Milos Zeman, the President of the Czech Republic made a speech to the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg on 26th February.
He positioned himself as ‘a strong supporter of the euro’ and said that the Czech Republic should adopt the euro as soon as possible. In a press conference after the speech, he said this could be achieved in a period of between 2 to 5 years.
President Zeman spoke in favour of the harmonisation of social and environmental issues and taxation across Europe which he said was opposed by some business groups. Whilst speaking of common European rules, he referred to Henry Kissinger’s supposed remark ‘What is the phone number of Europe?’ He also emphasized the importance of tackling the high unemployment rate in Europe.
He began his speech by criticizing the ‘crazy’ movement of the European Parliament between Brussels and Strasbourg, which received a loud applause from many MEP’s whilst others remained silent.