The two-day meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers in Luxembourg that finished on Tuesday was the last foreign ministers’ council with the Czechs in charge. With that in mind, just how far the Czechs have used the presidency to push their foreign policy objectives?
The recent informal meeting of European agricultural ministers that took place in Brno, South Moravia, might have raised the profile of the Moravian capital, but a substantial agreement on the future of the beleaguered Common Agricultural Policy remains elusive.
Jose Manuel Barroso’s campaign to keep his job is gathering momuntum with the Czech prime minister becoming the latest to throw his weight behind the EU Commission President.
The Czech Republic, just a few days ahead of the European Parliamentary elections. Polls show a very low interest of citizens for this vote, something Karel Schwarzenberg, until recently Czech Foreign Minister, is worried about.
New Czech Minister for European Affairs Stefan Füle is on a mission to forge some tangible results in the remaining weeks of the Czech presidency of the EU and in doing so, salvage at least some respect for the country’s political establishment.
Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg is a favourite among journalists. (ČTK)“One of the pleasures of the Czech Republic’s forthcoming presidency of the European Union will be to watch in action a thoughtful, humorous, bow-tied 71-year-old who bears the name Karl Johannes Nepomuk Josef Norbert Friedrich Antonius Wratislaw Mena, prince from Schwarzenberg.” That is what the daily Financial Times wrote about the Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg whose diplomatic charm is considered to be the major trump of the Czech presidency by the international media. That’s one of the reasons why there is a great interest, among Brussels correspondents, in an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers that is to take place in March at the Hluboká castle that belonged to
Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek on Tuesday denied Prague, the current EU president, had a “plan” for a truce in the Gaza conflict, saying he simply had a scenario for talks to open border crossings.
The Czech Republic will seek to hold an “informal summit” with the US in Prague, involving the leaders of the EU’s 27 member states in a departure from the usual European ‘troika’ format of delegations.
Premier Wen Jiabao will attend the China-EU summit in Prague Wednesday to show Beijing’s desire to work with the EU, China said Tuesday, while warning European nations against welcoming the Dalai Lama.
Weighed down with provisos and limitations, a coalition of the EU’s eastern neighbors just barely gets off the ground.