The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development published its annual transition report on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe this week. The bank operates in 10 EU candidate countries - among them the Czech Republic, of course - and a further 17 countries in the region, including the former Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States. EU enlargement should help all 27 countries, not just the EU candidates, said the bank - a 'Brussels lace curtain' should not replace the old Iron Curtain.
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