Unfortunately, the Czech constitutional court ruled that the Treaty of Lisbon is compatible with the Czech constitution, as expected.
President Klaus signed the document at 3:00 pm. No photographs, no champagne, no foreign counterparts: there is certainly nothing to celebrate.
His statement, translated from Czech (see also a video of his speech with English subtitles and some missing audio):
[Good afternoon. Good, gloomy afternoon. Let me read you a brief statement on the Constitutional Court ruling today.]
1. The decision of the Constitutional Court was expected by me and I respect it, even though I fundamentally disagree both with its content as well its justification.
2. I can't endorse its form i.e. its legal quality. The ruling by the Constitutional Court is not a neutral legislative analysis but a biased political advocacy of the Treaty of Lisbon by its champions. This point is obvious from the entirely inappropriate, confrontational elaboration as well as the presentation of the verdict.
3. Most importantly, I cannot agree with the content because once the treaty becomes valid, the Czech Republic will cease to be a sovereign country, despite the political opinion of the court. This change is bringing legitimacy to the efforts of a part of our public that is not indifferent to our national and state existence and that doesn't intend to come to terms with these developments - efforts that will take place today as well as in the future.
4. I can't accept the Constitutional Court's decision to proclaim the obligation of the president of the republic to ratify this (or another) international treaty "without unnecessary delays" by references to the law about the Constitutional Court. This bill only deals with the work of the Constitutional Court: the rights and responsibilities of the president are defined exclusively by the constitution.
5. I inform that I signed the Treaty of Lisbon today, November 3rd, at 3 pm.
Václav Klaus, Prague Castle
Petr Hájek, a deputy boss of the president's office, speculates that the "legitimacy" comment could mean that Klaus may start efforts to cancel the Czech membership in the European Union.