“Dangerous and irresponsible” is how the former Czech president has described his successor’s refusal to sign the Lisbon Treaty.
Vaclav Havel also said that Vaclav Klaus’ stated reason for resisting ratification is not a valid argument but one that could win him some public support. Klaus wants a derogation added to the Charter of Fundamental Rights that would guarantee the Czech Republic won’t receive claims for the restitution of property seized by Czechoslovakia from ethnic Germans just after World War Two. Meeting his Russian counterpart yesterday, Klaus insisted he would not budge on the issue. Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, who supports the Treaty, now has the unenviable task of finding a compromise that would satisfy at least Klaus’ demand, if not Klaus himself.