Zeman wins Czech presidential election

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Former Czech Prime Minister Milos Zeman has won the Czech Republic's presidential election with 55 percent in a second round of polling, officials said.

Czech president's security chief resigns

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The chief of security for Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus says he has stepped down in the aftermath of a mock assassination attempt on the leader.

Man shoots Czech president with gaming gun

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus sustained a minor injury Saturday when a man shot him with a replica gun in the town of Chrastava, authorities said.
World leaders pay respects to Havel

World leaders pay respects to Havel

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- World leaders gathered in Prague Friday to pay their respects for former Czech President Vaclav Havel, who led the 1989 overthrow of communism, officials said.
Czech leader bemoans too many universities

Czech leader bemoans too many universities

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, March 17 (UPI) -- The Czech Republic has too many universities for its population, President Vaclav Klaus told an education summit in Prague.
Czech president signs Lisbon treaty

Czech president signs Lisbon treaty

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus signed the Lisbon treaty Tuesday, meaning the agreement can come into force as the European Union's governing framework.
Czech leader ready to agree to EU changes

Czech leader ready to agree to EU changes

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus signaled Friday he would sign a European Union treaty that will include a change he sought at the last minute.
Czech court to hear Lisbon challenge

Czech court to hear Lisbon challenge

BRNO, Czech Republic, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic says it has set a date for a hearing on the proposed Lisbon Treaty.

Czech president causes delay in EU treaty

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus brought up a new obstacle to ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, leaving the Czech Republic the wild card in its implementation.

Czech P.M. tries to reassure EU on treaty

BRUSSELS, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Czech Republic Prime Minister Jan Fischer told European Union leaders Wednesday the country will not be an obstacle to ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.

Lisbon: Klaus and Kaczynksi under pressure

BRUSSELS, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- After getting Ireland's backing for the EU reform, Brussels now needs to convince Poland and the Czech Republic to support the Lisbon Treaty.

EU is not pressuring Czechs to sign treaty

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A trip by the European Parliament president to the Czech Republic is not meant to pressure Czech President Vaclav Klaus on the Lisbon Treaty, officials said.
Czech president warned not to delay treaty

Czech president warned not to delay treaty

BRUSSELS, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy has warned that the Czech Republic would face repercussions if it holds up ratification of the EU's Lisbon Treaty.

Czechs hike police to curb extremists

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, July 29 (UPI) -- Czech Interior Minister Martin Pecina says he will introduce additional police patrols to curb incidents provoked by ultra-right extremists.

Czech-Canada visa issue needs negotiations

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, July 6 (UPI) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus Monday said Canada and the Czech Republic should try to maintain bilateral travel rules without visas.
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Vaclav Klaus
Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus speaks at the National Press Club in Washington on May 27, 2008. President Klaus discussed the environment and his book Blue Planet in Green Shackles. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Václav Klaus (Czech pronunciation: ; born 19 June 1941) is the second President of the Czech Republic (since 2003, reelected 2008) and a former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic (1992–1997). An economist by trade, he is co-founder of the Civic Democratic Party, the Czech Republic's largest center-right political party. Klaus, who is a eurosceptic, is opposed to the Lisbon treaty, which at one point needed his signature to come into force. He has been called "the Margaret Thatcher of Central Europe".

Klaus grew up in the upper-middle class residential Vinohrady neighborhood of Prague and graduated from the University of Economics, Prague in 1963; he also spent some time at universities in Italy (1966) and Cornell University in the United States (1969).

During the Prague Spring he published articles on economics in the pro-reform, non-communist magazine Tvář (The Face) and the leading weekly Literární noviny. He then pursued a postgraduate academic career at the (state) Institute of Economics of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, which he left (by his account, being forced out for political reasons) in 1970. He subsequently, from 1971 to 1986, held various positions at the Czechoslovak State Bank. In 1987 Klaus joined the Prognostics Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.

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