Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The sausage struggle

"So we have another war raging in the EU and this time it's a pretty greasy one," Kateřina Šafaříková comments, amused by the Czechs' protests against Slovakia and Poland's attempts to have their varieties of "Speckwurst" (bacon sausages) recognised as national specialities. The sausages in question are known as "špekáčky" in the Czech Republic and have long been a favourite dish there. Under pressure from Czech sausage producers, the ministry of agriculture in Prague now plans to lodge an official complaint against the efforts of the Slovaks and Poles in Brussels, in an effort "to protect Czech interests. But do sausages really belong to the category of state interests? State interests are politically defined. They include the stability of the national currency, domestic security and peaceful coexistence with one's neighbours - but sausages?"

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