President Vaclav Klaus of Czech Republic

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Czech diplomats in Brussels insist that Mr Klaus is not a big part of their plans and are trying to limit him to one speech to the European Parliament in February and chairing one international summit, either the EU-Canada or EU-Russia meeting.
Washington - Czech President Vaclav Klaus said Tuesday he is ready to debate Al Gore about global warming, as he presented the English version of his latest book that argues environmentalism poses a threat to basic human freedoms.
Klaus was speaking a the National Press Building in Washington to present his new book, Blue Planet in Green Shackles - What Is Endangered: Climate or Freedom?, before meeting with Vice President Dick Cheney Wednesday.
Klaus said a free market should be used to address environmental concerns and said he oppposed as unrealistic regulations or greenhouse gas capping systems designed to reduce the impact of climate change.
I think, though, that Klaus is right about facts and reason having no place here - it is my view that we have utterly lost the global warming debate; not on facts and reason, but because of relentless, alarmist propaganda, all too often joined in by politicians on the make and grant-mongering institutions and individuals.
English: Václav Klaus is the current president of the Czech Republic.
Klaus has offered to debate Al Gore about global warming, but environmental demagogues like Gore want no part of any rational debate.
In 1987 Klaus joined the Prognostics Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.
Since 1990, Václav Klaus has received nearly 50 honorary degrees and published over 20 books on various social, political, and economics subjects which are overwhelmingly collections of his own articles and speeches; the most recent of these are five yearbooks of his comments as president.
Václav Klaus is married to Livia Rosamunda Klausová, a Slovak economist.
It has been claimed that Klaus has had several extramarital affairs.
In summer 2002 Klaus was photographed by a tabloid as having a "special relationship" with 24 year old economy student Klára Lohniská; this was treated by both the press and the public with remarkable sympathy.
Klaus was the principal shaper of the Czechoslovak economic transformation.
In October 1990, Klaus was elected the OF's chairman by regional deputies despite the wish of the Prague dissidents who created it, prefiguring its split and founding of other political parties.
Jiří Dientsbier, the Foreign Minister and leader of the OF deposed by Klaus, has said "While we were concerned with running the country, Klaus was concerned with buildng his own power through attacking US as 'elitist.
In the aftermath of the election Klaus approached Špidla's opponent in the CSSD Stanislav Gross and offered his a renewed Opposition Agreement if he deposed Špidla.
Klaus was elected President of the Czech Republic by secret ballot of the parliament on 28 February, 2003 after two failed elections earlier in the month, in the third round of the election (both chambers vote on two top candidates jointly.
Klaus has honoured this and consults the Communists' leader regularly.
Having won his presidential election with the support of the communist votes, Klaus has modified his previously strident rhetoric to say that he considers himself to be a "non-communist" but not an anti-communist.
Since 2003 Klaus has been publishing articles praising the primary role of "the grey zone" as a positive influence during the communist regime, while downplaying the importance of the small minority of dissidents like Havel because of their "haughtiness.
Klaus has reversed Havel's policy of avoiding many countries like China.
Klaus received the 2007 Pushkin Medal for the promotion of Russian culture from Putin due to his use of Russian with Putin and with Russian diplomats.
Klaus has tried to cultivate friendly relationships with Russia and regularly defends it.
Václav Klaus has many times voiced his disagreement with Kosovo declaration of independence.
Klaus is a vocal critic of the notion that any global warming is man-made (anthropogenic): "Global warming is a false myth and every serious person and scientist says so.
Klaus said that "environmentalism is a religion" and, in an answer to the questions of the US.
Klaus was born in Prague and educated at the Prague School of Economics and Cornell University in the United States.
In 1970, during the repressive era that followed the invasion, Klaus was dismissed from his research post for political reasons.
Klaus joined the Civic Forum, a coalition of democratic reform forces founded by Czech political leader Václav Havel, and Klaus became a leading figure in the coalition’s negotiations with the failing Communist government.
As finance minister, Klaus supported the rapid implementation of free-market economic reforms.
In October 1990 Klaus was elected by an overwhelming majority as chairman of the Civic Forum and he became deputy prime minister in 1991.
Klaus was subsequently involved in negotiations to dissolve Czechoslovakia into two separate countries, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Gore's Nobel prize, Klaus's book in EnglishUpdate: Václav Klaus is just visiting Japan and his Japanese notes contain a message to the American non-Al-Gores.
