Czech president delays EU treaty signing

Czech president delays EU treaty signing

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, May 11 (UPI) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus may face impeachment if he resists signing the European Union's Lisbon treaty, a lawmaker said.
Czech senate ratifies EU Lisbon treaty

Czech senate ratifies EU Lisbon treaty

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, May 6 (UPI) -- The upper house of the Czech parliament Wednesday approved the European Union's Lisbon treaty, which reforms EU administration, Prague Radio said.

Czechs work on EU-South Korea free trade

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 22 (UPI) -- The Czech Republic's prime minister said the European Union and South Korea could conclude a free trade agreement by the end of June, Prague Radio reported.
Czech interim PM appointed

Czech interim PM appointed

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 9 (UPI) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus Thursday appointed economist Jan Fischer as interim prime minister to lead the Cabinet until early elections in October.
Klaus remarks spark EU walkout

Klaus remarks spark EU walkout

BRUSSELS, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus angered members of the European parliament Thursday, prompting a walkout.

Atlantic Eye: Darth Klaus's revisionist spin

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus would have you think he was an anti-communist warrior. He would have you think he ran subversive seminars against the ideology. Nothing fills his ego more than overstating his role. What Vaclav Klaus did best during communism was to keep his head low and connive after his convenience.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Czech radar opponents demand review

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Opponents of a plan to put anti-missile radar in the Czech Republic say the country's Constitutional Court should examine the agreements.

Czechs call for end to Lisbon treaty

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, June 14 (UPI) -- Czech leaders called for an end to the ratification process of the European Commission's Lisbon treaty in the wake of its rejection in an Irish referendum.

Czech crown jewels on display in castle

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 19 (UPI) -- A castle in Prague is the site of a new display of a collection of the Czech Republic's crown jewels, event organizers say.

Czech delays fingerprinted passports

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 11 (UPI) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus has signed a bill postponing the issuing of passports bearing the fingerprints of owners until 2009.
Report: Merkel to miss Beijing Olympics

Report: Merkel to miss Beijing Olympics

BERLIN, March 29 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become the first world leader to announce she will not be at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, a German official confirmed.

Atlantic Eye: A communist-apologist wins

HAMILTON, Ontario, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus barely won a second five-year term from Parliament on the weekend. In a tough contest, Klaus was given a run for his money by US/Czech academic Jan Svejnar. Only after the third round -- and after a three-week delay -- did Klaus secure victory. Klaus should have been unceremoniously dumped.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 30, 2007.
By United Press International

Czech president: Respect radar base fears

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus said the two-thirds of Czechs who oppose plans for a U.S. radar base should have their views respected.

Bush arrives in Germany for G8

ROSTOCK, Germany, June 5 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush arrived in Germany late Tuesday in advance of the Group of Eight summit after first taking Russia to task over Democratic reforms.
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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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