(March 27th, 2012, 5:00 p.m., Sheraton Hotel, Sofia)
The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria, the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the publishing houses “East-West” and “MaK”, and with the support of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, organized the presentation of the books “Where Tomorrow Begins” and “The European Integration without Illusions” by H.E. Vсclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic.
The event was opened by the Czech Ambassador to Bulgaria H.E. Pavel Vacek who expressed his gratitude for the collaboration of the Atlantic Club, the publishing houses and the sponsors. He addressed the event as a great opportunity for integration as well as gaining and exchanging experience.
The presentation continued with a speech by the former Bulgarian Ambassador to the Czech Republic Dr. Zdravko Popov. Dr. Popov underlined that the two books were published in Bulgarian shortly after their official publication in the Czech Republic. This is a clear indication of the consolidation of the tradition to present the Czech President’s views of the global issues, among them the European and the Czech Republic’s ones, before the Bulgarian public. During the event were mentioned many other books written by president Klaus, as well as interesting facts from his professional career and a variety of other interests – from jazz music, through teaching in prestigious universities, to politics and family.
The publishers Luben Kuzarev (“East-West”) and Kalin Manolov (“MaK”) described the Czech President as a Euro-realist with “unsparingly realistic” view towards contemporary Europe.
In his speech H.E. V. Klaus said that the book “Where Tomorrow Begins” is written as his contribution to the 20th anniversary of the fall of the communism, aiming to show a broader perspective about the world after the communism. The chapters called “The Day before Yesterday”, “Yesterday”, “Today” and “Tomorrow” chronologically present the situation during the communism, the time of the transition to democracy, the achievements and the mistakes of the capitalism, parliamentary democracy, market economy and the future consequences of the present decisions. President Klaus expressed his regret that still there is no deeper analysis of the destructive system during the communism. As a result nowadays the concept of what was the reality 20 years ago is changed.
The second book “European Integration without Illusions”, which is a bestseller in the Czech Republic, debunks the illusions of the politics, the character and the ideology of the European Union. According to the Czech President there is a detrimental change between the tendencies of the overall market and liberalization of Europe and the centralization, standardization and supranational government of the EU. President Klaus criticized the non-effective European Social System. “If we want Europe to become a functional power again, important structural changes should be made,” Mr. Klaus said.
Special guests of the event were the former Bulgarian presidents Zhelyo Zhelev and Georgi Parvanov, as well as the current president Rosen Plevneliev. The event ended with the creating of a condition for a debate about Europe and the place of the EU yesterday, today and tomorrow.