Klaus comeback - what are the odds?
There was a flurry of speculation this summer that the former president, Václav Klaus, was contemplating a return to active politics, even that he would lead a new party of conservative eurosceptics into October's early election. The speculation was fuelled by Jana Bobošíková, a Klaus admirer and leader of the nationalist Sovereignty party. In the end, the idea withered as quickly as it appeared; Mr Klaus announced he would not be standing. The next opportunity, therefore, is next year's Senate, regional or European Parliament elections. But is a comeback truly a realistic prospect? I discussed that question with Petr Just, a political scientist teaching at Metropolitan University in Prague.
If he did find a way to return to domestic politics, surely any such return would naturally have to start with an MP's seat or maybe a senator's seat again? And that strikes me as a bit beneath a man who has held the highest ranks of office in this country.
And as we know, Václav Klaus is someone who likes the spotlight.
"Václav Klaus is a very self-centred person. He likes to be admired. He likes to have people around him who show him admiration. This is the reason why he is so close to Mrs Bobošíková or Boris Stastný, the MP. And definitely holding a position of MP, without any major office, without any major function, would leave Václav Klaus very nervous I would say."
Other men, other former statesmen, 72 years of age, would be playing a few rounds of golf, or tennis perhaps, accepting well-paid speaking appointments and writing books. That doesn't seem to be enough for Václav Klaus.