Saturday, Oct 17th, 2009
The European Union’s Lisbon reform treaty has progressed too far to stop, Czech President Vaclav Klaus, the bloc’s sole remaining leader to sign the document, said in a newspaper interview on Saturday.
The staunch eurosceptic stunned the 27-member bloc this month when he demanded an opt-out clause to shield the Czech Republic from property claims from ethnic Germans expelled from the country after World War Two.
But on Saturday, he told Lidove Noviny that, despite his continued opposition to the charter, it was too late to stop it.
“I do not consider the Lisbon Treaty to be a good thing for Europe, for the freedom of Europe, or for the Czech Republic,” Klaus told Lidove Noviny.