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Detest thy neighbour

Poles would do anything for a dime. Lithuanians are no better. They all keep together and rarely integrate. Romanians try to blend-in, but you let one of the in, and next month fifteen more would come. And Slovaks? You wouldn’t trust anybody with such name, whoever-the-hell it is. Most of them do not want to… » read more

Posted by Radovan Geist

European nationalists are uniting – however paradoxical that might seem, they are building a coalition to crush the “Brussels monster”. The alliance created by French National Front and Dutch Party for Freedom wants to grab powers back from Brussels to national capitals and is open to other parties with similar agenda – from British UKIP,… » read more

Posted by Radovan Geist

Moral of Dzurinda´s story

„Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico’s chances of winning a June 12 general election rose on Monday when his main rival, center-right ex-premier Mikulas Dzurinda, pulled out over accusations of money laundering“, writes Reuters, and repeats Financial Times, EurActiv.com and couple of others. In fact that might not be the case. Not that Mr Fico would… » read more

Posted by Radovan Geist

When Leopold I. Habsburg in 1861 allowed Protestants in Hungary to build their own churches, he could not expect that he would have such brave followers. But now, it´s not the conflict between Catholics and Protestants, which tears Europe (unless we subscribe to highly unsustainable rationalisation of the conflict on the north-western periphery of our… » read more

Posted by Radovan Geist

Mr Turk in his blog-post on Nobel Peace Price writes: “They do not give Oscars for promises of good movies”. Rightly said; President Obama won that price mostly for what he promises (to be more precise – what the awarding committee believes, he promises) to the world peace, not for what he´d done. I say… » read more

Posted by Radovan Geist

Ghosts from the past

The Czech president has finally showed his cards. He will not ratify the Lisbon Treaty, unless the Czech Republic gets opt-out from the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The official reason – Klaus believes that the Charter will give the Sudeten Germans the opportunity to claim back the properties they have lost after being forcefully “resettled”… » read more

Posted by Radovan Geist

Hail the King!

Hardly any European politician could claim that the future of the European integration rests upon his single-handed, personal decision. For now, Czech president could. (Let´s suppose that his Polish counterpart stands by his word and signs the Lisbon Treaty after positive Irish referendum). If the Lisbon Treaty creates the post of the EU President, elected… » read more

Posted by Radovan Geist

Eight miserable years

The attacks from the 11th September could have been remembered “only” as a great human tragedy; an opportunity to commemorate innocent victims of senseless violence, citizens’ solidarity which made heroes from “ordinary people”. But the way these horrific events were misused by some governments leaves a bitter taste. Official (from “Western” point of view) interpretation… » read more

Posted by Radovan Geist

This week will be important not only for the Lisbon Treaty, or future of institutional reform, but for the European integration process as we know it. Few would argue that the EU could go for long with its current institutional settings and policies. For those who think that the post-war European integration was an important… » read more

Posted by Radovan Geist