Who won battle over Czech National Bank?

05-12-2000

President Vaclav Havel was diagnosed last week with bronchitis, and was supposed to be resting at home. Instead he spent several hours on Monday deep in discussion with the government over who has the right to appoint the governor of the central bank. The dispute erupted after President Havel appointed Zdenek Tuma, formerly the bank's vice-governor. The government said it didn't like Mr Tuma's views on inflation, and insisted the appointment needed the counter-signature of the prime minister. Well, Havel and the government emerged from Monday's meeting with something that looks like a compromise: Tuma's appointment stands--for now, at least--but the matter will be taken to the Constitutional Court for a final decision. So who came off best? A question Rob Cameron put to political lecturer Vladimira Dvorakova: