Day: March 22, 2009

The True European

In an interview for the Sunday Times, Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic, tells it like it is about Europe and the EU:

European identity exists as a feeling of belonging to European continent, it is a feeling based on common history, culture, values, but it cannot be a politically constructed and imposed identity. For me, this feeling is certainly weaker than the feeling of belonging to my country. I think identity is not something you can give up and I do not think that some people feel their European identity as something in opposition to their national identities. It is an additional, not substitute identity.