Prague - The biggest problem of the European Union nowadays is the loss of trust in not only European but also national institutions, European Parliament President Martin Schulz told a meeting organised by the European Socialists (PES) EP group today.
Předseda Evropského parlamentu Martin Schulz (vlevo) navštívil 11. dubna v doprovodu premiéra Bohuslava Sobotky (vpravo) památník v Terezíně. ČTK Hájek Ondřej
Schulz said he can see this lack of confidence all over the EU and he can understand it.
Schulz may keep his post of EP chief after the EP elections if the European Socialists succeed in them as he is their candidate for the post.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said Czechs have a sceptical view of the EU due to the performances of the previous right-wing governments and former president Vaclav Klaus, who was highly critical of the EU.
"This is a heritage of the Eurosceptic governments, of the extremely Eurosceptic president Vaclav Klaus who was the head of the state for ten years, which is a very long time," Sobotka pointed out.
He mentioned the debt crisis of the euro zone as one of the reasons for the mistrust among Czechs.
Sobotka said his centre-left government has to cope with this scepticism.
He noted that the Czechs clearly supported the EU entry in a referendum ten years ago.
"A lot of people doubts that Europe can offer the Czech Republic a better future," Sobotka said.