Texts in English

20.
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.

19.
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.

14.
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.

18.
Březen
2016

Václav Klaus: Africa, Its Historic Challenge and the Contemporary, Excessively Internationalized World

Many thanks for the invitation to visit Morocco, one of the most stable African countries, and to attend this important, truly international gathering. Many thanks for giving me the chance to address this distinguished audience, selected and put together by my good old friend Mr. Carteron and his Crans-Montana Forum colleagues.

21.
Prosinec
2015

Václav Klaus: Lech Kaczyński and Our Times

Many thanks for inviting me to participate in this important, long time overdue gathering. Thank you for organizing it.

The ten years’ anniversary of President Lech Kaczyński’s entry in the presidential office of the country he loved so much and represented so well is an excellent and much needed opportunity to commemorate his views, his political stances, his achievements, his life, and – regretfully – his sudden, tragic, and very premature death, which was and still is for many of us hard to understand and accept. 

22.
Říjen
2015

Notes for Sochi “Valdai´s Debate about Threats: The Threat Is Us”

Many thanks for your invitation. After participating in the Valdai Discussion Club in St. Petersburg in June earlier this year, this is my second opportunity to attend one of your gatherings. I have never been not only to Sochi, but – I have to confess to this audience – south of Moscow. I am glad to be here.

13.
Říjen
2015

Rhodos Speech: Future of International Development Institutions – Can Their Failures Be Even Bigger?

Many thanks for the invitation, which gave me the first opportunity to visit this beautiful island. Last time, I was in Greece at the end of June, at a conference in Athens, discussing the untenable Greek debt crisis which had developed as a consequence of this country´s voluntary entry (and continuing membership) in the European monetary union. 

29.
Září
2015

Jiří Weigl: Foundations, NGOs and the issue of partial interests and of misuse of political activism

Foundations, NGOs and non-profit organizations in general have become a real phenomenon of the modern world. Their activities cover almost all aspects of social life; they cross borders and set political agendas on all levels. Besides state institutions, business entities and traditional social structures such as family, non-profit organizations of all kinds represent a natural environment for human activities.

23.
Září
2015

Václav Klaus: Swiss Embassy Remarks about the Long-lasting European Crisis

Many thanks for the invitation. The topic you suggested is excellent both from the long-term perspective, and even more in this very moment. To speak about Europe is an almost existential topic for me as well as for many others who like me spent most of their lives in the tragic communist era, who had been – for decades – dreaming about freedom, democracy, free markets, and – last but not least – national sovereignty. 

7.
Září
2015

An Appeal of the European Citizens to their Governments and Parliaments

We, the undersigned citizens do not wish to look on in passivity, seeing our state institutions and political representatives are wasting time at this crucial hour, failing to fulfil their duty, which is – first and foremost – the defense of the security and interests of their citizens.