Fri Mar 20th, 2009 at 04:22:30 AM EST
EurActiv reports that the Lisbon Treaty depends on the US missile shield:
Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek yesterday (18 March) confirmed reports revealed by EurActiv in January: President Barack Obama's decision to put on hold US plans to construct its missile shield and radar base in the Czech Republic effectively blocks his country's ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.
As reported by EurActiv seven weeks ago (EurActiv 30/01/09), the Czech Senate said it would be unable to move on ratifying the Lisbon Treaty without the accompanying ratification of an agreement with the US to install a radar system, part of the anti-missile shield favoured by the previous American administration.
The stalemate in the Senate arose due to the position of members of Prime Minister Topolánek's ruling ODS party (Civic Democratic Party). On Tuesday (17 March), Topolánek was forced to withdraw legal texts committing his country to the US missile shield for fear that they would be defeated.
To which I can only say: what the fuck? Can someone explain to me how and why any Czech politician feels it is reasonable to make ratification of Lisbon (or not) conditional on a military treaty with the US (even if it wasn't a hare-brained super-villain scheme like the missile shield)?