Právo - Czech Republic | Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Jiří Pehe on Prague's silence in the euro crisis
While Europe is going through one of the most dramatic moments in its post-war history it seems no one in Prague could care less, political scientist Jiří Pehe writes in the daily Právo criticising the Czech Republics silence in the euro crisis: "President Klaus has an explanation ready: Europe is controlled by Sarkozy and Merkel and no one is asking us for our opinion. This begs the question: Why not? Because there is no clear policy in our relations with Europe. What is Europe supposed to think of the fact that there are two permanent secretaries for Europe, one pro-European and the other not so pro-European. Who is Europe supposed to ask for their opinion in Prague? ... Moreover the Europhobia of president Klaus is not a platform for constructive debate. Poland's foreign minister Radosław Sikorski demonstrated in Berlin recently that all EU states have something to say. ... Let's just hope that in future no one complains with typical Czech huffiness that once again decisions have been made 'for us and over our heads', because this time it's our own fault."
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