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

EU studying continent-wide smoking ban

BRUSSELS, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The European Commission is examining a possible ban on smoking in all public places across the 27-member European Union, officials say.

European wage gap 15 between genders

BRUSSELS, June 9 (UPI) -- More women than men are joining the workforce in Europe but the wage gap between women and men persists, an EU Commission study showed.

EU Parliament adopts discrimination policy

STRASBOURG, France, May 20 (UPI) -- The European Parliament adopted a resolution Tuesday calling on the European Commission to adopt a comprehensive anti-discrimination policy.

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

Four more EU members open jobs

BRUSSELS, May 1 (UPI) -- European Union workers from newer member states are being allowed to hunt for work inside four older member states.

Eastern workers enjoy wider EU job choice

BRUSSELS, May 1 (UPI) -- Workers of Eastern European countries that joined the European Union two years ago have seen only a small opening of EU-wide employment opportunities.

New Czech government likely Tuesday

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 24 (UPI) -- An agreement to form a new Czech government should be signed among coalition parties Tuesday, Prime Minister designate Jiri Paroubek said Sunday.

EU to help members deal with globalization

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- Faced with a future of intense global competition, the European Commission announced this week that it would allocate $14.1 billion (11 billion euros) to regions in order to help EU countries with the costs of necessary economic changes while promoting th
DONNA BORAK, UPI Business Correspondent

EU considers green cards for migrants

BRUSSEL, Belgium, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The European Union is considering using identification cards similar to U.S. "green cards" to regulate immigrants it needs to counter a shrinking labor force.

Czech Communist take second place in polls

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The largely unreformed Czech Communist Party has edged out the ruling Social Democrats to take second place in the polls, the CTK news agency reported Friday.

Czech Social Democrats get poll boost

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The ruling Social Democrats in the Czech Republic have gained in opinion polls since the accession of Prime Minister Stanislav Gross.

New Czech government wins confidence vote

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- The new Czech government has won a confidence vote giving it the right to govern until elections in 2006, the Mlada Fronta Dnes newspaper reported Wednesday.

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.

Czech coalition signs government deal

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Czech Prime Minister Stanislav Gross announced Monday the leaders of three parties have signed a deal on a new, coalition government.
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Vladimír Špidla (Czech pronunciation: ) (born 22 April 1951 in Prague) is a Czech social democratic politician. He was the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic in July 2002 – June 2004 and then was appointed Czech commissioner in the European Commission where he serves at the post of employment, social affairs and equal opportunities.

Špidla studied history at Charles University of Prague. His thesis was Založení Živnostenské banky (Establishment of the Trading Bank). After his graduation in 1976, he took up a number of jobs including menial as he refused to fulfil political obligations necessary for better-qualified ones; he also worked as an archaeologist. He is married for the second time; he has two sons from his first marriage and another two children acquired by marriage. His hobbies include cross-country and marathon running. He speaks German and French, but his English is weaker; this was used to doubt his qualification for the EC.

After the Velvet revolution he entered local politics in the town of Jindřichův Hradec where he lived and immediately joined the re-founded Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD, then called Czechoslovak Social Democracy). In 1991-1996 he served as the director of the local job centre. In 1992, he became a member of the Presidium of ČSSD, in March 1997 its statutory Vice-Chairman, and in April 2001 Chairman of ČSSD after its previous chairman Miloš Zeman stepped aside. In 1996 he was elected to the parliament. He held the post of the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Affairs in Zeman's government (22 July 1998 to 12 July 2002).

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