BERLIN/PRAGUE/WARSAW | | polentschechische-republikslowakische-republik

BERLIN/PRAGUE/WARSAW (Own report) - German pressure on East European countries to adopt the Euro is meeting resistance. Over the past few months, Berlin has been strengthening its pressure on several Central European governments, to have them soon join the Euro zone - to no avail. Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas declared that the Czechs, themselves, will decide "if and when we want to take that step." In any case, the European common currency, is an "ambitious but unfinished project," affirms the governor of the Polish Central Bank. Demands to withdraw from the Euro zone are already circulating in Slovak political leadership circles. Whereas countries in the southern Euro zone are helplessly at the mercy of the German export offensive and being driven to their ruin, Poland overcame its economic crisis through the devaluation of its currency. Since Estonia joined the Euro zone, at the beginning of this year, the zone's enlargement has now come to a halt. more…

PRAGUE/BERLIN | | tschechische-republik

PRAGUE/BERLIN (Own report) - A German EU parliamentarian is calling for impeachment proceedings against the President of the Czech Republic. Should President Václav Klaus not immediately ratify the "Lisbon Treaty" as soon as the Czech Constitutional Court hands down a positive decision, he must be forcibly removed from the country's highest constitutional body, insists the social democrat, Jo Leinen. According to reports, German diplomats have already been taking steps in Prague to find out if this is possible. Also being discussed is the disempowerment of the president through a change in the country's constitution. These interventions are directed against one of Germany's neighbors, whose constitutional bodies have on various occasions been the object of Berlin's foreign policy. The reason for Prague's skepticism toward the "Lisbon Treaty" is that it cannot forget the German expansionism that led to a world war 70 years ago. Even without consideration of the historical contexts, German policy is tearing down democratic minimum standards, which, already at various stages of the ratification process of the so-called Lisbon Treaty, have been ridiculed. The draft treaty favors the transformation of the EU into a globally operating military power and reinforces German hegemony. The massive interference attempts are being accompanied by a nationalist anti-Czech media campaign. more…

MUNICH | | tschechische-republik

MUNICH (Own report) - In the wake of the controversy over the "Center Against Expulsions," an association of resettled Germans is pushing a parallel revisionist program in Munich. The Sudeten German territorial association wants to establish a "Sudeten-German Museum" in Munich to present the "History of the Germans in the Bohemian Territories", particularly the "expulsion" of the German speaking population from Czechoslovakia. An exhibit that could serve as the centerpiece of the museum's exposition has been shown throughout Germany for the past two years. It combines hefty anti-Prague invectives with attacks on the WW I peace treaties while proposing "reparations" for the resettled. They accuse the former Czechoslovak President, Edvard Benes, of complicity in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Jews. The project received state subventions. The planned Sudeten-German Museum is supposed to be an "educational venue for pupils" and "as a center of Central-European cooperation (...) contribute toward European integration." more…

BERLIN/DUBLIN/PRAGUE | | irlandtschechische-republik

BERLIN/DUBLIN/PRAGUE (Own report) - Berlin is increasing the pressure on the opponents to the Lisbon Treaty. According to the Vatican German pressure is being applied. German politicians are demanding that the Irish Bishops publicly call for a "Yes" vote in the re-run of the Irish referendum to avoid a renewed defeat. The government in Dublin will announce the modalities and the timetable for the referendum re-run after consultations with the German chancellor at the EU summit this week. As a supplement, the German government has launched a campaign against the President of the Czech Republic, Václav Klaus, whose negative attitude endangers the treaty's ratification. In the Czech Republic, the treaty enters into effect only after the president has given his accord. Václav Klaus is the "spiritus rector" of the "anti-Europeans" and "not harmless," according to the chairman of the social democratic group in the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, from Germany. Schulz announced his intentions to show the Czechs "their limits" also during their term as President of the European Council, which begins January 1. more…

