Opposition party calls president to order

06-09-2011

The opposition Social Democrats have called on President Vaclav Klaus to consult his foreign policy statements with the government and not damage the Czech Republic’s image abroad. Deputy speaker of the lower house Lubomír Zaorálek said the president was acting like a lone player and ignoring the fact that in a parliamentary democracy it is the government which sets the foreign policy line. He accused Mr. Klaus of voicing his own views and defending his own interests when he should be mindful of the best interests of the Czech Republic. The Czech president recently made headlines when he publicly slammed the government’s foreign policy and referred to the Greeks as lazy ouzo drinkers, though he said later he had been misinterpreted.