Lisbon Treaty

Klaus and the Lisbon Treaty: No Need to Hurry

By on 10.16.09 | 6:45AM

While Britain will be a huge beneficiary if Czech President Vaclav Klaus delays ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and allows for a UK referendum, Klaus's defiant stance is one driven by care for the Czech Republic whose best interests he does and should have at heart.

David Cameron, leader of the British Conservative Party -- tipped by the polls to become Britain's next Prime Minister by next June at the latest -- has pledged to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty if it is not ratified before the next UK general election. President Klaus has practically taken on mythical status among British EU-skeptics since a referendum on Lisbon is a sure-fire way to kick-start the renegotiation of Britain's unsatisfactory relationship with the European Union.

Special Report

Now That Ireland Has Caved

By 10.5.09

The Lisbon Treaty brigade will still have to wait until the fat (Czech) lady sings -- and watch out if David Cameron becomes Prime Minister.

Special Report

Brezhnev in Dublin

By 8.18.09

Voting until they get it right in the European Union.

Special Report

Exceptionally Neutral

By 6.4.09

Ireland, Europe, and the second Lisbon referendum.

At Large

Klaus Encounters

By 5.11.09

Only the Czech president and the Irish people stand between popular sovereignty and further unaccountable rule from Brussels.