Czech President Vaclav Klaus (left) and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hold a press conference in Barvikha, outside Moscow. Klaus said he would not drop objections to the European Union’s Lisbon reform treaty, despite mounting pressure from EU leaders to sign. (AFP/Natalia Kolesnikova)
There?s a ?normal? path for a fiscal crisis. Some vulnerabilities build up. An external shock tips things over the edge. The country struggles along for a while but eventually refinancing or rollover risk forces the issue: new debt can?t be sold and the Impossible Missions Force is the only available lender. An ugly but usually effective correction takes place and eventually access to capital markets resumes. Of course there are exceptions but that?s the broad outline and some 2009 crisis countries may already over the worst. Then there?s Ireland.
The Czech government is ready to accept President Václav Klaus‘ demand that exceptions to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union be negotiated with the EU. In return Klaus is to sign the ratification document for the Treaty of Lisbon as soon as possible. With his exemption clause Klaus is demanding guarantees for the Bene? Decrees, on the basis of which the Sudeten Germans were collectively disappropriated after World War II.
Following his meeting with Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso spoke of the need to ?find a solution for the issues not yet clarified internally? in the Czech Republic.
It is no exaggeration to call it a constitutional crisis: President Vaclav Klaus has caught the Czech government and parliament by surprise by issuing new demands for signing the ratification instrument for the Lisbon Treaty, he squarely opposes the authority of the government and parliament, and his collusion with internal opponents and foreign politicians undermines faith in the democratic institutions of the Czech Republic.
I will not sign Lisbon Treaty, says Czech president Vaclav Klaus, according to Times Online.
Extended legal challenge
Jiri Oberfalzer and 16 other Czech senators, defeated in the democratic arena and already partially in the Czech Constitutional Court, intend to extend their request. The precise comments will be revealed only after the new challenge has been deposited, reports Czech Happenings.
Since the EUSSR is a favourite dystopian expression for the European Union among supporters of Czech president Vaclav Klaus, let us take a look through the prism of George Orwell?s ?Animal Farm?.
We already know that during the negotiations leading to the Lisbon Treaty, the United Kingdom and Poland negotiated exemptions from the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union.
The Council of Europe and the European Union work to eradicate the death penalty, elsewhere as already in Europe.
As a reminder this Saturday, 10 October 2009, the World Day Against the Death Penalty, the joint statement by these European organisations:
Here are some news and comments about the Czech constitutional crisis, caused by President Vaclav Klaus? refusal to sign the ratification instrument of the EU?s Treaty of Lisbon.
First a general reference to the copious information about the Lisbon Treaty, including the ratification process, among the 1,300 plus posts on this blog. Look for the latest in the side bar, or use the search function for older entries.
The speeches, actions and possible further obstruction by Czech President Vaclav Klaus with regard to the amending Treaty of Lisbon of the European Union give rise to two important questions.
The questions are linked, but one concerns the Czech Republic, the other one the EU and its member states.
Dutch MP Geert Wilders won an appeal lifting his travel ban to the United Kingdom. He was barred from entering the country after British officials deemed him a risk to the public order. Wilders, who wants to ban the Koran, called the reversal a victory for free speech.
Five numbers that suggest Bosnia is becoming a failed state.