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Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 16/11/2011

Josef Zieleniec on necessary change in Europe

Europe's politicians must get used to the idea that the EU needs fundamental changes in the near future, writes former Czech foreign minister Josef Zieleniec in a guest commentary for the conservative daily Lidové noviny: "European integration and the monetary union are above all a political project that needs to be carried through whatever the cost. But let's be clear: it's not possible to solve the crisis and stabilise development in the long term without radically deepening integration in the Eurozone. ... A common budgetary policy decided at summit meetings is not feasible. A harmonised financial policy without common bonds, and the latter without some form of common tax for the entire Eurozone is likewise hard to imagine. But budgetary and economic policy are essential fields of policy. Therefore the Eurozone will have to make a decision regarding a significant deepening of political integration. Many countries will face the dilemma of whether they want join in - including the Czech Republic."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 16/05/2007

Will Russia divide the EU?

Josef Zieleniec, formerly Czech Foreign minister and now EMP, calls on the EU to show a united front against Russia. "Nothing less than the future of the political community of Europe is at stake in Samara. For centuries on end Russian rulers have regarded Central and Eastern Europe as their natural sphere of influence. Even today, this view is one of the cornerstones of Russian state thinking, and the EU membership of the new democracies hasn't changed this one bit... Russia systematically denies its former satellite states their right to sovereignty. ... It uses every opportunity to cut them off from the rest of the EU and play them off against the West European member states. The conflict over the removal of the monument in Estonia, the threats of military action in retaliation against the construction of the missile defence system, the blockade against meat imports from Poland, the repeated interruption of gas supplies as a political weapon - these are all recent examples."

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