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Czech Republic – 20 Years After the Fall of Communism

English Pages, 26. 11. 2009

It’s a real pleasure and honor to be here on the occasion of my official visit to your beautiful, interesting and dynamic country. This is not my first visit in Sao Paulo. I had a speech in the Liberal institute here, in Sao Paulo, in 1994, to my great regret I was not able to find the title of my speech but it was – undoubtedly – about our radical transition from communism to a free society which was in its crucial moments at that time.

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20 Years After the Collapse of Communism

English Pages, 12. 11. 2009

Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for the invitation to come once again to London and to the well-known Reform Club. I was here last time in June 2000 and remember speaking about Europe (“Europe – Integration or Unification?”). It is not surprising that this topic is still with us and that I am still in favour of integration and not unification. The number of letters and emails from Britain supporting my position is enormous, especially now.

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The Fall of the Wall: 20 Years After

English Pages, 7. 11. 2009

Dear Mrs. Reagan, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for organizing this conference and for inviting me as one of the speakers. It is my pleasure and honor to visit for the first time the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the final resting place of the 40th President of the United States, and to commemorate, together with you, the 20th anniversary of the fall of communism.

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20 Years After the Fall of Communism: Not a Final Victory for Freedom

English Pages, 5. 11. 2009

Many thanks for the invitation. I remember speaking here in the middle of the 1990’s but I was not able to find the text of my speech. It was – no doubt – devoted to the problems of transition from communism to a free society because in that era it was the topic of the day.

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Speech at the Washington Times Climate Change Policy Conference

English Pages, 4. 11. 2009

Many thanks for the invitation and for the courage to organize such an important gathering in the moment when political correctness tells you not to do it.

We are meeting one month before the Climate Change Copenhagen Summit and several weeks before the U.S. Senate hearing regarding the cap-and-trade scheme.

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

English Pages, 28. 10. 2009

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to welcome you at the Prague Castle, at this traditional 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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Address of the President of the Czech Republic at the Ceremonial Assembly on October 28

English Pages, 28. 10. 2009

Dear high government officials, representatives of the diplomatic corps, ladies and gentlemen, dear viewers and listeners of television and radio stations,

Tonight, on the occasion of our most important state holiday, we are meeting here, in a free country, for the twentieth time to celebrate the formation of our modern independent state.

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Reply to the Constitutional Court Regarding the Lisbon Treaty

English Pages, 17. 10. 2009

I appreciate the effort of the group of senators to gain certainty whether the Lisbon Treaty is or is not consistent with Czech constitutional order. Their conscientious and responsible approach is evident from the full versions of the Treaty of Rome and the Maastricht Treaty that have been attached to the draft text along with a clear designation of changes to these treaties by the Lisbon Treaty.

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Statement of President Václav Klaus on the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty

English Pages, 9. 10. 2009

To start with, let me say I was planning this press conference a little bit later, definitely not this afternoon. After the phone call with the Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeld yesterday and after the disclosure of the contents of our conversation that – according to our agreement – was to stay confidential, a number of speculations appeared that I’d like to stop.

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Introduction to the Presentation of the Book “Blue Planet in Green Shackles” in Tirana

English Pages, 5. 10. 2009

It is my great pleasure to be in Albania for the first time and to have the opportunity to present my book “Planeti blu në vargonj të gjelbër“ here today. We had very friendly and productive talks with President Topi and Prime Minister Berisha this morning and I can assure you that your country has a good friend in the Czech Republic.

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President sent a letter of congratulations to Prof. James Buchanan

English Pages, 3. 10. 2009

Dear Professor Buchanan,

I would like to congratulate you on the occasion of your 90th birthday and wish you sound health and much happiness.

This significant jubilee is a suitable occasion to recognize your enormous achievements and your great academic work. I am sure it has been done in many places of the world.

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Farewell address of President Václav Klaus on the occasion of Pope Benedict XVI visit in the Czech Republic

English Pages, 28. 9. 2009

Your Holiness,

let me, first, on behalf of the whole country of ours, to thank you for your memorable visit.

Your stay in our country, the message you so convincingly brought us, your appeal to mutual understanding, to tolerance, to peace, to the importance of reason, of creed, of ethic was delivered in a way we got it and understood it.

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The United Nations General Assembly Speech

English Pages, 23. 9. 2009

Madam Chair, Madame Deputy Secretary General, Dear colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

My country, the Czech Republic, has always appreciated the role the United Nations has been playing in strengthening security, stability and prosperity in the world. I want to assure you that we will continue to participate in the United Nations activities.

