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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408187647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408187647
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 609,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vaclav Klaus is the second President of the Czech Republic.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David on 28 Dec. 2012
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Whether or not you consider you agree with the thoughts of Czech President Vaclav Klaus, you will find this a very readable book. Vaclav Klaus makes his own analysis of the development of the European Union and you will find your own thoughts on the current state of affairs in Europe enhanced by testing them against those of Mr. Klaus. Thank you Mr Klaus for taking the time to write this topical book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pieter VDM on 2 Jun. 2013
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As president of the Czech Republic, Mr Vaclav Klaus is well positioned to opinion on the current European Union. Unlike his peers, he dares to speak up against the lack of democracy within the EU structure (non-elected European Commissioners, denial of the popular vote during referenda in France, Netherlands, Ireland,...) and the more federal structure of the EU. Currently, Europe is drifting away from the original European Economic Community, which was set up to promote free trade and organised as a confederation of indepedent nation states. By now, flag plus anthem and above all, a true constitution (excluding any reference to its Christian heritage) make it truly look like a supranational organisation eagerly wanting to be a full-blown state. The recent euro crisis shows that moving forward, it is better to revitalize the current member states of the EU rather than to promote a superstate, the latter not able to cope with the different national preferences (socially, politically, economically) and offering little or no economies of scale. A well received warning from Mr Klaus to prevent a victory of transnational progressivism over the democratic nation state.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on 30 Jan. 2015
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Václav Klaus has been President of the Czech Republic since 2003. He was part of that generation of politicians who failed to keep Czechoslovakia united, who gave in to Slovak separatism. He was Prime Minister of the Czech Republic from 1992 to 1997, when he was responsible for the Czech application to join the EU. He signed the Lisbon Treaty. Klaus' Civic Democratic Party `explained that we cannot stay outside the integration project, but that it is our duty to take part in it ...' So whatever he writes, he has in practice consistently acted against his country's interests and its national sovereignty.

The EU is not a Europe of states, but a new state, a Union of regions not nations. An EU map famously showed England, Wales and Scotland, but not Britain. The EU Constitution took it `towards an irrevocable dominance of pan-European authorities and institutions over the national authorities and institutions'.

Klaus notes, "Political elites have always known that the shift in decision-making from the national to the supranational level weakens the traditional democratic mechanisms (that are inseparable from the existence of a nation state) and this increases their power in a radical way." And he is right that "the European Union is headed precisely in the direction of taking control of our national budgets and hence taking control of our nations." He writes that people "should not succumb to illusions that somebody else will take care of us better than ourselves."

Klaus cites G. K. Chesterton, who wrote, "to condemn patriotism because people go to war for patriotic reasons, is like condemning love because some loves lead to murder ...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Alcock on 13 Dec. 2012
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This proves beyond any doubt that the UK is falling into a federal trap where countries as we know them now will not exist in the distant future. We will all be in regions with new names.
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