Final Word from Monday, August 9, 2004

KDU-ČSL Chair Miroslav Kalousek was excited about the possibility that President Jaromír Drábek of the Economic Chamber might become industry minister. He told Ekonom that KDU thought it would be very sexy to allow a civic group like the Economic Chamber to have a share in the power. He said KDU was ready to offer political cover to Drábek, an independent, as a way to show that it's serious about improving the business climate. However, after Drábek was passed over and Martin Jahn was named deputy premier for economics, Kalousek told the BBC that Jahn, as an independent, might find very soon that his ideas for improving the business climate aren't realizable. The will doesn't exist in Parliament to carry out true reform, he said. Strange, when Kalousek thought his man would get the reform agenda, he was brimming with optimism. atmosphere environment


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