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SLOVAKS IMITATE CZECHS.

The Swedish Presidency of the EU has rejected the idea that Slovakia, in the footsteps of the Czech Republic, may in turn obtain a late exemption from the Lisbon Treaty to prevent the restitution of property to descendants of Germans expelled from the Sudetenland in 1945 (see Europolitics 3842). Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico in fact indicated, on 18 October, that he would like an exemption similar to that of Prague, in the event that Czech President Vaclav Klaus were to win the case.a"It seemed to me that Slovakia had completed its ratification process," contrary to the Czech Republic, which is still awaiting the signature of its president, declared Sweden's head of diplomacy, Carl Bildt, on 19 October in Brussels. Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso expressed the hope that "no more artificial obstacles will be erected to hinder completion of the [ratification] process".

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Title Annotation:European Union
Publication:European Report
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EXSV
Date:Oct 21, 2009
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