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LN: Former Czech president Klaus’s son is back in ODS

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Prague, Jan 21 (CTK) – Vaclav Klaus Junior, a son of former Czech President Vaclav Klaus (2003-2013), will return to the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), founded by his father and left by both of them several years ago, daily Lidove noviny writes yesterday.
Born in 1969, Klaus Junior was headteacher of the prestigious private secondary school PORG from 1998-2014, LN writes.
In 2008, he left the party in protest against the path on which it embarked under the leadership of former ODS leader Mirek Topolanek (2002-2010, prime minister from 2006-2009), the successor to Klaus’s father.
Roughly two years ago, Klaus Junior made some overtures to the ODS. As an aide to current ODS leader Petr Fiala, he often protests against the government steps in the sphere of education, LN writes.
The coalition concept [of education] is an “offence to the parents and teachers,” Klaus Junior has said.
After he established himself as an expert collaborating with the ODS, the time came for another step, LN writes.
There were speculations behind the scenes of the weekend congress of the ODS that Klaus Junior has submitted an application for re-entering the party his father established in the early 1990s, it adds.
Klaus Junior himself has refused to comment on the affair.
His work for the ODS makes sense, LN writes.
The party is facing a shortage of really impressive faces. Klaus Junior is considered an expert who is not afraid to say unpopular views in public, it adds.
Klaus’s father, who has promoted euro-sceptical ideas, left the party at the time Topolanek promised to accept the Lisbon Treaty and agreed with the European climate package, LN writes.
Klaus Junior has made no secret of his view that when chaired by Fiala, the ODS has “rectified” its foreign policy.
Until recently, he kept the position of his role of expert. He already cooperated with Fiala when the latter was education minister (2012-2013) in the government of Petr Necas (ODS), LN writes.
Klaus Junior directly intervened in politics when the first direct presidential election in the Czech Republic was held in March 2013.
Like his father and mother Livia Klausova, now ambassador to Slovakia, he backed the leftist candidate, Milos Zeman, who defeated his conservative rival Karel Schwarzenberg (TOP 09).

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