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Opening Statement of the President at the Farewell Meeting with the Heads of Diplomatic Missions

English Pages, 21. 2. 2013

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, let me welcome you here most sincerely. Thank you for joining us at this small ceremony at the end of my presidential mandate. It has been an honor for me to serve as the President of the Czech Republic for the past ten years. I can assure you that my meetings with you and your predecessors belonged to my pleasant duties, and not only duties, I learned a lot as well. It is a memory I will always cherish.

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Economic growth is the best promoter of social and environmental goals

English Pages, 27. 1. 2013

President Piñera, dear colleagues, thank you for the invitation to attend this important gathering and for its perfect organization. Just the weather could be better, less hot. Some of us attended the previous EU-Latin America summit in Madrid two years ago and found it productive and stimulating. It is of utmost importance to be confronted with different views, perspectives, experiences.

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Remarks of the President at the Wiener Com.Sult Congress: Europe Has Not Yet Made the Necessary Change

English Pages, 22. 1. 2013

Many thanks for inviting me to attend your congress once again and for giving me a chance to speak here this morning. I remember being here two years ago with my criticism of the fact that the European political class did not face up to the seriousness of the current European problem. In the past two years, nothing has changed in this respect, to my great regret. We still continue marching in the same blind alley.

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Remarks at the launching of the book “La Integración Europea Sin Ilusiones” in Madrid

English Pages, 3. 12. 2012

Many thanks for organizing this gathering and for making it possible for me to introduce my book “La Integración Europea Sin Ilusiones” (Editorial Club Universitario, 2012) to the potential Spanish readers. The book was originally published in Prague last December in Czech language, in Bulgaria in February, in Italy in August, the English version was launched in New York in September and in London just a week ago, and the German edition was presented two weeks ago in Vienna.

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ASEM speech: The lasting crisis in Europe and the continuing growth in Asia: Why is it so?

English Pages, 5. 11. 2012

Mr Chairman, dear colleagues, I would like to thank the organizers of the summit for giving many of us the possibility to for the first time visit Laos. I am convinced this meeting will make Laos the focus of world attention in these two days and I am sure the country deserves it. I have been looking forward to this meeting because ASEM has become an important platform for dialogue between heads of states and governments of European and Asian countries.

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President's address on the Czech National Day

English Pages, 28. 10. 2012

Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, we have gathered here in these historical premises again to commemorate that the modern Czech state is one year older. Before long, a hundred years will pass from the establishment of our republic. Then we shall certainly ask the following questions: What has this – historically speaking – relatively brief episode, interrupted by the Nazi Protectorate and subsequently by our subjection to the Soviet Union, brought to our nation; And what have we who have lived in this era brought to our state.

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Address to the Members of the Diplomatic Corps on the Occasion of the Czech National Day

English Pages, 28. 10. 2012

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure for me and for my wife to welcome you here at the Prague Castle on the occasion of the Czech National Day. We are pleased and honored that also this year His Excellency, the Apostolic Nuncio, will speak to us on behalf of the diplomatic corps. Mr. Ambassador, you have been traditionally adding a spiritual dimension to this festive occasion.

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Speech of the President at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University

English Pages, 11. 10. 2012

Mr. Rector, Professors, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure to be here and a great honour to receive the honorary doctorate from your University. As a politician, as President of the Czech Republic who is on an official state visit to your country and as a professor at the Prague School of Economics, I am aware of the importance of academic institutions and universities. It is my world. That is the main reason why I so highly appreciate the opportunity to address such esteemed academic audience.

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Answers of the President for the Washington Times

English Pages, 26. 9. 2012

I live in Europe and care about democracy and sovereignty of nation states there. That is why I wrote the book “Europe: The Shattering of Illusions” to be published by Bloomsbury on September 27. We witness a growing tendency of the EU institutions, especially of the unelected Commission, to make decisions about most of the issues of our lives. I resolutely oppose this development as undemocratic.

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Address of the President of the Czech Republic at the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly

English Pages, 26. 9. 2012

Mr. Chairman, I would like to congratulate you on your election to serve as the highest representative of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly. In recent decades your country has gone through a difficult period and I am sure your experience as Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs, who saw the consequences of one kind of “peacefully” negotiated settlements and of armed international interventions, will be beneficial for this year’s General Assembly and will contribute to making our deliberations less formal and more practical.

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