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The Endangered Planet: Notes for the Ambrosetti Forum

English Pages, 5. 9. 2009

Two years ago I spoke here against the global warming hysteria which was then on the increase in the whole developed world. Looking around now, we have to say that it has grown even bigger and more influential. It can’t go unchallenged. I would like, therefore, to thank the Ambrosetti Forum for giving me a chance to do it.

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Notes for the Aix-en-Provence Summer University Speech

English Pages, 23. 8. 2009

Thank you for the invitation to come to Aix, for giving me a chance to address this reputable audience where I see many friends and, above all, thank you for continuing to organize the Summer University. I only don’t understand why you call it Summer University of the New Economics. Which one is the old one?

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Notes for the European Resource Bank Meeting Speech

English Pages, 22. 8. 2009

Many thanks for the invitation, for the opportunity to meet so many good friends and for the privilege to speak here tonight. I am glad to be in this historic city and in this beautiful part of France again. I know that this is a very knowledgeable and truly cosmopolitan audience, which makes the choice of the topic rather difficult for me.

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President sent a letter of condolence to David Friedman

English Pages, 19. 8. 2009

Dear Professor Friedman,

It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing away of your wife. Rose was not only an unfailingly loving companion to Milton, she was also a brilliant economist and thinker in her own right. But most importantly, she was a woman of many admirable personal qualities.

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President sent a letter of congratulation to Barack Obama

English Pages, 4. 8. 2009

On Tuesday August 4, 2009, the President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus sent a letter of congratulation to the President of the United States of America Barack H. Obama on the occasion of his birthday.

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President sent a letter of congratulation to Anders Fogh Rasmussen

English Pages, 4. 8. 2009

On Tuesday August 4, 2009, the President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus sent a letter of congratulation to Anders Fogh Rasmussen on his inauguration as the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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Notes for the Independence Day Speech 2009

English Pages, 2. 7. 2009

Madame Chargé d'affaires, dear American and Czech friends, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my pleasure and I am sure also the pleasure of many Czechs here today to join you in celebrating the 233rd Independence Day. All of us who have gathered here consider the relations between the Czech Republic and the United States very good, intensive and friendly.

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Notes for the 16th Summit of Presidents of Central, Eastern and Southern European states

English Pages, 19. 6. 2009

President Tadić, Mr. Prime Minister, dear colleagues, dear friends,

I would like to thank President Tadić and the whole Serbia for the invitation to come here and for the excellent organization of this summit. I am really glad to be here and to be here as President of the Czech Republic and also as the highest representative of a country that currently holds the Presidency of the European Union.

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20 Years After the Fall of Communism: A View of a Non-Neutral Insider

English Pages, 5. 6. 2009

President Kaczynski, Governor Skrzypek, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,

Thank you for the invitation and for giving me the opportunity to address this important gathering which is taking place at the moment, when Poland – together with Polish friends abroad – celebrate the 20th anniversary of its first free elections after more than forty years of communism.

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Address of the President of the Czech Republic to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Western European Union

English Pages, 2. 6. 2009

Mr. President, Members of the Parliamentary Assembly, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for the invitation and for giving me the opportunity to address this important gathering. I have to start with admitting that this is my very first visit to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Western European Union.

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Presenting the book “Planète bleue en péril vert” in Paris

English Pages, 2. 6. 2009

It is a great pleasure to be here, in this beautiful city, in this well-known club, and to have the opportunity to present the French version of my politically very incorrect book “Planète bleue en péril vert” to you and to all potential French readers of it.

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Expression of thanks from the President of the Czech Republic after the meeting with the Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta

English Pages, 31. 5. 2009

Your Highness, members of the Order,

on behalf of my wife and myself I would like to thank you for the possibility to meet with you, the highest representative of the Order of Malta, and for the friendly reception we received here. We appreciate it very much.

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Speech of the President of the Czech republic at the Eastern Partnership Summit dinner

English Pages, 7. 5. 2009

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,

Let me welcome all of you at this very special dinner organized on the occasion of the EU Eastern Partnership Summit, which has been taking place in Prague today and which I have the honour to conclude by hosting this event.

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Press Statement by the President of the Czech Republic After the Senate Vote on the Lisbon Treaty

English Pages, 7. 5. 2009

I have to start expressing my disappointment with some of the Senators who by agreeing with the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty – after an unprecedented political and media, domestic and foreign pressure – renounced the views they had publicly held until recently, and together with them also their political and civic integrity.

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Green policies = economic decline

English Pages, 6. 5. 2009

I am surprised at how so many people in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere have come to support policies underpinned by hysteria over global warming, particularly cap-and-trade legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and subsidies for "green" energy sources.

