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Klaus in Telegraph: on final stages of destruction of democracy in the EU

The Telegraph is running a story on Czech President Klaus' view on the EU and promotes his new book to appear in the U.K. next week,

Václav Klaus warns that the destruction of Europe's democracy may be in its final phase
The book is called The Shattering of Illusions. It has 200 pages and costs £14.44.

Our leader blames two-faced politicians not only in the typical PC parties but also politicians such as the U.K. conservatives for the trend.

The British daily mentions some other worrying statements. Mr Guido Westerwelle, paradoxically from the German FDP, urges the EU to abolish the vetoes of nation states. To enforce the EU law everywhere on the continent, an "EU army" may have to be established. Wow, I haven't heard about it before.

They mention Klaus' criticism of Barroso's recent call for a European federation as well as his longer track record. Klaus agrees that among the European leaders, he is isolated. Many examples of that are listed, e.g. Klaus' recent shocking experience with the Italian politicians who have admitted to be unable to act rationally and who hope that Brussels can do it better. They are escaping responsibility and accountability. David Cameron and his pals are criticized, too. The Tories have mostly lost it in the decades after Thatcher which is why Klaus is closer to UKIP these days.

Klaus finds it paradoxical that it's him who must teach Europe about democracy today.

In the intense discussion below the article, pro-Klaus comments get vastly better ratings than the anti-Klaus comments.

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reader MikeN said...

Does he blame himself in the book, for putting the Rome Treaty into effect with his signature?

reader Luboš Motl said...

Sorry, which Rome Treaty do you exactly have in mind? 1924? 1957?

If you mean the 2004 European Constitution, obviously Klaus never signed it. It was abolished and replaced by the Lisbon Treaty which Klaus signed as the last standing man in Europe, pre-decided not to he the only block.

reader MikeN said...

So he's blaming UK politicians for what he would not do. Perhaps if he had held out, after Cameron's election perhaps they would have gotten a spine and put it up for a referendum.

reader Luboš Motl said...

Come on, he did everything that was realistic. We're neither Germany nor Britain and if we were here to block what is promoted as the will of the whole Europe, we would pay dearly. I can imagine it would be good for everyone else in the longer run but it would be a pain in the neck for us in the short run.