November 30, 1997 |
Battered by a campaign finance scandal, Czech Premier Vaclav Klaus resigned Saturday after half of his 16-member Cabinet quit. "I have decided to resign from the post of premier, and that means the whole government steps down," Klaus said, adding that he will have no part in any future Cabinet. His move followed a public demand Saturday from President Vaclav Havel that he quit. It was the first time Havel had taken a public stand after months of pressure for Klaus' resignation.
March 1, 2003 |
Lawmakers elected former Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus on Friday to succeed his longtime rival, Vaclav Havel, as Czech president. Klaus won a drawn-out struggle for the presidency in part through an effort to change his image from an abrasive and arrogant right-winger to a statesman determined to listen to all views and represent all citizens.
June 8, 1992 |
Vaclav Klaus, the likely prime minister after weekend elections in Czechoslovakia, said Sunday that he will begin negotiations today with his Slovak counterpart, Vladimir Meciar, on the formation of a new government. Klaus spoke with reporters after a two-hour meeting with President Vaclav Havel. Presidential aides said Havel instructed Klaus to begin the process of putting together a government.
June 13, 1992 |
"They started it," Stefan Klemens said, "now let us finish it." Klemens, a 50-year-old delivery truck driver, had just stood in line for 20 minutes Friday in Prague's fabled Wenceslas Square to sign a petition. In effect, the petition says to the Slovak republic, lately flirting with the idea of putting an end to the 74-year-old Czechoslovak state: "Go ahead. Get lost!"
October 11, 2009 |
Poland's president approved the European Union reform treaty Saturday, ratcheting up the pressure on the Czech Republic as the only nation yet to sign off on the agreement designed to sharpen EU decision-making and increase the bloc's influence. President Lech Kaczynski signed Poland's ratification of the so-called Lisbon Treaty at a ceremony attended by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and other EU leaders. The deal seeks to strengthen the bloc's institutions after its rapid expansion eastward, and must be ratified by all 27 EU nations.