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English Pages, 20. 6. 2014
Many thanks for the invitation. I am really glad to be here again and to meet many old friends. The twelve months between last June and this one supplied us with many significant events. Some of them were unexpected but some of them were known in advance. We – in the Czech Republic and other Central and East European countries – did expect the coming of the 10th anniversary of our EU membership. This moment gave us an opportunity to analyse and discuss this experience.
English Pages, 13. 6. 2014
On May 30, 2014, the Czech internet server Echo24 published a story with a title: Why does Klaus repeat Kremlin's lies? Putin's critic wonders. It is an interview with Andrei Illarionov, Russian economist and former close collaborator of Russian president Vladimir Putin, who shortly after falling out of favor with the regime at home, moved to the USA and now shocks the world with anti-Russian propaganda and bizarre media declarations about how Russia now "focuses" on the Baltics and Finland as the next victim after Ukraine.
English Pages, 12. 6. 2014
English Pages, 28. 5. 2014
I wish to congratulate you most sincerely on your and UKIP's success in the elections to the European Parliament. This is a great news for all of us who wish to see more intergovernmental cooperation in Europe, less centralisation and less bureaucracy and masterminding from above.
English Pages, 9. 5. 2014
Dear President Zimmer,
Let me express my deep sorrow for the death of my personal friend, great economist and great fighter for free society and free markets Gary Becker. It is a great loss for all of us, for the University, for the economic profession all over the world.
English Pages, 9. 5. 2014
I was extremely touched getting the information about the death of Gary. I know it is a great loss for you, I know how close you were. I will never forget seeing it while staying in your house. It is a great loss for the economic profession, for the University of Chicago, for his friends all over the world, including Prague and the whole Czech Republic.
English Pages, 7. 5. 2014
Many thanks for organizing this gathering. We – who came to Budapest and prepared our contributions to this important and much needed project – are personally motivated in preserving a correct understanding of the unique and unrepeatable era after the fall of communism. We are already one generation away from it. To our great regret, the permanently ongoing political disputes in our countries are very often based on a caricature of this historic era.
English Pages, 6. 5. 2014
Many thanks for the invitation. I almost don’t remember when I spoke here, in Budapest, last time in a private capacity, not being on a formal state visit.
It may be partly a personal problem because I entered politics in the moment of the Czechoslovak-Hungarian dispute about Gabčíkovo-Nagyamaros Danube dam project and I dared interpreting it as one of the conflicts between green ideology and rational thinking which was not very popular in Hungary at that time.
English Pages, 28. 4. 2014
Thank you for inviting me to come here, thank you for giving me the opportunity to address this audience which was put together by the Zürich Business Club. I highly appreciate it.
My long-lasting interest in Switzerland has been recently raised by the referendum you organized about immigration at the beginning of this year, and, perhaps even more, by the EU reaction to it. On the one hand, I have to admit that this reaction was expected by many of us.
English Pages, 22. 4. 2014
Introduction: The difficult heritage of the past
The state of Ukraine today is a sad outcome of Stalin's attempts to mix up nations and boundaries, disrupt natural historical ties and create a new Soviet man by turning original nations into mere ethnic residua and historical leftovers. Taking it into consideration is the starting point of our thinking, something that is sadly missing in the political debates today.
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