View Full Version : Czech MEP Rejects Sudeten German Calls to End Beneš Decrees

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009, 07:09 PM
Brussels, Jan 3 (CTK) - Czech MEP Jan Zahradil Saturday dismissed as "aggressive rhetoric" the call by MEP Bernd Posselt, top representative of transferred Sudeten Germans, on the Czech Republic to abolish "Benes decrees" now that it presides over the EU.

Zahradil, chairman of the Czech senior ruling Civic Democrat (ODS) MEPs, said opening such past topics is "at sharp variance with the values of European integration in the 21st century."

"Czech European Union presidency will definitely not deal with matters that have been definitively closed at bilateral as well as multilateral levels," Zahradil reacted to the statement Posselt made on Friday.

Posselt, MEP for the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), said the still valid "anti-European and racist" decrees issued by then Czechoslovak president Edvard Benes after World War Two create "a dangerous cancerous tumour in the European legal order."

The decrees provided for the transfer of ethnic Germans from then Czechoslovakia after World War Two, except for those who themselves suffered under the Nazis, and the confiscation of their property.

The transferred Germans and their descendants consider the decrees as tool of wrong.

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Hauke Haien
Tuesday, January 6th, 2009, 09:14 PM
The Beneš decrees were the second attempt at creating a nation state in Bohemia and Moravia, taken from us after the first war, taken again after the second. A mistaken assumption that this has anything to do with the impartial application of international law in whatever shape or form can only lead to confusion. MEP Posselt, who is likely aware of this, still calls them "anti-European and racist". It is a nice attempt at exploiting the rhetoric of our enemies, but it will not work. We are exempt from the protection of their laws and it was always meant to be so. The conclusion is that our right can only be asserted with might. This lesson really starts at home, though.