Skip to main content

Why did they join the Union, anyway?

Czechs against continued ratification of EU constitution

19.08.2005 - 09:20 CET | By Lucia Kubosova Most Czechs oppose the continuation of the EU constitution’s ratification, a new poll has suggested.

The Czech republic has put off its plans for the referendum on the new treaty after its rejection by French and Dutch voters earlier this summer.

Around 40 percent of the respondents to the latest survey by an independent STEM agency claimed they were against the document’s revival, while only 25 percent said the opposite, Czech news agency CTK reports.

The poll also showed higher support among citizens with a lower level of education for completing stopping the ratification marathon, while Czechs with university degrees tend to call for the process to carry on.

Although the constitution can only come into force if all EU member states ratify it – Czech supporters of continued ratification argue that citizens from all the countries should get a chance to express their voice.

Prague has joined several other capitals that have delayed or frozen their plans to hold a referendum on the new treaty, such as London, Dublin and Copenhagen.

The move is in line with a decision by EU leaders in June calling for "a pause for reflection" and scrapping the original November 2006 ratification deadline.

The Czech prime minister said after the summit that the referendum in his country would be postponed until the end of 2006 or beginning of 2007 depending on the political situation.

Twelve countries have so far ratified the treaty: Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain, with Germany expecting the final signature by its president.

High-profile constitution battles in Prague
While Czech citizens would currently reject the constitution in a referendum, according to recent polls, the country’s leaders are sticking to their opposing views on the document.

Czech president Vaclav Klaus, a well-known opponent of deepening EU integration and the new treaty in particular, has recently suggested the bloc should be transformed into a new "Organisation of European States", which would lead to a union of states, not citizens as is proposed by the adopted constitution.

On the other hand, prime minister Jiri Paroubek argues Mr Klaus’ ideas and his push for purely free market-oriented body would mean a step back for Europe.

The row between the two had previously lead to a warning from the social democrat cabinet leader the president’s official trips abroad would be cut down because of the ideas he was presenting as the head of the Czech Republic.

But the two leaders later agreed on how to present their views abroad - differentiating between their personal views and the country's official positions.


Popular posts from this blog

Why the trees disappeared from Sacred Island of Malta...

Yes, folks. Malta was full of trees. It is reported in history books by many travelers that heralded to our shores, some willingly, like Al Himyari (, others accidentally, like St. Paul, the bearded chap in robes, you remember him? They all reported on how green the island was, covered with woods, and inhabited by a relentless humanoid species, which our patron saint aptly referred to as Barbarians (grazzi ta Sur San Pawl, ey!).

In the year 6,250BC, in Bir Lonzu, limits of where today we have Bubaqra, at the time when there was a temple construction boom (yes, it started much earlier...), Dudu and Duda, with their little boy Dudinu, started cutting trees, more and more...

Until there were NONE left... or almost...

Dudinu grew and formed the Malta Logging Company, that boomed for some time but went in liquidation, centuries later as the last Balluta tree fell over Sciberras Hill, in circa 1530AD. And do you want to know the latest? Why was the…

Another mask, anyone?

POEM Our precious soil,betrays our innocence

How many more
Must perish
Souring over our barren land?
Undeserving of so precious
We are!
Of so graceful

...they adorn our skies
and cry their last desperate
for the bigotry of its inhabitants
and their bizarre gods
of gore and limestone
and euro
of smoky, petrified
as they kneel in front
of HE
whom they claim
to adore.

How many more
Must perish
Souring over our barren land?

As the exchequer squambles over another excuse
With his peers
He jokes over how great he is
In his infinite wisdom
And his children look for
A morrow where feathers are
Nothing but Exhibits in classroom books
Hailing from days gone by...

And deep within each soil granule
So miniscule, insignificant
Lies the blood of them...

The souring angels,
Up above...

Ray de Bono
9th March 2010
He/she who wants to understand, let him/her understand... ..................................................................
Written upon reading: http://w…

Moody Days

I Wonder

When it is my turn to die,
Will I ponder on my days afar?
Will I yearn for your arms and cry?

When it is my turn to die,
Will I despair in a lonely chill?
Will I hold your hands in mine?

When it is my turn to die,
Will I close my eyes and sigh?
Will lost loved ones linger on the other side?

Ray de Bono