Posts Tagged ‘Czech Republic’

The Czech Presidency of the European Union

Monday, January 5th, 2009

As the clock struck midnight on 31 December the Presidency of the European Union rotated from the French Government to the Czech Government. Now, for six months, Prague holds the limelight in EU affairs.

There could not be a bigger contrast in attitudes to Europe than between the head of State in France, Nicolas Sarkozy and the very Euro-sceptic Czech President, Vaclav Klaus. Klaus has already made clear the EU flag will not fly over Prague Hrad and the Czech Prime Minister and his colleagues will no doubt do all they can to keep President Klaus out of the European agenda and limelight in an effort not to be embarrassed. Klaus, right-wing economic libertarian admirer of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, has no time for Europe, believes climate change is a lot of nonsense and enjoys creating political storms in various tea-cups. (more…)