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Opinion polls have repeatedly shown that only one-third of Czechs support NATO membership (with one-third undecided and one-third in favor) and about 50 percent support EU membership. Changing those unfavorable opinion trends and actively preparing the country for membership in both organizations may be the most important task for Czech politicians in the next few years. At the end of 1996, housing, banking, the health-care system, and the energy sector remained the areas yet to be tackled. Given the decision-making paralysis produced by the elections, it was not clear that solutions could be found quickly.
RUSSIA 171 Domestic Affairs 172 RUSSIA ELECTS A FRAGILE POLITICAL STABILITY by LAURA BELIN and ROBERT W. ORTTUNG 172 Profile: VIKTOR CHERNOMYRDIN: A DISCREET AUTHORITY by PETER RUTLAND 180 Document: GENNADII ZYUGANOV IN HIS OWN WORDS 182 Document: OPEN LETTER FROM SERGEI KOVALEV TO PRESIDENT BORIS YELTSIN 184 Document: ''RUSSIA CLOSE TO ITS DEATH BED" by ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN 186 Foreign Policy 193 STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE IN THE FORMER EMPIRE'S SHADOW by SCOTT PARRISH 193 BARGAINING OVER NATO ENLARGEMENT by SCOTT PARRISH 198 YAVLINSKII ON NATO EXPANSION: YALTA OR VERSAILLES?
Sidebar: CZECH PARTIES' VIEWS OF THE EU AND NATO by JIRI PEHE The seven parties that were leading contenders in the May-June parliamentary elections differed widely in their attitudes toward the European Union and NATO. Page 19 NATO The three coalition parties that formed the governmentthe Civic Democratic Party (ODS) of Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus, the Civic Democratic Alliance (ODA) of Deputy Prime Minister Jan Kalvoda, and the Christian and Democratic Union (KDU) of Deputy Prime Minister Josef Luxall favored the Czech Republic's speedy admission to NATO, with the rights and duties of a full member.