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Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 01/09/2009

Controversial EU incandescent bulb ban

As of today, September 1, no more 100-watt incandescent light bulbs will be produced. The conservative daily Lidové Noviny sees this as a "restriction of the freedom of the consumer" and calls for at least lower wattage incandescent light bulbs to be allowed to live on alongside low-energy bulbs: "Why can't they be tolerated? It's like banning records and gramophones once CDs were introduced, or the production of ice once refrigerators were developed or getting rid of the radio after televisions came along or newspapers and magazines now we have the Internet. … The energy-saving light bulbs have many drawbacks. For example they're no good in rooms where the light is switched on and off frequently, like the bathroom, because it shortens their lifespan. And that cancels out the argument that they save energy."

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 26/03/2007

Will the Berlin Declaration take the EU to 2009?

According to Petr Zavadil, the Czech Republic is mainly to blame for the "uninspiring Berlin Declaration". Prague was staunchly opposed to everything: to the constitution, to anything new in the text and to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's proposals and her uncompromising negotiation methods. The Czechs and the Poles behaved more like the British than the British this time. Whether these playground tactics will work in the real battle remains to be seen. The real fight for the future of the EU constitution has just begun. The Union is giving itself only six months to negotiate the finer points. This means it will have to chose between meeting that deadline and a more time-consuming leap forward towards integrations."

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 30/11/2006

A yellow card for Ankara

Commentator Petr Zavadil welcomes the EU-commission's decision to partially suspend the accession talks with Turkey. "A complete embargo of the talks would have blocked Turkey's path to Europe for a long time. But you can't behave as if nothing has happened. That would be suicide for Europe. Other candidates like Croatia also have to keep their promises... So yesterday's recommendations from the EU-commission that only the chapter dealing with the Cyprus problem be frozen is really the best possible alternative. It's the only way to get Turkey to take European pressure, and its own responsibility, seriously."

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