Václav Klaus, former President of the Czech Republic talks with Echo TV about the Central European Visegrad Group and the future of Europe.
Klaus fears democracy “is gone” in Europe and he lashes out at the European Union and the gap between elitist governments and their citizens.
Around 6 minutes into the interview Klaus is asked: Do you think that there is a chance to talk frankly about the very serious issues that determine the future of Europe, which were also the subject of the conference?
The former President answers:
“Mass migration co-organized by the European political elite based on multiculturalism, is, in my opinion, the main threat to Europe, to European societies, and to European culture” and says after another question:
“The main problem is that the opinions of men of the street are quite different from the opinions of the political elite. There is a big gap between the two, and the lack of democracy in Europe and the European Union is striking.
“I know that very often people talk about a democratic deficit in Europe. I don’t agree. In my opinion, it is not a democratic deficit, but the lack of democracy. The deficit means that there is some democracy, but there are just some problems with it.
“I’m afraid that we live in a world where there is no democracy. The European Parliament is a good example of that, as it is not a parliament at all. There is no real dialogue between the government and the opposition. There is no freedom of speech. So, the European Parliament is just a joke. So, I do not agree that it is a democratic deficit.”'
Source - Voice of Europe
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