Václav Havel addresses European Parliament

In an address to the European Parliament marking 20 years since the fall of communism, the former Czech president Václav Havel called on Wednesday for solidarity with people who face oppression by totalitarian regimes around the world, disregarding possible economic consequences. The former dissident also strongly rejected the notion, recently voiced by Czech President Václav Klaus, that the Czech Republic would lose its sovereignty with the deepening of European integration.

Mr Havel also noted that the European Union should have a concise and brief constitution to replace the thousands of pages of complicated documents.

Author: Jan Richter