Posts Tagged ‘Václav Klaus’

It’s that man again!

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Our beloved Czech President, Vaclav Klaus, chose his speech on Czech National Day (28 October) to have a go at we foreigners. He built his statement to the nation around notable years since the Czechoslovak Republic was brought into being by the great powers in 1918.  Britain and France were condemned for the Munich agreement of 1938, the USA for permitting the Soviet communist takeover of 1948 and the Russians for suppressing the Prague Spring in 1968. The message to the nation was clear – foreigners are bad news. What’s more, the EU is especially bad news and the Euro proves what a mess the big European nations make of affairs – aren’t we glad we have the Czech crown?  Klaus seems to have missed out on the fact that nations that don’t have the Euro have also been having a bad economic time – witness the British pound, the Icelandic kroner and the US dollar! However, our President, though strong on rhetoric, may not be quite so bothered about facts. (more…)

Kafka, Klaus, and IBTS

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

One of the ‘kafka-esque’ features of this wonderful, ecologically-minded country the hospitality of which we enjoy is the country’s president who thinks that the talk of climate change is one big ‘hysteria.’ (You can watch his speech before the UN Climate Change Conference here, or see his notes here.)

In an interview yesterday given to one of the Czech news websites Mr Václav Klaus said that the reaction of the world’s leaders to the current economic crisis was ‘populist’ and that it would have been prevented in time had the leaders not trifled their efforts away in ‘fighting against climate’. Klaus is an economist of laissez-faire persuation: “Human wants are unlimited and should stay so.” (more…)