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BBC Radio 4: Profile: Vaclav Klaus

When you are head of state of the country about to hold the EU presidency, you might normally be looking forward to a taste of the international limelight, and a busier, more prestigious schedule than usual.

But Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, may be relishing his country's assumption of EU leadership in January for very different reasons - as an opportunity to publicise views which other EU leaders will not enjoy hearing.

For Mr Klaus, a steely, bespectacled economist who came to sudden prominence after the Czechoslovak revolution against communism, is a vehement Eurosceptic.

This edition of Profile was first broadcast on Saturday, 27 December 2008 at 1900 GMT on BBC Radio 4. You can catch up with past programmes on the BBC iPlayer or subscribe to the podcast.


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