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The Manmade Contribution to Ongoing Global Warming Is Not a Planetary Emergency

English Pages, 20. 8. 2012

Many thanks for the invitation to attend your conference and to speak here. I appreciate that a mere politician, a former economist, has been invited to address this well-known gathering of highly respected scientists.  If I understand it correctly, this year´s seminar is devoted to the discussion of the role of science and of “planetary emergencies”. To the first topic, I want to say very clearly that I don´t see a special role for science which would be different from doing science.

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Politics Must Stop Dictating Economics in Europe (Speech at the IIF Ditchley Conference)

English Pages, 17. 7. 2012

Many thanks for the invitation to this very serious gathering. I just returned from a week long state visit to Malaysia and Indonesia, from two fast growing countries. This trip reinforced my feeling that there is no other topic worth discussing at meetings like this one than Europe and its economic fate. Let me, therefore, use this opportunity to say a few words about how I see it.

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Notes for the Independence Day Speech 2012

English Pages, 27. 6. 2012

Mr. Ambassador, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for inviting me and all of us to celebrate the Independence Day of the United States of America with you and for giving me the opportunity to say a few words on this occasion. This is the last time I am attending this celebration as the President of the Czech Republic and would like, therefore, to speak a little more broadly about the Czech-American relations.

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Global Governance and its European Variant

English Pages, 11. 6. 2012

Many thanks for giving me a chance to come again to this very beautiful but also (as seen from Prague) very remote part of the world. Nevertheless, I strongly believe that I will be highly rewarded for the long journey by being here with all of you. Thank you for selecting this topic for the conference. Its title suggests the lack of politically correctness but it magnifies my pleasure to be here. I am proud to belong to the very small group of people who consider both the ideology of global governance and the reality of the rapidly accelerating realization of this scheme to be one of the main threats to our liberty and democracy.

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Notes for the Heartland Institute Conference Speech

English Pages, 22. 5. 2012

Many thanks for the invitation and for giving me the opportunity to address this distinguished audience. I am not for the first time in Chicago. It is also not for the first time that I am attending a conference organized by the Heartland Institute. But it is for the first time I am with Heartland here in Chicago.

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The Bruges Group Speech about Europe

English Pages, 3. 5. 2012

Many thanks for your invitation and for giving me the opportunity to say a few words about Europe here, in London, in this very special period of time. I am aware of your Group’s continuing interest in this topic and suppose I will not be blowing against the wind in front of this audience.Europe, or perhaps better to say the European Union, has been also my interest and topic for many years.

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How Regimes Collapse and How to Go Back to Liberty? (Notes for Fez)

English Pages, 22. 4. 2012

Mr. Rector, members of the Mont Pelerin Society, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank you for the invitation. Being here is very inspiring and motivating for me. I have never been to Morocco and to this part of the world before and already my first hours here indicate that it will be an unforgettable visit. And a learning process. The first MPS regional meeting in Africa is a great, almost revolutionary event. Let me use this opportunity to say how honoured we, the Czechs, are to host the MPS 2012 General Meeting in Prague in September this year.

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Is There a Chance to Return Europe to a Free Society?

English Pages, 3. 4. 2012

Robert Nef is – without doubt – one of the last classical liberals. There are, of course, many other people in Europe who are convinced that they are anti-communists or anti-socialists, who would insist that they are pro-market and pro-democracy but we know that they are far from being true believers in freedom and free markets and we know as well that they are not active and loud defenders of the classical liberal principles so dear to Robert Nef (and me).

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Introductory Remarks to the Presentation of the Book „Sauver les démocraties en Europe“ in Paris

English Pages, 2. 4. 2012

Many thanks for the publication of this collection of my recent texts and speeches about Europe here in France and in French language. This book may, hopefully, give – at least to interested and concerned readers – the direct contact with my views, not with their very often intentional and calculated caricature in the media.  Let me express my gratitude to all who made it possible: to the publisher of the book François-Xavier de Guibert, to the translators of my book, to the Czech Ambassador in France Mrs. Chatard and her husband.

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Speech of the President at Çukurova University in Turkey

English Pages, 16. 2. 2012

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen, Students, thank you for the invitation to visit your university and for the possibility to address this audience. I appreciate it very much. This is not my first academic speech in Turkey. Six years ago, I spoke at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara and a year before that at Forum Istanbul.

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