In January 2009, the Czech Republic will for the first time assume the EU presidency. But the current Czech coalition government may have a problem – its policies have often seemed hostile to European consensus politics. With bilateral negotiations between the government and the US on a proposed radar base as well as a visa waiver programme, many have the impression that the current government, like its Polish counterpart, is hostile to the EU.
One thing is clear, come January 2009, all eyes will be on the Czech Republic. With the Czech president critical of climate change and promoting strong neo-liberal economics (what we in America would call conservative, or classical liberalism), and with a Czech government seemingly hostile to EU integration, when the Czech Republic finally assumes the EU presidency, it may find that it is faced with a serious image problem. (emphasis mine)
This is good news, hopefully. The EU has been a bureaucratic nightmare, with an unelected, unaccountable bunch of pinheads ratcheting down and trying to regulate every single aspect of life. Some of the most recent examples?
Successful government schools in Great Britain will be forced to take students who have been expelled for violent and disruptive behavior.
Imagine that your house floods. You move out. When you are ready to return, you are told that you can’t … because great crested newts have decided to move in.
In the UK, video games may be required to have cigarette-style health warnings … to protect the children, of course.
Things must be pretty slow in Sweden, if they have time to pass government regulations on how pet owners should treat their dogs and cats.
For your Friday government outrage (these are from the UK), here are the ten most unreasonable parking fines of all time.
In the posts immediately prior to this one, however, we record three issues – important in their own right, the one affecting a small but successful wine-making enterprise; the other the damaging effect of EU law on bus companies and, the other – albeit misunderstood – covering the role of the EU in determining what butchers can or cannot sell, by way of minced meat.
Nor should the fact that the EU increasingly governs our (Great Britain) immigration law come as any surprise.
…the Court of Appeal has decided that a 38-year-old Italian, who lives in Newport, Gwent, cannot be deported from the UK, even though he has served a nine-year jail term, after attacking and robbing a pensioner.
This is just a week’s worth of news from the rapidly fading continent of Europe, and just on the bureaucratic front. Václav Klaus, you are a true hero, and good luck to you.