Moral Basis

PRAGUE/BERLIN | | tschechische-republik

PRAGUE/BERLIN (Own report) - Seventy years after German troops invaded Czechoslovakia, German media are using the Munich Dictate to demand that the West take a more aggressive approach to foreign policy. They allege that the "Agreement", that ceded important parts of Czechoslovakia to the German aggressor, concluded in the night of September 29 - 30, 1938 between Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and the British and French heads of government, has become a popular "metaphor" for western accommodation to "totalitarian power". While the debate continues as to whether this "metaphor" applies to Russia's relations to Georgia, which would justify a German offensive against Russia, Berlin is still hanging onto aspects of the Munich Dictate. Even though this Dictate is today "null and void", its signing has had consequences that are still valid, is an opinion heard in the German capital. They also form the basis for the relocated Germans' claims on the Czech Republic. A consultant of the advisory board of the Federal College for Security Studies agrees: "Hitler's approach in 1938" was not devoid of "a moral basis". more…

NUREMBERG/PRAGUE | | tschechische-republik

NUREMBERG/PRAGUE (Own report) - Even before a new Czech government has been constituted, prominent German politicians are exerting pressure on Prague. They are demanding the indictment of former members of the Czechoslovakian resistance against Nazi-occupation. The Prime Minister of Bavaria, Edmund Stoiber, called on the conservative winners of the elections in Prague to meet this demand. Last weekend, Stoiber was the keynote speaker at a German revisionist federation's meeting ("Sudeten Germans' Day"). Under the slogan "Banishment is Genocide" they declare that the resettlement of Germans, in the aftermath of WW II, are crimes without a statute of limitations and can therefore be prosecuted at any time. In their efforts to influence Czech policy, these German federations bank on the support of German-friendly circles in the Czech Republic, including the Greens, to revise post war history. The origins of the Czech Greens date back to the period of dissidence in the 1970s and '80s. Already at that time, the Greens had close contacts to German revisionist federations. more…

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LONDON | | tschechische-republik

LONDON The president of the Czech Republic warns his citizens and the European public of the EU constitutional draft. Vaclav Klaus writes that the document is a result of politics, which is ,,done behind the back of the European public"and that it extinguishes the sovereignty of European states. Contradicting Klaus, the Czech prime minister pleads in favor of the present EU constitutional draft, because anything else ,,does not correspond to Germany's importance". According to Prime Minister Vladimir Spidla, the Czech Republic should attune itself to the history of the Middle Ages when ,,Boehmen (Bohemia)"belonged to the Empire of Charles IV. more…

A Shared Home?

GEROLSTEIN/WARSAW (Own report) | | tschechische-republik

GEROLSTEIN/WARSAW (Own report) In an internationally circulated appeal, Polish, Czech and German signatories oppose the establishment of a ,,Zentrum gegen Vertreibungen"(centre against expulsions) and warn of a ,,revision of history."Furthermore, a ,,centre which is to establish and achieve a uniform view of history,"could cement ideologies which are based on nationalism, ethnicity, and racism and serve ,,to re-interpret political and social controversies into ethnic ones." more…

GEROLSTEIN/WARSAW | | tschechische-republik

GEROLSTEIN/WARSAW In an internationally circulated appeal, Polish, Czech and German signatories oppose the establishment of a ,,Zentrum gegen Vertreibungen"(centre against expulsions) and warn of a ,,revision of history."Their appeal appeared in the Polish and Czech press but is only circulated in the internet in Germany. more…

NÜRNBERG | | tschechische-republik

NÜRNBERG The Silesian Association ( ,,Landsmannschaft der Schlesier") is making further claims against Poland and seeks to achieve them by way of litigation. Thus declared the Chairman of the German ,,Expellees Association"at a meeting in Germany on the weekend of 12/13 July. Friedrich Merz, deputy Chairman of the largest opposition group in the German Parliament (CDU/CSU) pointed out that EU law had established the preconditions for legal action against Warsaw. more…