President says criticism of EU well-intentioned

18-04-2016

President Miloš Zeman has suggested that criticism of the European Union on his part was not to try and “break it” but on the contrary to help focus on outstanding problems; the president was reacting to a recent charge by the prime minister that he criticized the EU as often as his predecessor Václav Klaus. Mr Zeman, for example, ridiculed the planned 1,500-strong border patrol meant to prevent the entry of up two million refugees. He called it a “ragtime army” which would do nothing to help. He suggested the EU was in dire need of real personalities like Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, Charles de Gaulle or Francois Mitterrand.