Vaclav Klaus VS Jan Svejnar : Presidency Battle

Who is Svejnar?

The hatred among those two professors seems paradoxical at the first sight. They both want lowering taxes or reduction of social welfare benefits. It is their political thinking, that makes the difference. Jan Svejnar was an advisor of Vaclav Havel, who is quite a rival of Vaclav Klaus as they are two completely different personalities, and are/were presidents of the Czech Republic.

Vaclav Klaus and Jan Svejnar have always talked about each other in a way ‘what a statement’. For example, Svejnar published in Transition an article about Czech privatization : „To have a great geographic location, better conditions than most of the countries in that region and a cooperative Central bank, and nonetheless as the only country get the economy into recession, that is a bad outcome indeed. Vaclav Klaus will be remembered for this debacle.“

Klaus answered in his typical manner – by an impeach. „Svejnar…is a favorite analyst of the post – communist era, who won’t get his hands dirty by his personal involvement.“ Also, he indirectly answered to Svejnar’s Transition : „To converse from communism to a free society and market economy was not an exercise in applied economy or politics science… to live in an academic world is fine, but if anyone enters politics, there will be adequate changes. It is not possible to have the better from both worlds.“

Today, The emigrant from the former communist Czechoslovakia Jan Svejnar goes to introduce himself to the KSCM – the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia of today. The party is going give him some questions. He was nominated by two Czech political parties already

Based on: Vaclav Dolejsi article

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