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English Pages, 5. 4. 2011
Many thanks for the invitation to address this distinguished audience. There are not many places on the other side of the world where I have had the privilege to speak twice. The Institute “Libertad y Desarrollo” is one of them. I remember my visit here seventeen years ago. As I am sure you know, I am here in Chile on an official state visit which has a clear and understandable aim – to promote the Czech-Chilean relations.
English Pages, 31. 3. 2011
It’s a great pleasure to be in Argentina again, after long seventeen years, and to get the opportunity to visit your university, to address this distinguished audience and to share some of my views with you. I am sure there are topics which are of interest to both our countries. Thank you for the invitation.
My first impression – after only a few hours here – is that Argentina has made a visible step forward in the last two decades in spite of the collapse of its currency board system and the subsequent crisis ten years ago.
English Pages, 11. 3. 2011
The Czech Republic considers today’s meeting as very important and timely. We support the measures, including sanctions, that have been introduced up till now on the side of the EU. However, when we looked at the draft of the declaration, we did not find it very persuasive. There is no clear signal coming from it. Short-term and medium and also long-term goals and ambitions should be differentiated.
English Pages, 11. 2. 2011
It is a great pleasure and honor to be here and to get a chance to contribute to the 80th birthday celebration for Gary Becker, whom I – and I am sure all of us – consider one of the most important economists of the current era. When, on November 16, I sent him a letter congratulating him on his birthday, I didn’t expect that six days later I would get an email from Prof. Lazear with the invitation to deliver this address. In spite of all my presidential duties, I accepted it without hesitation.
English Pages, 25. 1. 2011
The two words, „Challenging Prospects“, chosen for this year’s Com.Sult congress have been used as titles of congresses and conferences many times in the past, but this time their use seems to be appropriate, at least when we talk about Europe. We should say loudly what many Europeans, especially their politicians, also see but do not want to admit, that Europe faces a substantial, long-term, very serious problem.
English Pages, 20. 1. 2011
It is a real pleasure and honor for me to be here. It gives me an excellent and much needed opportunity to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to you for having elected me a foreign member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
It is not a formal, courtesy statement. I have received quite a number of both domestic and international awards and prices but this particular distinction is very special for me.
English Pages, 29. 11. 2010
Many thanks for the possibility to be here at this important summit, for the opportunity to meet very distinguished African politicians and for getting a chance to visit for the first time Tripoli as well as Libya.
I represent the Czech Republic, a country in Central Europe which used to have – especially in the second half of the twentieth century under the name of Czechoslovakia – very extensive relations with many of the African countries.
English Pages, 24. 11. 2010
I am, and I am sure we all are, delighted to welcome you in the Czech Republic. I remember a similar, very friendly dinner in your beautiful historic palace in the city of Luxembourg four years ago. I also remember that we both – Your Royal Highness and me – officially opened very representative premises of the Czech embassy in the house of Pierre Werner the following day.
English Pages, 19. 11. 2010
Let me say, very briefly, a few words about the topics suggested for this working dinner by the Secretary General.
The Czech Republic has been preparing for a different missile defence system in the past few years but we do support the new NATO organized and NATO controlled missile defense system.
English Pages, 12. 11. 2010
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me start by stressing that it is a great pleasure for me to be here tonight.
The invitation I received from the Alfa Bank was for me in one respect rather special. In the last twenty years, I have been speaking all over the world, but this is the first time I came to Russia just to make a speech. All my other visits here were official. The question is why it is so. What is different here?
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