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Czech President Vaclav Klaus is the only EU national leader who has not yet signed the Lisbon Treaty. Polish President Lech Kaczynski signed the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty on October 10, making Poland the 26th EU nation to have ratified the treaty. With the Irish “yes” vote on the second referendum, this leaves the tiny Czech Republic as the last man standing in the inevitable surge toward greater EU federalism.
EU bureaucrats will ensure that. There is already talk of adding extra “legal guarantees” along the lines of those the Irish, Polish and British received. The Irish, for example, received a guarantee that they will always hold a seat on the European Commission, and Poland and the UK received an “opt-out” from the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Klaus seeks this same opt-out for the Czech Republic.
These legal exemptions do not amount to much though. As Duff wrote, it “does not allow Poland and the UK to evade their legal duty to treat the charter as binding. Nor does it prevent the European Court of Justice, wielding the charter, from reaching judgments that affect directly the British or Polish state or citizen”
These kinds of guarantees will sweeten the deal for President Klaus if they are extended to him, but the treaty, no matter how it is passed, will be binding, and member nations will not be able to escape it in the courts.
That is, except for one nation—the true power in Europe, Germany. It essentially saved its national sovereignty due to a legal ruling in its constitutional court.
Originally posted by Sharrow
Hungary will be the second country in this resistance up from the 2010 elections when the Zionists will be banished from the government and the patriots are going to replace them. Maybe Hungary will also get out from the E.U. as the Hungarians has enough about it, as their citizens are opposed this treaty, but the Zionist government is simply signed it without the approval of the citizens. So, keep up the resistance Czech Republic. Hungary may join to you soon.
Former Soviet Dissident Warns For EU Dictatorship
From the desk of Paul Belien on Mon, 2006-02-27 22:13
Vladimir Bukovksy, the 63-year old former Soviet dissident, fears that the European Union is on its way to becoming another Soviet Union. In a speech he delivered in Brussels last week Mr Bukovsky called the EU a “monster” that must be destroyed, the sooner the better, before it develops into a fullfledged totalitarian state.
An interview with Vladimir Bukovsky about the impending EUSSR
In his speech Mr Bukovsky referred to confidential documents from secret Soviet files which he was allowed to read in 1992. These documents confirm the existence of a conspiracy to turn the European Union into a socialist organization. I attended the meeting and taped the speech. A transcript, as well as the audio fragment (approx. 15 minutes) can be found below. I also had a brief interview with Mr Bukovsky (4 minutes), a transcript and audio fragment of which can also be found below. The interview about the European Union had to be cut short because Mr Bukovsky had other engagements, but it brought back some memories to me, as I had interviewed Vladimir Bukovsky twenty years ago, in 1986, when the Soviet Union, the first monster that he so valiantly fought, was still alive and thriving.
Audio with interview of Vladimir Bukovksy
Now there are reports that he will not demand a new treaty ratification and that he may settle for political rather than legal guarantees. European leaders will be awaiting the outcome with bated breath.
Originally posted by TheCoffinman
actually both houses of the czech congress and the czech people want to sign the lisbon treaty, its vaclav klaus and his few supporters who refuse and without klaus's signing it, the lisbon treaty wont go into effect. therefore it is vaclav klaus who stands in the way, not the czech nation
EU adds pressure on Czech president
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso increased pressure on the Czech president on Tuesday to sign the European Union's Lisbon reform treaty so it can come into force before the year-end.
Speaking after meeting with Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, Barroso warned that the 27-country EU would be blocked if the Czech Republic sunk the treaty, which is meant to streamline decision-making and boost the bloc's global role.
"It is not in the interest of the Czech Republic to have the treaty delayed and the EU blocked," Barroso told a news conference. "I certainly hope the Czech Republic will fulfil its obligation."
While Klaus would probably like an exemption to be part of the treaty, some EU governments are reluctant to grant him even a political declaration. The treaty gives the EU a long-term president and a powerful foreign policy chief.
"We should not create precedents. One should not be subject to blackmail at the last minute," one EU diplomat said.
Barroso warned that the Czech Republic might lose its representation in the executive European Commission if the country fails to ratify the treaty.