Thursday, 15 October 2009

EU Lisbon Treaty: Czech or European solution?

On this blog, we have expressed some doubts about the robustness of the Czech constitutional system, in plain crisis. In the European Voice, Adam Drda adds his observations on how president Vaclav Klaus is stoking up irrational fears and pulling the Czech political scene apart.


Czech Commissioner

According to Czech Happenings, the Parliament has heard the candidates put forward by the political parties to become the Czech member of the EU Commission.


With the Commission’s term of office ending 31 October 2009, the Czech constitutional crisis concerns all EU member states. We do not know if every member state will get a Commissioner under the Lisbon Treaty, or if a reduced Commission must be appointed according to the Treaty of Nice.


“Unconstitutional behaviour”

Czech News reports on a short demonstration, ended by the police, against the “unconstitutional behaviour” of president Vaclav Klaus.

Jiri Priban, an expert in EU law, is quoted as saying that Klaus obviously exceeds his competences.


Klaus portrait

In The Guardian, Europe editor Ian Traynor paints a portrait of president Vaclav Klaus, on a quest to stop Europe in its tracks.


Spurious claims

Andrew Duff MEP, in an op-ed piece in The Financial Times, discusses the substance of the fears Klaus has expressed about the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: spurious.


Irish Commissioner

The Irish Times notes the uncertainty caused by president Klaus’ posturing, but encourages the government to nominate a strong Irish figure for the EU Commission.


Posturing Klaus

The FT Brussels blog 14 October 2009 linked to an editorial, which picked Klaus’ posturing apart in no uncertain terms.


Trying times

These are trying times for Czech intellectuals, who see beyond the borders of their country. The Between Brussels and Gazprom blog offers two insights into the dilemma: “Vaclav and Goliath” and “Czechs are not Klaus”.


Moscow nights

The 15 October 2009 press survey of Czech Happenings highlights president Klaus enjoying his visit to Moscow, one of the few capitals where he is welcome.


Two fateful weeks

Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer has a tough job, ahead of the European Council on 29 to 30 October 2009. In two weeks the Czech constitutional system should be able to put its house in order.

If the Czech Republic fails, it forces the member states of the European Union to take responsibility for the European project, with the remaining forces.

Ralf Grahn