recommend not provoking [Czech] President Klaus, hoping that he will find
himself incapacitated of continuing with his project [delaying the ratification
of the Lisbon Treaty until the British elections]. Personally, I believe we
ought to keep a firm hand since everyone has already voted, including the Czech
Republic. A single man will not know how to oppose the will of 500 million
Europeans. The European Council that will take place at the end of the month
will be the right occasion to test the determination of Europeans and to put
pressure on the Czech President.