Der Standard caught off guard by allegedly brash president

16-11-2012

The Austrian daily Der Standard has reported that an interview with President Václav Klaus during the Czech head-of-state’s visit to Vienna this week went differently than planned – with Mr Klaus allegedly cutting things short after just a few minutes. The newspaper maintains that even though the interview was agreed to in advance, the president allowed only four questions. The reporter asked about the president's views on further EU integration and nationalism before time ran out. Spokesman Radim Ochvat denied the interview had been planned and suggested it was impromptu on the heels of a book presentation and signing. He also said it was also not an exclusive interview but that other journalists were present. Der Standard noted that the Czech president left without a saying a word.