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Headlining with “Czech Economy boosted,” a delighted Lidové Noviny reports on a steep rise in Czech exports, which are up by 24.4% over May of 2009. The increase is due to improving conditions in Germany, the country’s main economic partner. German companies have a large number of out-sourcing deals with firms in the Czech Republic. As the daily explains, “Consumers want German quality at low prices, and we stand to benefit from this trend.” At the same time, the Prague-based news paper notes that dependence on German business has reached a point where the Czech Republic can be considered to be the 17th German state. It is on this basis that the Czech Republic’s national interest will be best served by supporting Berlin in the argument with Brussels and Paris over the German trade surplus.