a political farce which the leftists are playing against the right.
By no means can the hospitals work the way they used to work. If someone believes that they can, I think he or she is very wrong
For the Czech Republic, EU entry was necessary for historical and geographical reasons. But I would almost say that to be a part of the economic side of European integration process is sufficient for Iceland
I explained to the prime minister [Asgrimsson] that for the Czech Republic it was no choice, but necessity
In my opinion, this gives Icelanders all the benefits ensuing from it, but they have no costs connected with EU membership
it is such a delicate part of Czech history that it cannot be done without consensus on it in the Czech Republic.
We would definitely vote for it [Iceland's EU entry]
We found no compromise. This uncertainty can escalate rather than calm down the political situation.
Nonsense. I would like to say, quite formally and clearly, that my government would never allow something like this.
It's an awful thing and I take it very seriously
People like me who were engaging in brinkmanship with the party economic bosses and the open dissidents who were being arrested were pursuing a common goal in different ways.
Nevertheless, there is another threat on the horizon. I see this threat in environmentalism which is becoming a new dominant ideology, if not a religion. Its main weapon is raising the alarm and predicting the human life endangering climate change based on man-made global warming.
It is what makes the reform process an art, not just a science. You have to develop a strategy that tells you what reform measures you should follow and in what sequence.
I also helped write the five-page statement of principles that Civic Forum issued in late November. That was the first public expression of what the new government wanted to do.
By the time I returned to Czechoslovakia, I had an understanding of the principles of the market.