Source Pravda.Ru

Czech Premier critisizes President's ideas about integration

Czech Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek characterized the ideas of President Vaclav Klaus about the European integration queer, saying they meant lack of development in Europe after the World War II.

In an article about the priorities of the Czech Republic's foreign policy published in the daily Pravo on Thursday, Paroubek wrote that his government was planning to launch a campaign later this year to explain the benefits that the country's membership in the European Union brings to people and to the state itself.

Although Paroubek did not name the president in his article, he said he wanted "to show that the bizarre idea of the Organization of European States is what it is: an attempted denial of postwar development in Europe."

Klaus has repeatedly said that the European Union should be replaced with a loose organization of European states after the 25-nation bloc's proposed constitution was rejected by French and Dutch voters. He said the different EU could be called "Organization of European States."

While Klaus is not against his country's membership in the EU, he says that an idea of creating what he calls the "State of Europe," or a single European state, has to be abandoned.

Paroubek has criticized the president for failing to keep in line with the government's policy in favor of the European Union and its constitution, and earlier this year threatened to cancel some of the president's foreign trips, the AP reports.

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