Communists prop up Czech government

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 1 (UPI) -- The Czech Republic's Social Democrat-led government survived a no-confidence vote Friday, but only thanks to cooperation from the Communist Party.

Czech Republic president writes book

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, March 5 (UPI) -- Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus has announced he will release his latest book at a news conference Monday in Dallas.

Czech president urges Europe referendum

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus was quoted Monday as saying his country should hold a referendum on Europe's new constitution.

Czech president slams EU constitution

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The proposed European Union constitution is a threat to freedom and democracy in Europe, Czech President Vaclav Klaus told Czech Radio Thursday.

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Czech President welcomes Bush win

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus welcomed George W. Bush's presidential election victory Wednesday, calling him a standard bearer of American values.

Czech president vetoes euro arrest warrant

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Euroskeptic Czech President Vaclav Klaus has vetoed a law making his country a party to the European arrest warrant, Czech Television reported Tuesday.

Czech former communist starts jail term

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- An 80-year-old Czech communist has begun a four year jail term for his role in helping suppress Czechoslovakia's reform movement in 1968.

Czech president appoints new government

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus formally appointed a new government Wednesday with Stanislav Gross as prime minister, Czech Television reported.

Acting Czech PM starts talks on government

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, July 3 (UPI) -- Acting Czech Prime Minister Stanislav Gross began talks Saturday aimed at forming a new government.

Czech PM Spidla formally resigns

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, July 1 (UPI) -- Czech Prime Minister Vladimir Spidla formally resigned Thursday, leaving his would-be successor a formidable task in trying to form a new government.

Czechs prepare for Euro soccer semifinal

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, July 1 (UPI) -- The people of the Czech Republic woke up Thursday morning with only one thing on their minds -- the European Championship soccer semifinal against Greece.

Czech PM says to quit if loses party vote

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, June 21 (UPI) -- Czech Prime Minister Vladimir Spidla said Monday he would quit the premiership if his Social Democratic party votes to remove him as party leader.

Czech PM calls confidence vote after polls

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, June 14 (UPI) -- Czech Prime Minister Vladimir Spidla called Monday for a vote of confidence on his premiership from his Social Democratic Party.

Euro leaders worry about low voter turnout

WARSAW, Poland, June 12 (UPI) -- Concerned about voter apathy in this week's European elections, leaders of new EU member countries urged the public Saturday to go to the polls.
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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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