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Press Statement by the President of the Czech Republic After the Senate Vote on the Lisbon Treaty

English Pages, 7. 5. 2009

I have to start expressing my disappointment with some of the Senators who by agreeing with the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty – after an unprecedented political and media, domestic and foreign pressure – renounced the views they had publicly held until recently, and together with them also their political and civic integrity.

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Green policies = economic decline

English Pages, 6. 5. 2009

I am surprised at how so many people in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere have come to support policies underpinned by hysteria over global warming, particularly cap-and-trade legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and subsidies for "green" energy sources.

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Notes of the President of the Czech Republic for the EU – Japan Summit

English Pages, 4. 5. 2009

Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, ladies and gentlemen, let me welcome all of you in Prague at the EU-Japan 2009 summit. The Czech Republic is honored having you here. The possibility to lead and organize serious and comprehensive dialogue with you at a time of many important changes and challenges is a real pleasure for us.

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Opening Speech at the EU-US Summit

English Pages, 5. 4. 2009

Excellencies, dear friends, ladies and gentlemen,

Let me welcome you in Prague, in the capital of the Czech Republic, at the meeting of EU Heads of State and Government with President Barack Obama and his delegation.

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Notes for the NATO 2009 Summit

English Pages, 3. 4. 2009

Secretary General, Dear colleagues,

I would like first to thank both Chancellor Merkel and President Sarkozy for the innovative organization of this summit which takes place in the moment of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the North Atlantic Alliance. I am sure all of us gathered here share the view that in the past 60 years NATO has convincingly proved its importance and indispensability.

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Interview with the President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus for The Sunday Times

English Pages, 22. 3. 2009

Could you please elaborate on the “democratic deficit” you identified in the institutions of the European Union during your speech in front of the European Parliament?

I see the “democratic deficit” in a growing distance between the citizens of the EU member states and the EU political elite, as well as in the shift of decision-making from the member states capitals to Brussels.

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Europe and the ongoing financial crisis

English Pages, 16. 3. 2009

Thank you for the possibility to be with all of you here tonight because I do not very often speak in Milano. I am glad that the Istituto Bruno Leoni gave me this opportunity. I am aware that the institute plays an important role in Italy. I am also very pleased that my book “Pianeta blu, non verde”, in its Italian version, was officially launched today.

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Speech of the President of the Czech Republic at the 10th anniversary of the Czech Republic’s NATO accession

English Pages, 12. 3. 2009

Secretary General, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to welcome you here, in Rudolph's Gallery of the Prague Castle. We have gathered in this truly historic place to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the accession of our country to the North Atlantic Alliance and – at the same time – the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Alliance.

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Europe, Global Warming and the Current Economic Crisis: As Seen From Prague

English Pages, 10. 3. 2009

I would like, first of all, to express my thanks for giving me the opportunity to be here today and to address this distinguished audience. Some of you may know that this is not my first visit to the Columbia University. I was here eight years ago, in April 2001, at the invitation of Prof. Padma Desai and her Center for Transition Economies.

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No Progress in the Climate Change Debate

English Pages, 9. 3. 2009

When preparing my today’s remarks, I took into my hands – looking for an inspiration – my last year’s speech here, at the Heartland Institute’s Conference. It did not help much. It is evident that the climate change debate has not made any detectable progress and that the much needed, long overdue exchange of views has not yet started.

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