>Paroubek: I have a cunning plan

>Today’s Lidové noviny reports that Czech Prime Minister Paroubek – still hanging on to office despite losing the elections in June – is to meet President Klaus to present a ‘wide-ranging plan’ (komplexní plan) to resolve the ongoing political deadlocks. Details are a secret, but he did make clear that it involves some kind of deal between the Social and Civic Democrats with any hint of a three party centre-right/Green coalition off the agenda. This re-run of political deals of 1996 and 1998 is an option that Klaus has been prepared to contemplate. Is the President about to help stitch up the hapless ODS leader Miroslav Topolánek, whom Klaus described on his election in a text message as ‘vacuous and phoney’?

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