All member states of the European Union, but the Czech Republic, have voted on acceptance of the Lisbon Treaty with only Ireland saying, ‘no.” The Czech Republic has emerged as number one procrastinator of Europe by dithering around issues of sovereignty. President Klaus opposes the agreement claiming it infringes on “our national sovereignty and the rights of each individual.” Of course, the European Union has extended human rights by insisting all members adhere to basic human rights standards, but to Klaus who regards himself as the defender of free enterprise, any reasonable effort to control the greed of business people is an infringement on their rights to abuse society.
If the Czech Republic High Court accepts the Lisbon Treaty as consistent with the nation’s constitution, it is clear there is sufficient numbers in the legislature to pass the Lisbon Treaty over any veto by Klaus. The options facing the Czech Republic are clear, become an active member of the European Union or trying going it alone. The only alternative to the EU is Russia. Is that the choice Mr. Klaus wishes to make?