A year in which the Czech Republic voted overwhelmingly to join the EU, President Havel rode off into the sunset, and the government tottered was viewed by Czechs as just another year. You have reached a premium content area of TOL. To read this entire article please login if you are already a TOL subscriber. Not a subscriber? Subscribe today for access to: Full access to the website, including premium articles videos, country reports and searchable archives (containing over 25,000 articles). You can subscribe here to gain access to the entire website.