Czech Republic Dithers Over Lisbon Treaty

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?

  • Lubos Motl

    The comments that the EU only makes things better and human rights stronger and blah blah blah remind me of the communist propaganda about socialism being the best form of democracy.

    Every regulation or additional law has some advantages and some disadvantages, and according to our perspective, most of the additional regulations by the EU have mostly disadvantages.

    At any rate, as long as the basic pillars of democracy are preserved, there must be an open discussion and political confrontation about each of them, rather than brainwashing and attempts to label everyone who disagrees with a new regulation as a heretic or politically incorrect dissident.

    I agree that the EU doesn’t have much choice than to have the Czech Republic, which was always a part of the major structures and defines the very center of the continent, to be a member – even though, hypothetically, of course that it is possible to think about a different setup.

    But there are thousands of ways how the EU can actually look like in the future, and attempts of certain people to pretend that there only exists one possible decision for each question should be identified as dangerous totalitarianism and all decent citizens of the continent should do their best to fight against this carcinogenic tendency.

  • Fred Stopsky

    Exactly how does the EU foster authoritarianism?