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Notes of the President of the Czech Republic for the EU – Japan Summit

English Pages, 4. 5. 2009

Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, ladies and gentlemen, let me welcome all of you in Prague at the EU-Japan 2009 summit. The Czech Republic is honored having you here. The possibility to lead and organize serious and comprehensive dialogue with you at a time of many important changes and challenges is a real pleasure for us.

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Opening Speech at the EU-US Summit

English Pages, 5. 4. 2009

Excellencies, dear friends, ladies and gentlemen,

Let me welcome you in Prague, in the capital of the Czech Republic, at the meeting of EU Heads of State and Government with President Barack Obama and his delegation.

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Notes for the NATO 2009 Summit

English Pages, 3. 4. 2009

Secretary General, Dear colleagues,

I would like first to thank both Chancellor Merkel and President Sarkozy for the innovative organization of this summit which takes place in the moment of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the North Atlantic Alliance. I am sure all of us gathered here share the view that in the past 60 years NATO has convincingly proved its importance and indispensability.

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Interview with the President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus for The Sunday Times

English Pages, 22. 3. 2009

Could you please elaborate on the “democratic deficit” you identified in the institutions of the European Union during your speech in front of the European Parliament?

I see the “democratic deficit” in a growing distance between the citizens of the EU member states and the EU political elite, as well as in the shift of decision-making from the member states capitals to Brussels.

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Europe and the ongoing financial crisis

English Pages, 16. 3. 2009

Thank you for the possibility to be with all of you here tonight because I do not very often speak in Milano. I am glad that the Istituto Bruno Leoni gave me this opportunity. I am aware that the institute plays an important role in Italy. I am also very pleased that my book “Pianeta blu, non verde”, in its Italian version, was officially launched today.

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Speech of the President of the Czech Republic at the 10th anniversary of the Czech Republic’s NATO accession

English Pages, 12. 3. 2009

Secretary General, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to welcome you here, in Rudolph's Gallery of the Prague Castle. We have gathered in this truly historic place to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the accession of our country to the North Atlantic Alliance and – at the same time – the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Alliance.

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Europe, Global Warming and the Current Economic Crisis: As Seen From Prague

English Pages, 10. 3. 2009

I would like, first of all, to express my thanks for giving me the opportunity to be here today and to address this distinguished audience. Some of you may know that this is not my first visit to the Columbia University. I was here eight years ago, in April 2001, at the invitation of Prof. Padma Desai and her Center for Transition Economies.

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No Progress in the Climate Change Debate

English Pages, 9. 3. 2009

When preparing my today’s remarks, I took into my hands – looking for an inspiration – my last year’s speech here, at the Heartland Institute’s Conference. It did not help much. It is evident that the climate change debate has not made any detectable progress and that the much needed, long overdue exchange of views has not yet started.

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Is Capitalism in Crisis?

English Pages, 7. 3. 2009

I would like to thank Paul Glenn for hosting this event and Fred Smith and his Competitive Enterprise Institute for making it happen.
This is not my first speech in Santa Barbara today. This morning I tried to convince the “green” participants of the Wall Street Journal Conference that environmentalism is a bigger threat to mankind than any, in the visible future imaginable global warming.

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Notes for Santa Barbara: “Is Environmentalism a Bigger Threat to Humanity than Global Warming?”

English Pages, 6. 3. 2009

Many thanks for the invitation to participate in this important and timely gathering of business people, economists, environmentalists and politicians. In this rather confused era, the organizing institution, the Wall Street Journal, remains one of the last pillars of reason and of healthy and so much needed stability and continuity of thoughts and attitudes.

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Speech of the President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus in the European Parliament

English Pages, 19. 2. 2009

Mr. Chairman, Members of European Parliament,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to thank you for the possibility to speak here, in the European Parliament, in one of the key institutions of the European Union. I have been here several times but never before had the opportunity to speak at a plenary session.

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Europe, Environmentalism and the Current Economic Crisis: A Contrarian View

English Pages, 11. 2. 2009

The undergoing weakening of democracy and of free markets on the European continent, connected with the European unification process, is a threatening phenomenon especially for someone who spent most of his life in a very authoritative and oppressive communist regime.

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Letter to George W. Bush

English Pages, 20. 1. 2009

Dear Mr. President,

On your last day in office, I would like to express my thanks for all your work which has contributed to strengthening the friendly relations between the United States of America and the Czech Republic.

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Do not tie the markets – free them

English Pages, 7. 1. 2009

It is a common feeling that the Czech Republic is taking over the European Union presidency at a rather complicated moment, even though almost all “moments” can eventually be called “complicated”. We should not panic and must say No to people who – by describing the current moment as the historically unique one – want only to manipulate us.

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