Klaus manifesto may signal plans for future EU run
Former Czech president Václav Klaus has come out in defence of Europe’s traditional nation states, warning against efforts to transform the EU into a superstate. Reacting to an appeal by proponents of a much tighter Europe, Klaus issued his own manifesto entitled Democrats of Europe, Wake Up. In it, the former Czech head of state says that plans to take European integration to a new level would bring about the end of democracy on the continent. I discussed Mr Klaus’ declaration with Jakub Janda of the Prague-based European Values think tank.
Mr Klaus’s view has been backed mainly by his Czech collaborators but some European figures have also signed the manifesto such as British Euro-sceptic politician Nigel Farage, and some others. You said Mr Klaus’ reaction was peripheral but do you think it could gain momentum?
Václav Klaus recently decided against a comeback to Czech politics when he refused to head a group of Euro-sceptic politicians in the Czech Republic. But do you think his manifesto signals he might be a step towards his return to politics on the European level?
“Yes, it could. His manifesto and his strong public opinions might help him get heard in Czech public space where he needs to get elected from. So he might be aiming for a seat in the European Parliament. But some are sceptical about it because what would his future be as an MEP? That’s the question.