Vaclav Klaus cede
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O Presidente da República Checa, Vaclav Klaus, foi derrotado e, na falta de aliados, deu a entender que irá assinar, finalmente para muitos, o Tratado de Lisboa durante o próximo fim de semana — embora continue a afirmar que é contra ó mesmo e continua a tentar adicionar uma nota final ao tratado, o que não deve acontecer devido ao precedente que seria aberto. A hesitação do Presidente, segundo muitos analistas, foi o último contratempo que o tratado teve, como escreve a Der Spiegel:
President Vaclav Klaus finally ran out of allies. For much of the year, the European Union’s most famous detractor could point to Ireland as an excuse for not signing the Lisbon Treaty. But then the Irish backed the reform agreement in a referendum. At a party conference earlier this month British conservatives briefly paid lip service to that nation’s Euro-skeptics, posing as David to the EU Goliath by suggesting a referendum on the subject if they got into power — but it quickly became clear that their strategy was tenuous at best. Even Polish President Lech Kaczynski signed the Lisbon Treaty earlier in October.
[…] He reiterated that he doesn’t think the Lisbon Treaty — which will revamp the way the 27-member club makes decisions, strengthen the EU’s role on the world stage and create the position of EU president — is good for Europe. He indicated he would sign it anyway.
Klaus is still seeking to get a footnote added to the treaty which guarantees the validity of the Benes Decrees, a set of laws which provided for the expulsion of millions of Germans and Hungarians following the end of World War II. Klaus has said he is concerned that the human rights guarantees in the Lisbon Treaty could result in lawsuits from families of expellees seeking to regain ownership of lands now in the Czech Republic.