I never said President Klaus is stupid, he is a smart man.
Klaus is a brave, lone crusader, a defender of liberty, the only European leader in the mold of the formidable Margaret Thatcher.
Klaus has criticized the course set by the union’s departing leader, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France.
Klaus had an aversion “to the rest of US, whom he had clearly consigned to the same Dumpster, with a sign on it saying ‘left-wing intellectuals.
Klaus was determined to bestow freedom.
Klaus was forced to resign as prime minister in November 1997 after a government crisis caused by a party financing scandal.
Havel Steps Back Into a Familiar Role: Czech DissidentBy PETER S.
Vaclav Klaus NavigatorA list of resources from around the Web about Vaclav Klaus as selected by researchers and editors of The New York Times.
When the "Velvet Revolution" started in November 1989, Klaus joined the Czech opposition organization, Civic Forum (CF.
After the elections of June 1990 Klaus remained Minister of Finance, whereas Komárek left the government.
In 2003 he was elected Czech president, succeeding the retiring Václav Havel, with whom Klaus was often at odds when he was prime minister.
Klaus has been an MPS member since 1990 and likes to attend the MPS meetings.
Václav Klaus is an indomitable defender of liberty, Europe’s only leader in the mould of the formidable Lady Thatcher.
I agree that Klaus has been an opportunist where domestic politics are concerned (though not a criminal, as another commenter suggests.
Klaus has sometimes seemed more national socialist than free-market liberal or libertarian.
Klaus is on oportunism to the EU is his deep fear one day comes when he will be treated at the court for his support of political and economic MAFIA in the CR after 1989 turnover and his direct and indirect support of communist party.
Klaus had already criticised the directive.
The link with the protection of people's health and safety is at least very doubtful, Klaus said in a letter to Miloslav Vlcek, chairman of the lower house, explaining his decision.
By using the veto, Klaus said he sought to boost missing political discussion during the law's passage in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.
BUDAPEST - Czech President Vaclav Klaus has offered fresh warnings that environmentalism and measures to curb climate change are a threat to human freedom.
Klaus is known for calling climate change "a false myth" or a "nonsensical fiction", and he opposes the Kyoto Protocol on limiting greenhouse gas emissions.
Vaclav Klaus was one of the leading political figures of post-communist Czechoslovakia and was prime minister of the Czech Republic between 1993 and 1997, leading the newly independent country in its economic transformation.
An enthusiastic supporter of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan's policies, Klaus was founder of the Civic Democrats (ODS), a neo-liberal party now in government.
In spite of their belonging to the same party, Klaus was unhappy about Topolanek's choice of coalition partners and did not make an effort to conceal his criticism.
Klaus is obviously more concerned with the market economy and $$prosperity.
In charge: Vaclav Klaus takes the reins of the European Union when his country assumes the rotating EU presidency on Jan 1.
Yet Klaus is providing an excuse for some Europeans, notably France, to voice unease.
and it has been reluctant to set a firm date for adopting the euro currency.
have made inside the coalition government.
Do you agree? Or do small climate changes demand far-reaching restrictive measures? Following an overwhelming response from readers, Mr Klaus has answered a selection of questions from the hundreds that were submitted.
President Klaus has been very vocal recently on the issues of global warming and environmentalism in general.
This is why Klaus is so opposed to the supporters of the notion of manmade global warming, who deploy political correctness more than solid science.
Vaclav Klaus was born in the Vinohrady district of Prague on June 19, 1941.
Vaclav Klaus is married to the economist Livia Klausova and has two sons and five grandchildren.
For many years in his youth Vaclav Klaus was top sportsman, playing basketball and volleyball, and also enjoys skiing and playing tennis.
That is why Klaus was delighted when a major Czech daily newspaper ran the complete text of a speech he gave last week -- in Tokyo -- to the The Mont Pelerin Society, a prestigious international economics organizationof which he is a member.
Klaus describes himself now as angry.
Klaus describes himself as a short run pessimist, but a long-term optimist.
An economist by training and a free marketeer by ideology, Klaus has criticized the course set by the unions departing leader, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France.
Klaus is a provocateur who will twist his arguments to get attention," said Jiri Pehe, a former adviser to Vaclav Havel, Klauss rival and predecessor aspresident.
