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Czech president slams European Union

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 22 (UPI) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus says that European Union membership will signal the end of his country as an independent sovereign state.

Czech parliament passes key EU tax law

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 22 (UPI) -- The Czech parliament passed a new tax law Thursday bringing value-added taxes in line with European Union requirements.

Czechs postpone key tax vote

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 20 (UPI) -- The Czech parliament agreed Tuesday to postpone a key vote on a value-added tax until Thursday to allow an injured parliamentarian to participate.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Nov. 30, the 334th day of 2003 with 31 to follow.
By United Press International

Czech president critical of EU

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus says in an interview with UPI that Europe is moving toward a single political entity, which detracts from political accountability.

Vaclav Klaus on the Euro

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- At the Cato Institute's 21st Monetary conference Thursday, Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, expressed considerable skepticism about the desirability of the euro, both in general and for central European potential members such as the Czech Re
MARTIN HUTCHINSON, UPI Business and Economics Editor

Czechs vote to join European Union

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, June 14 (UPI) -- Czechs voted overwhelmingly Saturday to join the European Union, according to exit polls.

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Nov. 30, the 334th day of 2002 with 31 to follow.
By United Press International

Analysis: Europe's pariah strongman-I

SKOPJE, Macedonia, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Most of the post-communist countries in transition are ruled either by reformed communists or by authoritarian anti-communists. It is ironic that the West -- recently led more by the European Union than by the United States -- helps the former to get elec
BY SAM VAKNIN, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

Analysis: Europe's pariah strongman-I

SKOPJE, Macedonia, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Most of the post-communist countries in transition are ruled either by reformed communists or by authoritarian anti-communists. It is ironic that the West -- recently led more by the European Union than by the United States -- helps the former to get elec
SAM VAKNIN, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

The Bear's Lair: A poisonous interaction

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The Macedonian election result forms yet another element in an East European pattern, common to almost all the post-Marxist economies. Reformist governments, however successful their economic track record, have enormous difficulty in getting re-elected. T
MARTIN HUTCHINSON, UPI Business and Economics Editor

Bauer wins Cato Friedman award

WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- Peter Bauer, a distinguished British economist and professor emeritus at the London School of Economics, has been awarded the first Milton Friedman Prize for Ad

Analysis: The cost of forgiveness, Pt.1

As its disintegration in 1992 proved, Czechoslovakia may have been merely an artificial multi-ethnic chimera. But it was also an industrial and military powerhouse.
SAM VAKNIN, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

Commentary: Hungary's watershed elections

The Budapest Stock Exchange reached its zenith for the year earlier this month, having risen by a quarter since Jan. 1. It was buoyed by flows of foreign capital. Foreign investors disliked the outgoing government for its heavy handed interventionism and
SAM VAKNIN, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

Analysis: Hungary's Ever Closer Union

SKOPJE, Macedonia, March 21 (UPI) -- Russian mobsters love Budapest and not only for its views and cosmopolitan atmosphere. They can easily obtain a Hungarian passport posing as "investors" by laundering the proceeds of their illicit activities.
SAM VAKNIN, UPI Senior Business Correspondent
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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)
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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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