Here is a list of questions to ask the Czech. These questions are recent and ongoing issues that every Czech citizen has a strong opinion about.
- Why did Czechoslovakia split? Has life improved for both the Czechs and Slovaks since the split? Was it better together? Since the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918 the two ethnicities of Czechs and Slovakians have been coexisting within the borders of one country.
- What should be done about the animosity between the Czech’s and Romas? At least 200 000 Roma’s, known as Gypsies live in the Czech Republic. The Roma’s are considered to be asocial and relations between the Czech’s and Roma’s are terrible. Most Czechs consider them a burden on society and claim they do nothing but steal, take advantage of generous social programs, live in squaller and destroy everything around them.
- How was the transition from communist ownership to private ownership accomplished? Was it fair? After the ousting of the communists in 1989 the capitalists arrived and started buying up public assets. Everything owned by the communists was up for sale – the utility companies, buildings, land and natural resources rights. Although an effort was made to make the sale fair with equal opportunities for all, it is almost unanimously believed that the process was corrupt and the politicians sold off the public assets for cheap to enrich themselves and their friends.
- Is Czech better off for keeping its own currency? Is the EU beneficial for the Czech Republic? Czech joined the European Union in 2004 but it remains one of the few countries to not adopt the Euro. The Czech President at that time was determined to keep Czech out of the Euro. He claimed that the Euro would take too much fiscal control out of the hands of the Czech people. Given the last couple years of the Euro performance and problems with Greece, the Czechs are starting to see the wisdom of keeping their own currency.