On 8 October, he demanded, as a precondition for his signature, a derogation from the Charter of Fundamental Rights out of fear that it may abolish the Benes decrees on the expulsion of three million Germans from the Sudetenland
at the end of the Second World War and the expropriation of their property.
I wouldn't want you to get the wrong impression; providing you remember to click your heels, salute, and don't interfere with her plans for the annexation of the Sudetenland
, she can sometimes be perfectly reasonable.
Already Ikea's planetary takeover (Italy 1989, Hungary and Poland in 1990, the Czech Republic and United Arab Emirates in 1991...) reads like the advance of Nazi Germany in the 1930s - Rhineland, Austria, the Sudetenland
, Czechoslovakia, Poland .
October 1st, 1938 The German forces enter the Sudetenland
October 4th, 1948 Arthur, Whittam Brown, pioneer aviator, dies October 18th, 1748 The Treaty of Aix la Chapelle is signed, ending the War of the Austrian Succession October 19th, 1448 The Hungarians under John Hunyadi are defeated by the Ottoman Sultan Murad II at Kosovo October 22nd, 1798 Slave rebel Toussaint L'Ouverture drives the last French agent out of Santo Domingo October 27th, 1798 The French invasion of Ireland collapses October 29th, 1618 Sir Walter Ralegh is executed
With regard to Prince Charles' comments about Vladimir Putin, it is an indisputable fact that Russia's illegal annexation of the Crimea is the same as Nazi Germany's illegal annexation of the Sudetenland
in 1938 and in that narrow sense Putin is just as bad as Hitler.
When Mr Putin threatens to invade Ukraine if Ukrainians of Russian origin are in danger, he is repeating Hitler's Sudetenland
argument for invading Czechoslovakia.
It concerns the Benes decrees proclaimed by the government of Czechoslovakia at the end of the Second World War recommending the expulsion of three million Germans from the Sudetenland
for collaboration with the Nazi regime and confiscation of their property.
ANSWERS: 1 Mud; 2 The thorax; 3 Darwin; 4 Leaves used in salads; 5 The Sudetenland
; 6 Sir Humphr(e)y - Davy being the inventor of the safety lamp and Appleby the cabinet secretary; 7 The Birds; 8 Jeff Thomson; 9 Grenada; 10 Milan.
"That argument, while often advanced by well-meaning people, is as limited as the belief in the Thirties that, by allowing Germany to remilitarise the Rhineland or take over the Sudetenland
, we would satisfy Nazi ambitions
Charles was perfectly in order to compare the annexation of the Crimea with Nazi invasion of the Sudetenland
in the late '30s.
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).
ANSWERS: 1 A subpoena; 2 Frank Sinatra; 3 The Office of the Lord Chancellor; 4 Milan; 5 Ashford; 6 Sudetenland
; 7 Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart; 8 The