Czech Republic: History
The Czech Republic becomes independent after the breakup of Czechoslovakia.
The collapse of the coalition and accusations of financial corruption lead prime minster Vaclav Klaus to resign.
The Czech Republic becomes a member of NATO.
The first nuclear reactor at the Temelin nuclear power plant starts up, causing an uproar in other countries and leading to threats to block the Czech Republic's membership in the European Union.
The Czech Republic joins the European Union.
A three-party center-right coalition is approved; the Czech Republic joins the European Union's Schengen Treaty free movement zone.
Legislation passes allowing for the Czech Republic to hold direct elections for the presidency instead of having Parliament choose the president.