To supporters, Klaus is a brave, lone crusader, a defender of liberty, the only European leader in the mold of the formidable Margaret Thatcher.
Aides say Klaus has a photo of the former British prime minister in his office near hisdesk.
And while other European leaders have criticized a newly assertive Russia, Klaus has forged close ties with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and recently distanced himself from the Czech governments criticism of Russia over the war with Georgia inAugust.
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Klaus has been credited with the quick transition of the Czech Republic from a communist to a capitalist economy.
After the translation of my first communitarian book, The Spirit of Community, into German, Klaus joined a seminar I was conducting in Alpbach, Austria, for the European Forum in 1998.
When Klaus heard that Havel had invited me to participate in his Forum 2000, Klaus simply said, “He is not my kind of a guy!” and for once Klaus was very much on the money.
Klaus is against the European Union, and now gets to be their rotating President.
Part of the reason other European countries are afraid of Klaus is that he is an avowed free-trader.
Klaus knows what he is talking about – he graduated from the University of Economics in Prague, and has studied at Cornell.
Klaus is against the government bail-outs in Europe.
Vaclav Klaus is the current President of the Czech Republic and co-founder of Civic Democratic Party.
After the second round of the 2008 elections, Klaus was re-elected to a second term as president.
Klaus has become infamous in his home country, and throughout Europe, for his blunt style, particularly regarding his criticism of the environmental movement.
3 Klaus has been similarly critical of the European Union, which he proposed dissolving as recently as 2005.
Cato Institute: The Economic Transformation of the Czech Republic: Challenges.
Prognostics Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.
Klaus is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.
market advocacy group based in Washington, D.
shaper of the Czechoslovak economic transformation.
as President, Klaus has only occasionally referred to corruption.
election (both chambers vote on two top candidates jointly.
Havel because of their "haughtiness.
and maintain friendly relationships with the former ally.
and, in an answer to the questions of the US.
his intellectual heroes, Friedman and Hayek.
But Klaus is not going to go away anytime soon.
President-elect Vclav Klaus is one of the heroes of the modern age," said John C.
As Distinguished Leader, President Klaus had planned a US.
Václav Klaus is President of the Czech Republic.
Klaus is credited with having introduced market reforms as Czechoslovakia's finance minister.
Klaus has criticized the EU as too centralized.
In contrast to a majority of Czech citizens, Klaus supports a US.
President Klaus has campaigned just as energetically in opposition to the Lisbon Treaty, a slightly disguised version of the EU Constitution that was rejected by French and Dutch voters.
Last month Klaus described the EU presidency as insignificant.
communist regime, offering his services as an economist.
foreign minister and the Civic Forum leader deposed by Klaus.
Klaus is an old-school champion of the free market.
John, Fredericksburg, USSAKlaus is a bad joke.
he is right criticising Gore's campain as a hoax and he echoes the voices of 31000 scientistsGina, Atlanta, USAVaclav Klaus is an arrogant and populist politician who routinely disregards facts and mocks opinions of experts to satisfy his ego.
Petr, Denver, USADr Klaus is a brilliant economist.
pretty funny if not so scaryVinny, Tucson, AZ, USAMr Klaus is a lone crusader among all top politicians.
Instead its rigid, bureaucratic body :-(Gene, Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republicpresident klaus is a good economist with a little of political culture.
But socialist EU dont like people like Klaus - and this is for me is OK !!!Paul, Hradec Kralove, Czech rep.
The current dispute between Russia and Ukraine over gas supply is not a European affair, but an economic issue between Russia and Ukraine, Czech President Vaclav Klaus said on Wednesday.
To say that President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic is not liked by Euro-elitists is a grand understatement.
Klaus has called man-made global warming a myth and questioned sanity of Al Gore, the former US vice-president who received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for turning a spotlight on climate change.
Klaus is notorious for not cooperating with such exercises, so the writers cast.
Czech President Vaclav Klaus said his country's tenure in the rotating European Union presidency will provide it with an opportunity to influence the bloc's policy.
month, the Czech Republic assumed the EU Presidency, and the new prominence that has afforded Czech President Vaclav Klaus has caused quite a stir.
New EU President Klaus Is a 'Figurehead'; Appellation Rarely Used on Predecessor Sarkozy.
President Vaclav Klaus is the head of state for the Czech Republic.
New EU President Klaus Is a Figurehead; Appellation Rarely Used.