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19th Jul 2019

Czech President opposes EU Constitution

  • VACLAV KLAUS - the Czech President has criticised the European Constitution saying it will create a single state (Photo: thesetides.com)

The President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus, known for his eurosceptic outlook, believes that the draft EU Constitution supports the rise of a European superstate - leaving the Czech Republic with little influence.

In an article published on Monday in the Mladá fronta Dnes newspaper, Mr Klaus says that with the adoption of the European Constitution "there will no longer be any sovereign states with their fully-fledged governments and parliaments representing people's interests, but a single state will be set up".

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"Many European governments (including our government, particularly the Foreign Ministry) create the impression that the debate is exclusively about disputes over the relative representation of particular countries in various Union institutions", Mr Klaus wrote, criticizing the representatives of Mr Spidla's government in the European Convention.

"Do not let us be silent by criticism that we are against Europe. We are against a European superstate, but we are strongly for a reasonably integrated, free and productive Europe", the Czech President concluded in his article.

Vaclav Klaus will participate in the opening of the Intergovernmental conference on Saturday 4 October in Rome, where heads of state and government will have a final say on the shape of the treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe.

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