Once again Vaclav Klaus has exposed more of the hypocrisy and hidden agenda of the EU. It is the Czech Republic’s turn as head of the European Union yet French President Nicolas Sarkozy makes the trip to Gaza. Why might this be? Isn’t this a little like Jimmy Carter negotiating a mid east peace decades after he no longer holds any official office? Well yes actually but worse.
Sarkozy is still president of France. But his rotation at the EUSSR is over. He no longer has the right to act for the EU. However Klaus’s well known scorn for the EU which now attempts to become a superstate with political dominance over various European nations despite numerous referenda to the contrary (France Holland Ireland and soon Ireland twice) voted against a European constitution. Klaus is also very anti EU as a political force. But perhaps more to the point Vaclav is a well known supporter of Israel. For those of you who have not yet read Fjordman’s ‘Defeating Eurabia’ and for those of you who have and are seeking contemporary evidence for his assertions today saw a rather stunning data point for it.
The two parallel missions may seem like an exercise in redundancy or at the very least an embarrassing scheduling conflict. Czech Republic, which holds the rotating EU presidency for the first six months of 2009, is expected to take a lead on EU foreign policy engagements and overall policy agenda-setting. Sarkozy’s trip, therefore, flies in the face of EU protocol and is a very visible vote of non-confidence for Prague’s ability to command respect globally as the EU president.
As EU president, Czech Republic faces a number of challenges, from a resurgent Russia to a global economic crisis. Many within the EU doubt that Prague will able to handle these challenges on its own, with Sarkozy having all but directly suggested that the French term — which ended with the start of the Czech EU presidency — should be extended. Confidence in Prague’s foreign policy acumen was further dented when Schwarzenberg’s spokesman issued a statement seemingly supporting Israel’s incursion in Gaza on Jan. 2, only for the foreign ministry to withdraw it two days later as protest mounted among those EU member states that oppose Israel’s actions. Sarkozy’s trip is another blow to Prague’s confidence and could be interpreted as a direct slap in the face of the Czech EU presidency.
But lets dig a little deeper. Vaclav was already chastized by the EU for refusing to take down a Czech flag from anancient landmark in Prague and replace it with a European flag. More to the point, he removed the Euro flag and put up a Czech one.
The French president sided with federalist Euro-MPs who are engaged in a bitter feud with Vaclav Klaus, the Czech president and a Eurosceptic.
Senior MEPs, including the president of the European Parliament, Hans Gert Poettering, caused a diplomatic incident ten days ago after demanding that Mr Klaus hoist the European flag over his residence during bad tempered talks in Prague.
“It was a wound, it was an outrage to see that flags had been taken down from public buildings,” said President Sarkozy, the current holder of the EU’s six-month rotating presidency which he hands over to the Czech Republic in January.
“Mr Poettering can count on the full support of the French president.”
Karel Schwarzenberg, the Czech foreign minister, hit back as the diplomatic war of words between Paris and Prague threatened to overshadow the smooth transfer of the EU presidency.
“There is no law binding the Czech Republic to hang the EU flag over Prague Castle. Prague Castle is a symbol of the Czech state and not the EU,” he said.
“It is not up to the head of another state to criticise the Czech president over flags.”
A statement from the office of Mr Klaus said: “The Castle is a symbol of Czech statehood. There is no reason to change this historic tradition.”
So we see, Klaus has the temerity to not be fully on side and sacrifice his own ideals history and knowledge of right and wrong in favor of a greater Europe. A greater Europe represented by an agency which clearly has an agenda Vaclav is not comfortable with. One which sides with Islamic states even when the entirety of western history and our collective sense of law right and wrong and even military conventions are four square on side with the Israeli position with respect to the expeditions in Gaza. The EU seeks to embarrass its own president when his attitudes run against what looks more and more like a Eurabian agenda. I hope Ireland is watching as they are being asked to vote again on the EU constitution. They should know that a yes vote will mean that even when it’s Irelands turn to lead the EU should they act in Irish interests however they may see them, they will be disenfranchised.