published: 07.10.2013, 13:24 | updated: 07.10.2013 13:28:02
Prague - The Czech Republic should leave the European community, retain its identity and not rush after somebody if a principal change of the EU proves to be unable, which seems very likely, former Czech president Vaclav Klaus said at the presentation of his new book today.
The book, now issued in the Czech version only and titled "The Czech Republic at a crossroads - time of decision", appears on the market less than three weeks before the early general election.
Klaus and his assistants call for major changes in economy and politics in the book.
These changes can be made in fact only if the Czech Republic leaves the European Union, the authors conclude.
Klaus did not say whether the Czech Republic should be a neutral country like Switzerland if it moved out of the EU.
Klaus´s book deals with the present situation in the Czech Republic and with the possible solutions to what he considers a crisis.
In the economic field, Klaus promotes market deregulation, further privatisations, reduction of the state´s mandatory expenditures and cancellation of direct corporate taxes.
In the political field, the book recommends that election periods be extended, governments be made more stable and senators be appointed, not elected.
Klaus also says the number of Czech universities and especially faculties focusing on social sciences should be lowered and more stress should be put on apprentice schools.
The authors say the proposed transformation of society cannot be pushed through without principal changes in the EU, which they label a rigid bureaucratic institution.
However, as there is no hope of pushing the necessary changes through, a strategy for the country´s departure from the EU needs to be worked out, Klaus says.
Klaus is known as an ardent opponent of closer European integration, but most Czech parties do not share his resolute Euroscepticism.
Both the Social Democrats (CSSD) who are the clear favourite of the forthcoming election and TOP 09 that is the most popular Czech right-wing party are definitely pro-European. The Civic Democrats (ODS) whom Klaus founded in 1991, are not as radical in their EU criticism as Klaus and EU supporters prevail among the ODS voters, opinion polls show.
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