Final Word from Wednesday, April 28, 2004

In one breath, Václav Klaus says EU entry is the CR's natural destiny, but in the next he says the EU is a much-different organization from the one he'd like to be part of. He told Handelsblatt that the new EU members won't be in a position to change things after they join. As we've mentioned before, Klaus might be preparing the CR for saying No to the new EU constitution, either in a referendum or a presidential veto. The international press has begun to address the question of what happens to countries that say No. The Economist noted that no one knows the answer but that the naysayers, if there are just a few, would likely be asked to vote again. If they insisted on rejecting more European federalism, The Economist added, they might eventually have to choose whether they want to be in or out of the EU. Is Klaus perhaps planning this many moves in advance?


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