Handy overview today from the EU Observer – worth a look for UK-centered readers as well, as these guys are the closest that Tory leader David Cameron’s got to allies on the continent, so may just provide a hint as to his as yet decidedly unclear attitude towards the EU:
A large segment of the Czech political elite makes no secret of its discontentment with EU membership. These politicians fiercely oppose further European integration, and consider the whole European project a major threat to Czech sovereignty.
President Klaus – by far the most outspoken eurosceptic in Central-Europe – made no secret of his pleasure at the Irish No. While the office of the Czech president is largely honorary, his signature is needed to round up the ratification process of the Lisbon Treaty…
More significant however is the fact the president still has considerable influence on a large segment of the Civic Democratic Party. After the Irish referendum the harsh language of Mr Klaus was echoed by several party members. CDP holds a majority in the Czech Senate where voting on the Lisbon Treaty still needs to take place.
The vote in the Czech Senate is scheduled at the end of the year, after the Constitutional Court has ruled on the compatibility of the Lisbon Treaty with the Czech constitution. Even if its verdict is positive, it is hard to predict the outcome of the vote in the Upper House.
I’m not convinced by the latter half of the article with its dire warnings of potential disaster if the Czechs vote Lisbon down, but still – worth a gander. (And if anyone knows of any English-language Czech politics blogs/news sites that are still being updated, I’d be grateful for a heads-up, as I’ve got rather out of touch over the last few years and a lot of my old bookmarks are now dead.)