: Speech given on 3 May 2012 to the Bruges Group on Europe by Václav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic
Václav Klaus is the President of the Czech Republic. Shortly after Czechoslovakia became free from communism he became Prime Minister and instituted Thatcherite economic reforms. He is widely regarded as being the key behind the Czech Republic’s economic transformation. Václav Klaus is Europe’s leading statesman opposing European centralisation.
President Klaus argues that, ‘In contrast to Marx, supporters of global governance do not believe that salvation will arise via the proletariat: they humbly suggest that it will come from themselves.
‘The manifestations of transnational progressivism—global governance and the European Union—are supplanting liberal democracy and nation-states and driving us into the stage of post-democracy. The EU wants to replace the project that is malfunctioning today by even bigger doses of the same. That is entirely absurd.’
The President is also a leading critic of the theory of man-made climate change.