London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

How Czech young people understand democracy, citizenship, national identity and the process of Europeanisation

Author(s) Pavel Vacek  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2001  
Editor A. Ross, Learning for Democratic Europe  
Language English  
Age group -  
In 1999, during the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the former 1989 student leaders made an appeal to the present Czech political elite. This appeal was entitled Thank you, please leave, and it met with a widespread approval among the citizens of the Czech Republic. The appeal was aimed primarily at the current and former prime ministers and their closest staff. Today's thirty year olds have apparently developed a well founded feeling that the ideas and ideals associated with their successful stand against the totalitarian establishment of the time have not been fulfilled. A new term has been coined for this situation: 'the Stolen Revolution'. As might have been expected, the politicians in question not only refused to resign, but described the former student leaders with rather unflattering adjectives.

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