The Voice of Reason
Posted by Exile on February 21, 2009
In his latest diatribe, this time before the European Parliament on Thursday, President Klaus, whose country assumed the rotating EU helm in January from France, branded the organisation an undemocratic and elitist project comparable to Soviet-era dictatorships that forbade free thought.
“Not so long ago,” Mr Klaus thundered, “in our part of Europe we lived in a political system that permitted no alternatives and therefore also no parliamentary opposition. We learned the bitter lesson that with no opposition, there is no freedom.”
It doesn’t get much better than that.
Of course there are those who see it somewhat differently than Mr. Klaus and I:
Lawmakers were aghast at Mr Klaus’s attempt to compare the EU to the Soviet bloc. “Mr Klaus outlined a completely twisted and manipulated view of European reality,” said Daniel Cohn-Bendit, leader of the Greens. “To seriously compare the decision-making process in the EU with that of the Soviet Union indicates that the man has lost all touch with reality.”
Just who these “lawmakers” are is anybody’s guess. In my humble opinion it is they that have lost touch with, if not reality, then the people of Europe. Quite frankly, Brussels is looking more like a communist Moscow copy job on a daily basis.
Perhaps I should let the Timesonline have the last word Here. They put it better than I could and I agree with the sentiments reflected there:
While deeply unpopular in EU circles, Mr Klaus strikes a deep chord in some member states where citizens fear European plans to share more powers come at the cost of national sovereignty. He has refused to fly the EU flag over his official seat in Prague during the Czech presidency, saying the country is not an EU province.