Klaus, you will recall, is the man hailed as the Czechs' Margaret Thatcher. A merciless market reform sort of fellow. In the end he turned out to run a rather corrupt government that all too often let the public mood dictate its zeal for reform. [...]Next time you or someone else wants to argue that Klaus is the real reformer of the two Vaclavs, check out this Dec. 9, 1997 Havel speech, delivered soon after Klaus' government finally collapsed over a corruption scandal and banking collapse (both precipitated by Klaus' failure to, you know, reform). Posted by at March 1, 2003 07:38 PM
His obstinacy has paid off. Someone had to get elected eventually. Yet the role is largely ceremonial. He can pontificate at home. But Havel had global appeal because he is Havel, not because he was President of the Czech Republic.