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English Pages, 17. 1. 2012
Secretary General, Ministers, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, in the past twenty years, I had been – especially in its first part –mostly asked to speak abroad about the intricacies of the transition which the former communist countries, including my country, the Czech Republic, had to undertake on their way from communism to a system of parliamentary democracy and market economy. This unique and revolutionary transition is over but I believe our experience should not be forgotten.
English Pages, 14. 1. 2012
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be at this very unique gathering with all of you. It is nice to meet so many old friends. It is rather curious that I have not yet participated in any conference organized by the well-known International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. There is a reason for it, however.
English Pages, 23. 12. 2011
Dear Mr. Archbishop, Dear Mrs. Havlová, distinguished guests from the Czech Republic and from abroad, allow me, as the President of the Czech Republic who assumed this function immediately after Václav Havel, to render the last tribute to this great personality of our modern history, personally, as well as on behalf of the Czech Republic and its citizens.
English Pages, 21. 12. 2011
We have gathered here today at this historic place in the heart of Prague Castle to pay our respect to Václav Havel, who passed away on Sunday, 18 December, following a long and difficult illness, yet he passed away unexpectedly. We have gathered in the Vladislav Hall, where Václav Havel was first elected and inaugurated as President twenty two years ago. There is not a more appropriate place in our country where to bid him farewell.
English Pages, 18. 12. 2011
Dear Fellow Citizens,
This morning, the first President of our restored democratic republic, Václav Havel, has passed away after a long and severe illness. We knew about his serious health problems but the news about his death is something we did not dare admitting. We know how grave the health difficulties he was facing were and how brave he was in confronting them.
English Pages, 12. 12. 2011
Many thanks for the invitation and for the possibility of being here. I have visited Poland many times, but this is my first stay in your beautiful city. I am really pleased to be here and to be able to present my book “Gdzie Zaczyna Się Jutro” which was published in Polish language by the Ossolineum Publishing House here in Wrocław.
English Pages, 6. 12. 2011
In the last decade, we have been authoritatively told and forced to accept that the Earth has been warming up. Some of us are not ready to accept that. Before fully acceding to the global warming alarmism, we want to know why, how much and how relevant (if not dangerous) the warming is or could be. Many politicians, journalists and activists among scientists pretend to know all the answers.
English Pages, 9. 11. 2011
Mr. President, I suppose the Czech Republic is quite happy to be outside the eurozone now. But, still, how do you asses the situation? It is said that the next few days or weeks will be crucial for euro as a project. How do you feel about it? Were you surprised when the collapse started?
I would not talk about a collapse, but about a serious crisis. The crisis in Europe did not come as a surprise to me and it does not relate to the eurozone only. It is a crisis of the whole model of European integration which has become dominant in Europe since – at least – the mid-1980s.
English Pages, 28. 10. 2011
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a great pleasure for me, as well as for my wife, to welcome all of you here at the Prague Castle, in this hall, in front of the statue of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, of a man who is closely linked with this celebration, with the 93rd anniversary of the birth of our independence in the year 1918. Masaryk launched a struggle which seemed impossible to win, a struggle for national and democratic ideals, and succeeded in it.
English Pages, 23. 9. 2011
Mr. Chairman, allow me to congratulate you on your election to the very important post of the highest representative of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Excellencies, dear colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, a few days ago, the New York City and the entire world remembered the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11. I would like to use this opportunity to pay homage to all the victims, as well as to the firefighters and other rescue workers who died in connection with the 2001 attacks. We should not forget them.
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