm shove. But as thousands gathered in the city's main Wenceslas Square on Sunday to hear Civic Forum leaders praise the glory of their success, an entirely new set of challenges loomed on the horizon.
December 20, 1989 |
Declaring that only a free market system can reverse decades of economic decline here, Czechoslovakia's new prime minister Tuesday proposed fundamental changes that would essentially dismantle his nation's Communist economic structure. After 40 years of Communist rule, "much of our inherited national wealth has been dissipated," Prime Minister Marian Calfa told the Federal Assembly, Czechoslovakia's Parliament, as he outlined the government's legislative program.
November 29, 1989 |
The first clear sign that Czechoslovak Prime Minister Ladislav Adamec held views different from his other hard-line comrades came only two weeks ago in the national Parliament. Most Western news accounts of Adamec's speech that day focused on his confirmation of existing proposals to ease travel restrictions. But his later comments, made during a summing-up speech on the direction of government policy and calling for political and economic reform, were more significant.