Czech Reforms: Klaus May Keep Wearing The Velvet Gloves

On billboards plastering the Czech countryside in anticipation of parliamentary elections on May 31 and June 1, the stern image of Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus is nowhere to be seen. That's because his brusque style doesn't endear him to voters. Instead, his Civic Democratic Party trumpets his success in managing the economy. "The Czech krona--on the way to a world currency," says one of many such billboards, which seem somewhat bizarre.

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