Päivitys: Huomaa että Klaus kertoo haastatelussaan saaneen kansalaisiltaan positiivista palautetta 20 kertaa enemmän kuin negatiiviista. Hän toteaa siis että yleinen mielipide ei ole alarmismin kannalla.
Czech leader condemns environmentalism as the new communism
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A fervent critic of the environmental movement, he has called global warming a dangerous "myth," arguing that the fight against climate change threatens economic growth.
Perhaps his greatest ire has been reserved for the European Union. In 2005, he called for it to be "scrapped." Now, he is a vocal opponent of the Lisbon Treaty, which aims to help Europe become more of an international player, but which he argues will strip countries of sovereignty.
On a state visit to Ireland this month, Klaus incensed the government and annoyed many in his own country by publicly praising Declan Ganley, a businessman and political activist who was influential in persuading a majority of Irish voters in June to reject the treaty.
Tässä vuorostaan huonoja uutisia eli miten eräät harvinaisen röyhkeät europarlamentaarikot kohtelevat EU-jäsenmaan presidenttiä joka rohkenee olla eri mieltä EU:n perustulaista, ilmastonmuutoksesta ja koko EU:n tarpeellisudestakin. (lähde: indymedia irlanti)
Excerpts from the meeting between Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic, and members of the Conference of the Presidents of the European Parliament, Friday 5 December 2008, Prague Castle:
Daniel Cohn-Bendit MEP: I brought you a flag, which - as we heard - you have everywhere here at the Prague Castle. It is the flag of the European Union, so I will place it here in front of you.
It will be a tough Presidency. The Czech Republic will have to deal with the work directive and climate package. EU climate package represents less than what our fraction would wish for. It will be necessary to hold on to the minimum of that. I am certain that the climate change represents not only a risk, but also a danger for the future development of the planet. My view is based on scientific views and majority approval of the EP and I know you disagree with me. You can believe what you want, I don’t believe, I know that global warming is a reality.
Lisbon Treaty - I don’t care about your opinions on it. I want to know what you are going to do if the Czech Chamber of Deputies and the Senate approve it. Will you respect the will of the representatives of the people? You will have to sign it.
I want you to explain to me what is the level of your friendship with Mr Ganley from Ireland. How can you meet a person whose funding is unclear? You are not supposed to meet him in your function. It is a man whose finances come from problematic sources and he wants to use them to be funding his election campaign into the EP.
President Vaclav Klaus: I must say that nobody has talked to me in such a style and tone for the past 6 years. You are not on the barricades in Paris here. I thought that these manners ended for us 18 years ago but I see I was wrong. I would not dare to ask how the activities of the Greens are funded. If you are concerned about a rational discussion in this half an hour, which we have, please give the floor to someone else, Mr Chairman.
EU Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering: No, we have plenty of time. My colleague will continue, because anyone from the members of the EP can ask you whatever he likes. (to Cohn-Bendit:) Please continue.
President Vaclav Klaus: This is incredible. I have never experienced anything like this before.
Daniel Cohn-Bendit: Because you have not experienced me…
President Vaclav Klaus: This is incredible.
(lue koko juttu tästä ) mm miten samat mepit halveksuvat Irlannin EI-äänestystulosta.
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How dare Brian Crowley lecture President Vaclav Klaus! The Irish people said NO to the Lisbon treaty, the Irish government ratified it! THIS IS NOT DEMOCRATIC.