Ex-minister questions Czech independence

Jan Mladek, a Czech member of parliament and former government minister, has claimed that Vaclav Klaus, the president of the Czech Republic, is abusing his power to appoint senior members of the Czech National Bank's staff.

In a comment piece for Hospodarske Noviny, a newspaper, Mladek accused Klaus, who is responsible for appointing the central bank's board, of choosing council members who favour his anti-euro stance. Were the Czechs to adopt the single currency, it might lead to higher rates

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