Petr Mach elected chairman of Party of Free Citizens
Petr Mach has been elected chairman of the Party of Free Citizens, a new eurosceptic party that aims to win over dissatisfied right-wing voters. The Party of Free Citizens is gearing up for the June elections to the European Parliament with a campaign directed against the Lisbon treaty. It is also in favour of a referendum on euro adoption. The party’s constituent assembly received greetings and good wishes from President Václav Klaus who indicated that some of its stated goals, were close to his own heart. President Klaus’ youngest son Jan is a member of the new party. The party’s founder and chairman Petr Mach is the executive director of the Centre of Economics and Politics. He has in the past worked closely with the Czech president who is known for his eurosceptic views.