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Address by the President of the Czech Republic at the state dinner in honor of H. E. Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada

English Pages, 1. 12. 2008

Your Excellency, Mr. Lafond, Ladies and Gentlemen,

My wife and I – together with the citizens of the Czech Republic who highly appreciate traditional good relations between our two countries – are truly delighted to have the opportunity to welcome you in Prague on the occasion of your state visit to the Czech Republic. We would like, once again, to thank you for accepting our invitation to come here.

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Speech of the President of the Republic at the Constitutional Court Proceedings on the Lisbon Treaty

English Pages, 25. 11. 2008

Mr. Chairman and judges of the Constitutional Court,

I am at this hearing, because the Constitutional Court asked me to present my viewpoint on the proposal made by the Senate of the Czech Republic Parliament to have the Lisbon Treaty, modifying the Treaty on the European Union and the Treaty Establishing the European Community as agreed in Lisbon on 17 December 2007, examined in order to assess, whether or not it is compatible with the Czech Republic’s Constitution.

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Speech of the President of the Czech Republic at the state dinner in Ireland

English Pages, 12. 11. 2008

President, Mr McAleese, distinguished ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great honour to be able to use this occasion this evening to thank you for the invitation to your beautiful country and for the very cordial welcome extended here to our delegation, to my wife and myself.

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Remarks with a Toast at the Government Luncheon hosted by the Prime Minister of Ireland

English Pages, 12. 11. 2008

Dear Mr. Prime Minister, Dear guests,

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to meet with you. I am really delighted to be in Ireland again – after more than 10 years.

To return back, nineteen years ago (and we will celebrate this anniversary next week), communism in our country collapsed.

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

English Pages, 28. 10. 2008

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to welcome you in the Prague Castle at this already traditional, early morning meeting of the President of the Czech Republic with the heads of diplomatic missions on the occasion of the Czech National Day.

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Introduction to the Presentation of the book Planet Azul (No Verde) in Madrid

English Pages, 22. 10. 2008

It is my great pleasure to be again in Madrid – after long four years – and to have the opportunity to present my book “Planeta azul (no verde)” here today.

I am really glad that this book of mine has – after Czech, English, German, Dutch, Russian and Polish editions – also its Spanish version, una versión española.

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Introducing the Polish Version of Blue, not Green Planet

English Pages, 13. 10. 2008

I am really pleased to be here, with President Kaczyński, with Rector Budnikowski, with the representatives of the publishing house Rzeczpospolita, and with all of you.

I am glad that my book “Modrá, nikoli zelená planeta” (in Polish “Błękitna Planeta w Zielonych Okowach”) has – after Czech, English, German, Dutch, Russian and Spanish editions – also a Polish version.

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Setting the Right Priorities Means to Forget the Global Warming

English Pages, 9. 10. 2008

I would like to express my thanks for the invitation to participate in this important gathering.

The organizers of the forum suggested naming my today’s speech “Setting the Right Priorities”. They are probably not satisfied with the way how the priorities are set now or they suppose that I am not happy with it. They are right.

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Where Do I See a Problem Now?

English Pages, 3. 10. 2008

Many thanks for the invitation to this beautiful part of your great country and for honoring me with the Barry Goldwater Award for Liberty. Barry Goldwater is a name I esteem very much, a name I was aware of already in the sixties when he was alive, in the dark communist days. In the former Czechoslovakia, he was considered an arch enemy of the rosy era of building a communist paradise.

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Freedom and Free Market Principles Are As Important to Fight For Now as in the Past, Maybe More

English Pages, 2. 10. 2008

Many thanks for the invitation to this beautiful part of your great country and for honoring me with the very prestigious Columbia Award. I am extremely grateful, especially after having seen the list of the past award holders.

I will start with a short story connected with one of them – with George Will who received the award two years ago.

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