What do all these have in common? Well, Klaus (Czech president) is now blocking the Lisbon treaty despite that having passed by all possible hurdles and despite the majority of voters and governments in all of EU being for it. Let us not discuss whether Lisbon is a good idea or not, Klaus’s role should normally be mostly ceremonial. He’s trying to find technicalities to block the signing for as long as possible. He’ll have to sign it in the end I’m pretty sure, he’s just enjoying his ego being overinflated by all the attention he’s getting because of it. It seems that except for Sarkozy, Blair, Putin and Berlusconi, not many european presidents/prime ministers are well known. But Klaus is an exception, thanks to his anti-EU antics, he is well known, at least among all europeans and to some degree in the US as well.
Anyway, what does this have to do with Democracy? Well, Klaus is not exactly a popularly elected representative of all the people. He was elected by the Czech parliment. He is a representative of a minor EU country and is blocking something that affects all of EU. And this despite the fact that there are very few other dissenters. So for those that think that US democracy is bad in that it allows a single senator from a small state to block a piece of legislation. It’s bad in other places as well. Actually, I would say the EU is so wonderfully undemocratic in many aspects. Lisbon won’t fix that either.