Klaus reiterates view that communism collapsed due to internal weaknesses
The Czech president, Václav Klaus, has reiterated his view that the communist regimes of Europe collapsed mainly because of internal weaknesses. He made the comments at a conference in the United States on the role played by Ronald Reagan in the fall of communism. Mr Klaus said if there were external reasons for that collapse, Mr Reagan and the former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher had contributed. The Czech president has previously suggested that the role of dissidents in bringing about the end of communism was exaggerated.