What is plan B of the Czech government in relation to the European Union?

2012-02-22 On the eve of the EU summit scheduled for March1st-2nd, 2012, Prime Minister Petr Nečas plans to visit Great Britain and meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Evidently, the Czech government intends to discuss the EU fiscal treaty which is to be signed at this EU summit.

  • On the eve of the EU summit scheduled for March1st-2nd, 2012,  Prime Minister Petr Nečas plans to visit Great Britain and meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Evidently, the Czech government intends to discuss the EU fiscal treaty which is to be signed at this EU summit.
  •  As we know, the governments of Great Britain and the Czech Republic share a negative stance on the fiscal treaty.  While the British arguments against the treaty stem from the historically complicated and unique position of Great Britain in the EU, the negative stance of the Czech Republic is less clear, more difficult to justify, and appears to be more for show. 
  • Moreover, the Czech government is more or less divided over this issue.  Coalition party TOP 09, represented by Ministers Schwarzenberg and Kalousek, supports Czech accession to the treaty, while the ODS party headed by Prime Minister Nečas does not. 
  • In this situation, it is difficult to understand what would motivate the Czech Prime Minister to place the CR in the position of sole ally to the British government in its opposition to the Treaty.  In the eyes of other European partners, this pose is embarrassing if not ridiculous, especially if we take into account the rest of the European policies of the Nečas government, which are marked the absence or vagueness of a Czech stance on fundamental European problems, particularly with regard to resolving the current EU financial and economic crisis. 
  • Instead of clearly defining Czech interests in the EU and seeking suitable allies in EU member states with similar interests, the Czech government and its Prime Minister is playing idiot suck up to the interests of Great Britain, whose position and role in Europe is diametrically opposed to the Czech position. 
  • Just a short time ago, Prime Minister Nečas hailed neighboring Poland as an exemplary country which defended its national interests within the EU and which could serve as a model for the CR.  This was accomplished partially through the Visegrad countries, which in some respects were able to formulate and defend their common interests within the EU. 
  • All the greater then was the surprise and disappointment of our Visegrad partners from the sudden Czech retreat from the consensus V-4 position concerning proposed EU financing for 2014-2020.  The CR began to call for EU budget reductions due to necessary EU austerity measures, which would also mean a significant reduction in European subsidies to V-4 countries.  This is just another example of the political unreliability of the CR as a partner, which has weakened and isolated the Czech position within the Union.
  •  Prime Minister Nečas, and in turn the CR, now appear to be lackeys of Great Britain in the eyes of Europe, and the CR can forget about any semblance of a good reputation in the EU.  In a relatively short period of time, the undignified actions of the Nečas government have managed to negate all of the goodwill we had been able to generate since our entry into the EU in 2004.
  •  As a result of the posturing of our right-wing government, the CR now finds the reputation of its foreign policy at its lowest point.   So what exactly is the alternative plan of the government?  If we do not want to take part in European integration, what is plan B?  I ask you Prime Minister Nečas and the Czech government, Quo vadis? 

     

    Lubomír Zaorálek, Vice-Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies and ČSSD

 

 

 

 

 

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