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English Pages, 12. 11. 2014
1. Let me say a few words. I – and I suppose all of us – listened very carefully to Minister Idrissov´s sophisticated and thoughtful speech and let me say that we all welcome – at least I hope we all welcome – the launching of the Eurasian Council of Foreign Affairs. We would like to thank you, Mr. Minister, for inviting us to be part of it, and for organizing this gathering.
English Pages, 11. 11. 2014
1. I don´t pretend to be a specialist on Ukraine. I am also no aprioristic advocate or defender of Russia or Mr. Putin, but due to my life in communism I have been always opposing lies and manipulative propaganda. In this respect the life in communism made us very cautious and not to be easily persuaded and misled.
2. I see the current Ukrainian crisis as a domestic Ukrainian problem later heavily influenced, if not mostly masterminded from abroad.
English Pages, 3. 11. 2014
Many thanks for the invitation, many thanks for giving me such a prestigious role at this important gathering. I still have to figure out whether and why I eventually deserve it.
One possible explanation for it could be the specific, in many respects unique perspective from which I look at the current world and at the topic of this conference, which I hope can be summarized and simplified as “Communication Problems between the East and the West”.
English Pages, 10. 10. 2014
The Václav Klaus Institute (VKI) is publishing new book of the President Václav Klaus “The Never-Ending Struggle for Free Society” which is the first English publication outlining the topics and ideas which stand behind the aims and activities of the VKI. This collection of speeches, essays and articles (originally written in English) is a summary of the texts created by Václav Klaus in the last year and half in his capacity as the President of the Czech Republic and the first year and half his post-Presidential life.
English Pages, 25. 9. 2014
Václav Klaus has made a habit of saying things others shy away from saying, but it doesn’t seem to have done him much harm in the popularity stakes. Quite the opposite: the 73-year-old ardently Eurosceptic free-marketeer has legitimate claims to be regarded as the most successful ‘true blue’ conservative politician in Europe over the past 25 years. He was, after all, prime minister of the Czech Republic from 1992 to 1998 and then his country’s president for a further ten years, from 2003 to 2013.
English Pages, 17. 9. 2014
Many thanks for inviting me to attend this very topical conference organized on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the First World War. The topic is very motivating and not about history only. In addition to it, the invitation gives me a pleasant opportunity to visit Serbia, a country where the war started, a country I – and Czechs traditionally – like, a country where I have good friends. Last time I was here in January 2011 which is – in the currently fast-going era – already a relatively long time ago.
English Pages, 3. 9. 2014
Twenty four years ago, a few months after the fall of communism, I attended my first MPS General Meeting. As some of you may remember, it was held in Munich. It gave me the enormously valuable opportunity to see and meet the famous names of the MPS – Friedman, Stigler, Becker and many others (but these three were the most visible ones when looked at it from behind the Iron Curtain).
English Pages, 12. 8. 2014
Let me congratulate you on your election as President of the Republic of Turkey.
In the past, I had several opportunities to meet you and learn you were a man with clear vision who strives to turn Turkey into a strong, self-confident, economically successful and culturally diverse country; a man with an interest in the stability of the whole Middle East.
English Pages, 22. 7. 2014
I don’t pretend to be an expert on Polish transformation and on Polish history. I have only been an unsystematic foreign observer of Polish developments both in the communist era and in the last quarter of a century, a relatively frequent visitor to Poland (in the last years mostly on short official visits), a personal friend of late president Kaczyński (and of several Polish reformers).
English Pages, 4. 7. 2014
It was a great pleasure and honour for me when your rector, prof. Djankov, asked me to address this academic audience on the occasion of the New Economic School´s commencement ceremony. In the first two decades of its existence, your school has gained a very good reputation both at home and abroad and I am really glad to be here. And I am particularly glad to be here now when Russia is so disputed and – in my understanding – not fully correctly interpreted in the rest of the world.
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