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Europe: The Shattering of Illusions [Hardcover]

Vaclav Klaus
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27 Sep 2012
Vaclav Klaus is President of the Czech Republic. He hit the headlines most recently by refusing, like David Cameron, to sign up to the deal to bail out the Greek Government. In this new book, President Klaus examines the uneasy Europe of today, without illusions or personal attacks, but with a mercilessly realistic view of the system that Europe has created in the last half century. He examines the benefits of integrating the continent in strictly economic terms and explains the tragic flaw in the original plan to do so. They feared the consequences of nationalism and wanted to work for transcontinental unity. Klaus argues that the present situation is unstable and unsustainable. The President proposes a transformation of both the socio-economic system and the integration model of European unity, turning back to the market economy and a more realistic cooperation between European states.

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum (27 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408187647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408187647
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,296 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading 28 Dec 2012
By David
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Federal Trap 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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