Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Sunday, March 02, 2003

More heartburn for Chirac. The new Czech President, replacing that guy Chomsk despises for not understanding how nigh-Utopian Eastern Europe was under Soviet dominion, is a Euro-skeptic.

The Czech Republic's forthcoming membership of the European Union, and the stability of its government, were cast into uncertainty last night when Vaclav Klaus, a Thatcherite and Eurosceptic, snatched the presidency by the narrowest of margins.
In the third ballot of the third round of voting by parliament to elect a successor to Vaclav Havel, Mr Klaus, a former prime minister, secured the presidency by a single vote.

He received 142 votes, one more than the simple majority needed in the 281-seat house.

Although Mr Klaus is unlikely to run an overtly anti-EU campaign, his outspokenness could strain relations with France and Germany, which are already incensed by the Czechs' support for Washington's plans to go to war in Iraq.

Mr Klaus is an ardent Thatcherite monetarist who led the effort to break up Czechoslovakia in 1992 and then presided over the economic transformation of the Czech Republic through the 1990s.

Doesn't sound like the kind of guy who knows when he should 'shut up'.

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