Czech and Polish presidents criticize EU

At a press conference in Prague on Thursday, Czech President Vaclav Klaus and visiting Polish President Lech Kaczynsky warned against a greater centralization of power in the European Union and argued that the Lisbon Treaty should not turn it into a federation ruled by a few heavyweights. The two leaders, who share Eurosceptic views, criticized the EU for allegedly being slow and inefficient in dealing with the humanitarian crisis in Haiti, which they blamed on the new working structure of the EU, where it was still not clear who was responsible for what. Both expressed themselves in favour of further enlargement saying the EU should not become a closed club.