This statement was made by Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic Monday, the day when French President Nicolas Sarkozi is on an official visit in Prague.
The Czech Republic is one of the eight EU countries, which have not yet ratified the Lisbon Reform Treaty.
Not even British MP's are as ignorant as the Czech President.
A total of eight British MP's have nominated Esperanto for the Nobel Peace Prize.
How sad that a national 'leader' should have such a blinkered, nationalistic view. I agree with other contributors: Esperanto is alive and well, and my use of it, recently with Estonian, French, Serbian, Polish, Mongolian, Hungarian, Japanese, Slovakian and Argentianian correspondents, is not destroying my or their own sense of identity. We each exist on several layers, with a sense of 'community' at all levels - local. regional, national and international: Esperanto speakers simply reach - and enjoy - the fourth level more easily.
Esperanto John is right on both of his points. First, Esperanto is far from dead. It is spoken, written, and sung in various places around the world. It is often overlooked because it has no home, no country.
Although the lack of political, economic and even military backing makes Esperanto appear weak, it is actually part of the appeal of the language. It has no power to force out any other language. The Esperantists I know still speak their native languages with their families and the local language at work. The telephone shouldn't ever replace face to face conversations with friends, but it makes possible conversations with people around the globe. Esperanto serves a similar purpose, a linguistic rather than technological bridge.
Who says Esperanto is dead? A simple search on Google for the word Esperanto will show at least 38 million hits!!!
Esperanto is the opposite of Europeism. It is designed to protect languages like Czech, Polish, Italian, Danish and Bulgarian from eventual extinction by giving all nationalities an easy to learn second language for their international use.