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.
Posted on October 15, 2009 by kentekeroth