You did not toe the party line Mr. President

The European Union’s current President, Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek of the Czech Republic seems to have a definite rebel streak.  I like this guy. 


E.U. President Calls U.S. Stimulus ‘Way to Hell’

BRUSSELS — Transatlantic tension over the handling of the global economic crisis intensified on Wednesday when the prime minister of the Czech Republic, which holds the European Union presidency, described the U. S. stimulus measures as the “way to hell.”…

…Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek argued that the Obama administration’s fiscal package and financial bailout “will undermine the stability of the global financial market.”…

…While Mr. Obama in recent weeks has pleaded with European partners to stimulate the economy, countries including the Czech Republic that endured decades of Communism are deeply suspicion of state intervention….

…One E.U. official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said the comments reflected that, unlike other East European countries such as Hungary, the Czech economy has proved relatively resilient.

“He is sitting in the Czech Republic,” the official said “where growth is holding up relatively well and a fiscal stimulus makes no sense.”…

Martin Schulz, leader of the socialist group in the European Parliament, said that the description of the Obama recovery plans as “the road to hell” was “not the level on which the E.U. ought to be operating with the United States.”

“You have not understood what the task of the E.U. presidency is,” Mr. Schulz told the Czech prime minister. …


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