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Czech president slams European Union

Posted by Richard Thursday, April 22, 2004

Something from a man who knows.

Prague, 22 April 2004 (UPI) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus says that European Union membership will signal the end of his country as an independent sovereign state.

Klaus, known for his euro-skepticism and his maverick style, made his comments in the Thursday edition of Mlada Fronta Dnes, one of the leading Czech newspapers. They come less than two weeks before the Czech Republic, along with 9 other countries, joins the European Union.

Klaus spoke of more than a thousand years of history that threatened to be subsumed under the rule of Brussels.

He urged his fellow countrymen to do everything possible to preserve the integrity of the Czech state.