The Czech president, Václav Klaus, had a New Year’s lunch with the leader of the Civic Democrats, Mirek Topolánek, on Wednesday. Speaking afterwards, Mr Topolánek said that both men had agreed on the necessity of combating the Czech Republic’s swelling public finance deficit. After also holding talks with the prime minister and the chairs of the two houses of the Czech Parliament, President Klaus will on Monday have lunch with the leader of the country’s biggest left-wing, the Social Democrats Jiri Paroubek.
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