Slovakian Prime Minister: “We want an opt-out too!”

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.

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Czech People: “He fights for us!”

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)

“Czech Republic government caves in to eurosceptic president”

EU Lisbon Treaty: Czech Republic government caves in to eurosceptic president

 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.

Vaclav Klaus: “The treaty a step in the wrong direction”

Germans seek to oust Czech president Vaclav Klaus over EU treaty

In faraway Brussels furious diplomats were calling for his impeachment and even his country’s expulsion from the European Union because of his obstinate refusal to sign the Lisbon treaty. Klaus, now the only European leader holding out against ratifying the document, made it clear he did not give a damn.

“I have always considered this treaty a step in the wrong direction,” Klaus said. As he is well aware, the slightest change to the treaty, which was first proposed in 2001, would require all 27 EU member countries to agree.

His remarks were greeted with outrage in Europe. German and French diplomats, in talks with their Czech counterparts, explored two ways of removing the Klaus obstacle: impeach him or change the Czech constitution to take away his right of veto.

and:

Klaus is unlikely to give in without at least some concessions. He is said to want to be seen as the leader who derailed the European project. A comparison is being drawn in Prague with Edvard Benes, the pre-war Czech leader who in 1938 had to flee to Britain after refusing to cede territory to Hitler under the Munich agreement.

Sounds promising!

Ladislav Jakl on TV: “very unlikely that Vaclav Klaus will ratify the Lisbon Treaty”

A friend in the Czech Republic wrote to be the following:
Ladislav Jakl for ČT (Czech public TV):

It is very unlikely that Vaclav Klaus will ratify the Lisbon Treaty under actual conditions.

Positive news!

I got a message on Facebook from the Czech guy who said:
In interview of today´s day with president´secretary Jakl (for biggest czech News web Idnes.cz) were news from british media discused:

idnes: President said on saturday, that British should act earlier. It is explained by british media, that he won´t wait for british referendum.
Jakl: I don´t want to translate president´s statements into czech language. he said only this, nothing more.

Jakl denied rumour from british newspapers. He also said I get amount of emails daily supporting president in blocking Lisabon. It is his responsibility to make the decision, but I will advice him do not validate Lisabon.

So maybe there is still hope! Here are the links to the articles: