It seems Vaclav Klaus has now signed the treaty. A sad day.
Our fight to support Vaclav Klaus is over. Now our fight to leave the EU begins.
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Yesterday I met with representatives of Vaclav Klaus office in Prague.
I handed over the petition to Mr Jakl, Vaclav Klaus right hand man.
See pictures below and links to the different news articles around Europe. Let’s keep going!
Czech TV: http://tn.nova.cz/zpravy/domaci/klausova-vyjimka-zeleni-a-odbory-placou-slovensko-se-chlubi.html
Czech newspaper 1: http://zpravy.idnes.cz/foto.asp?r=domaci&c=A091030_155525_domaci_adb
Czech newspaper 2: http://www.tyden.cz/rubriky/domaci/politika/za-klause-v-bruselu-demonstrovalo-jen-15-lidi_145664.html
Czech newspaper 3: http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/news/zpravy/petitioners-call-on-klaus-not-to-sign-lisbon/405296
German media: http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2009-10/europa-balkenende-miliband
Austrian media: http://www.orf.at/?href=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.orf.at%2Fticker%2F346256.html
The government of Slovak Republic has woken up! After the Czech President Klaus had opened the question of so-called “Beneš decrees”, Rober Fico, the head of the Slovakian governmen reacted, he would demand the same opt-out, if Klaus was successful.
According to Czech Newspaper “Hospodářské Noviny” he said: “We have now only two options. Either we get the same warranties, or we will block the Czech opt-out.” President Klaus of Czech Republic previously announced, that he would no way sign the treaty without the warranties he demands.
After the World War II, the Czech Republic and Slovakia were established as a one united country, the Czechoslovakia. Although they separated 16 years ago, the “Beneš decrees” concern both the countries.
Jiří Cerman, Prague
The original article (by the Google Translator) read here.
According to the recent survey by agency “Median”, about 65% of Czech Citizens support their president in his resistance against the Lisbon Treaty.
The tactic of EU-elites tumbles down. They wanted to keep him isolated, alone and with no support, awaiting his resignation. However, this is obviously not going to happen, according to the huge amount of international support we all showed.
Mr. Klaus is being told to resign from his office, if he does not sign the treaty. Apparently, this is not the will of 74% of the Czech population.
Jiří Cerman, Prague
Read the article here (by Google Translator)
A Czech newspaper writes about this campaign in support of Vaclav Klaus:
The article is translated with Google Translate here:
Secretary of the Swedish right-wing Swedish Democrats Kent Ekeroth started a campaign to promote the Czech head of state. To this end, based on-line petition. “I když Irové v opakovaném referendu řekli smlouvě ano, stále existuje malá naděje, že by mohla být zastavena. Tou nadějí jste vy, Václav Klaus, český prezident,” píší Švédští demokraté. “Even though Irishmen in a repeated referendum said the contract so there is still little chance that it could be stopped. Tou hope you, Václav Klaus, Czech president,” writes Swedish Democrats. -Petition today has over twelve thousand signatures from all over Europe. At the same time was the foreign group that supports the Czech president on Facebook.
The original article, in Czech, can be found here.
President Klaus is the last obstacle to the completion of the treaty’s ratification and to the creation of a new EU President, foreign minister and European diplomatic service.
“I fear, and I am not the only person to fear, a deepening of EU integration,” he said during a visit to Moscow.
Mr Klaus, the EU’s only openly Eurosceptic head of state, has demanded new “opt-outs” from the Lisbon Treaty to prevent Germans expelled from the Czech Sudeten region after World War II from reclaiming their property.
“For me it is something of vital importance. In my opinion, the conditions that I have made for signing the agreement are serious,” he said.
The Czech Republic has been warned that it could lose its seat on the European Commission and face other unspecified “consequences” unless the country’s president abandons his solitary struggle against the EU.
A stern warning yesterday from Brussels that the Czechs could lose their place at Europe’s top table elicited only a shrug in Prague castle. Behind its ramparts, President Klaus maintained an enigmatic silence, but his footmen let it be known that he was in no mood to put pen to paper.
The rest of the EU has already ratified the Lisbon treaty, Tony Blair is waiting for the nod allowing him to move into a sumptuous residence in Brussels, but President Klaus is still playing poker with Europe.
The President of the Czech Republic has no intention of signing the Lisbon treaty, a move that might allow David Cameron time to hold a British referendum on Europe.
President Klaus, the fiercely Eurosceptic Czech leader, is the last obstacle for the agreement after its ratification in the other 26 EU states but he has told supporters that he will never sign, The Times has learnt.
Asked during a walkabout on Sunday not to put his name to the treaty, Mr Klaus replied: “Don’t worry, I won’t.”
The crisis over the EU Lisbon Treaty has deepened after the Czech Republic’s government backed down in a battle with President Vaclav Klaus over his refusal to sign the text.
Jan Fischer, the caretaker prime minister, announced a climb-down after an emergency cabinet meeting in Prague, saying he would negotiate President Vaclav Klaus’s call for a new Lisbon Treaty “opt-out” when he met other European Union leaders later this month.
Mr Fischer, who has been summoned to Brussels on Tuesday to explain the Czech position, was forced to admit that he was unsure whether Mr Klaus would sign the EU Treaty, even if his demand was met.”The government would like to have clear and sound guarantees from the side of the head of state that this is actually the last step from his side and no other additional conditions will be added,” he said.
The preferred EU option is to offer the Czech Republic “legal guarantees” such as those that were given to Ireland, before the country held its second, successful referendum on the treaty earlier this month.
This route would prevent any need to re-ratify in all 27 EU member states and would allow the Lisbon Treaty to enter into force next year.
But Ladislav Jakl, Mr Klaus’s spokesman, has ruled out this method “as an absolutely impossible way forward”.
“The guarantees given to Ireland are not guarantees. They were a political declaration in a style such that the Irish wolf filled its stomach and the Lisbon goat remained whole,” he told the Lidové Noviny newspaper.
Any demand from the Mr Klaus for reopening of the Lisbon Treaty text to insert an “opt-out” would be refused by the other EU countries.