Posted by: rbbadger | September 25, 2009

A brilliant speech

Earlier this year, His Excellency, President Václav Klaus of the Czech Republic made a brilliant speech at a plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels.  Some Members of the European Parliament booed and stormed out.  Others cheered.  While stating that his country in honoured to be an EU member and that it takes its membership very seriously, he went on to criticize certain aspects of Europe as it is exists today.  He highlights the democratic deficit.  He points out that the people with the most power in the European Union are not elected.  Rather, they are appointed.  He is also very critical of how markets function in Europe.  Fans of Austrian economics will be delighted to see his mention of Frédéric Bastiat.  You can access it by clicking here.

I do think that President Klaus is a very unique leader, especially in Europe.  He champions the sorts of ideas which I would like to see our politicians champion more. 

If you don’t want to read the whole thing, you can watch the high points of it on this video I saw on YouTube. 


(Flag of the President of the Czech Republic)


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