The New Good Soldier Švejk

So, Prague’s become an honorary capital of Europe for the period the EU presidency! The Prime Minister is already boasting of his success in negotiating gas supply for Europe over the weekend (so we continue to be warm, and hope you are warm too. Better not think of what it’ll cost though!).

One just wonders how this EU presidency will continue. The other day, the Financial Times’s Tony Barber had an interesting observation regarding another key person in Czech life – not the Prime Minister, but the famous President of the country, who upon having to welcome the European Commission into Prague clearly showed his disdain towards the whole thing, and did his best to insult the president of the Commission. Apologies to those who are getting fed up by our interest in this personality, but we just can’t stop being amazed. Barber suggests Klaus has what it takes to be the 21st century’s Good Soldier Švejk. Hmm, not so sure… But wonder what others think.

Here’s the aforementioned column – titled “Vaclav Klaus poops the EU’s party at Prague Castle”!

– Lina & Keith

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