Texts in English

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Prosinec
2016

Václav Klaus: A Few Remarks on the Brexit and Trump Victories - As Seen from Central Europe

I always try to be straightforward and avoid understatements – I call both Brexit and Trump victories. And I will try to use this opportunity to say why.

A. I don´t look at the world from a distant planet, I look at it from Central Europe, from Prague. This is Europe, this is geographically the heart of Europe, but this is a part of Europe with a valuable and instructive history and experience.

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Listopad
2016

The Václav Klaus Institute Statement on Donald Trump´s Victory

We welcome the result of the U.S. Presidential elections with great joy. We are convinced it is a good result for America, Europe, the West as well as the Czech Republic. It is a good result for the whole world. We dare say that we are also among the winners and we are proud of it.

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Listopad
2016

Václav Klaus: Prince Michael and the Spirit of Liberal Liechtenstein

The Principality of Liechtenstein manages to survive the world-wide process of internationalization and globalization of all kinds of human activities as a small but – as compared to the rest of Europe – liberal island of reason. It does it in spite of, or perhaps thanks to, its aristocratic, if not feudal state structure. The undisputed and undisputable fact of its liberal orientation has many reasons and possible explanations.

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Listopad
2016

Václav Klaus: The European Freedom Award in the Freedom Endangering European Union

Many thanks for bringing me to Stockholm and for conferring upon me the European Freedom Award. I am really honoured, because the growing loss of freedom is my main concern. Let me express my gratitude to the Institute for Direct Democracy in Europe, to its General Manager Laure Ferrari, to its Vice-President Peter Lundgren and to all of you for choosing me to be the very first laureate of this award.

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Září
2016

Václav Klaus: Notes for Rhodes - Is the Title of the Panel Helpful and Meaningful?

1. The Island of Rhodes has been a symbol of building bridges for centuries and millennia. The island used to be a bridge between Europe and Asia (or at least Middle East) already thousands years ago. Being here gives us a good inspiration for discussing the ever-recurring issue of bridging gaps or differences between cultures and civilizations.

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Září
2016

Václav Klaus: Did Brexit Enhance the Chances for a Much Needed Change in Europe?

Many thanks for the invitation. It is a great pleasure and honour to be here, in Helsinki, and in this country, after more than a decade. I was here last time on a formal state visit in 2005.

It was a good and all of us enriching idea of the Boris Mints Institute to bring us here, close to the borders between the EU and Russia and to let us see Europe from a slightly different perspective.

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Červen
2016

Václav Klaus Institute's statement on the so-called Brexit

The British referendum on the Great Britain's exit from the European Union has been highly controversial and a subject of widespread manipulations by politicians and media. "Objectivists" say this has been done on both sides, which is not true. Only a government can manipulate people.

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Květen
2016

Václav Klaus: Israel and the Global Geopolitical System - Shifting Alliances and Policy Challenges: A View from Central Europe

Many thanks for the invitation to participate in today´s symposium. When I, as someone from a small Central European, ex-Communist, now EU member state country, looked at its title, I didn´t feel I was the right person to speak here, to speak about both Israel and global geopolitics.

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Květen
2016

Václav Klaus: The Refugee Global Challenge (and Its European Specifics)

The world has been used for centuries to the phenomenon of individual migration, e.g. to the movements of individuals across the borders of countries as well as broader cultural, civilizational and religious regions or areas. It used to be a nuisance or a complication at most, sometimes an enrichment. Such migration has only very rarely become a fundamental destabilizing problem for countries which became the chosen destination of migrants.

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Duben
2016

Václav Klaus: Migration, Not Labor Markets, is the Issue of the Current Era

Thank you for inviting me to attend this conference and for giving me a chance to speak here. I am most honored by it. I was here, in the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, only once before – it was four years ago, in January 2012. I spoke at the conference entitled “Economies in Transition – 20 Years After” which was devoted to the debate about economic transformation in countries of Central and Eastern Europe and in ex-Soviet Union countries in the era after the fall of communism.