In Winning Form?

He has been the dominant force in Czech politics since the 1989 fall of communism. A Former Finance minister, two-time Prime Minister and most recently the powerful chairman of the lower house of the Czech parliament, he launched the country on the path of economic transformation, engineered the peaceful break-up of Czechoslovakia in 1992, and survived repeated charges of corruption and botching the country's privatization process.

Now Vaclav Klaus, 60, is back in the thick of politics with a campaign to regain the post of Prime Minister he last held in 1997, when a political donations scandal caused...

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