Saturday, February 21, 2009

Challenging European Consensus

The President of the Czech Republic gave a speech to the European Parliament that challenges European political correctness.  It's worth reading in its entirety, if only to get a sense of how narrowly theEuropean consensus has been defined.  Vaclav Klaus thinks "Europe" should focus on things that can't be done by one or a few countries working bilaterally.  He stands for economic liberalism and doubts that Europe is a single demos that can be represented in a single Parliament. Controversial, I suppose, but not shocking to American ears.  Really, how close to the Greeks and Bulgarians do the Finns and the Scots feel?  Yet he's being treated as utterly beyond the pale.  Why the overreaction?

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