Final Word from Thursday, October 25, 2012

Czech newsrooms are gearing up for what might be their most- extensive coverage yet of a U.S. presidential election. Reporters are preparing to leave for the States, and all-night analysis is being organized. But does the outcome really matter for Czechs? A Romney victory would bring few palpable changes in U.S.- Czech relations. There would naturally be a new U.S. ambassador and probably a slight shift toward more business and less human rights. A Republican administration might have snarled louder at the Czechs for wanting to cancel the bilateral investment treatment, but Miroslav Kalousek will likely achieve this before the inauguration anyway. Czechs who want the U.S. to take a tougher stance against Russia might prefer Romney, esp. if one Kremlophilic Czech president is followed by another. Otherwise, Czechs probably have no little reason to wait with bated breath for the election results.[Czech Republic United States Barack Obama Mitt Romney Václav Klaus Miloš Zeman]

Glossary of difficult words

to gear up for - to equip or prepare oneself for;

the States - informal term for the United States;

palpable - able to be touched or felt;

to snarl - to say something in an angry, bad-tempered voice;

with bated breath - in great suspense; very anxiously or excitedly.


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