Klaus slams EU officials in Lidové noviny interview

24-07-2009

President Václav Klaus has criticised EU officials in an interview for the Czech daily Lidové noviny, recalling meetings he chaired as head-of-state during the Czech EU presidency. In the first half of this year, Mr Klaus chaired summits between the EU and Japan, as well as China, South Korea, and Russia, but said he had been “absolutely frustrated” when dealing with officials like the head of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, Javier Solana, and others. He charged their words “lacked content” and amounted to empty statements. The Czech president is a well-known critic of Brussels, one who is fiercely opposed to the EU’s Lisbon treaty, aimed at reforming the running of the 27-member bloc.