Václav Klaus: Thatcher’s demise huge loss for Europe

Former Czech president Václav Klaus has described former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s demise as a huge loss for Europe. Mr. Klaus said Margaret Thatcher was one of great leaders of the 20th century; a dedicated proponent of freedom, democracy and market economy. Himself a former prime minister who shared Mrs. Thatcher’s views, Mr. Klaus recalled their cooperation in the post communist days saying Margaret Thatcher had given the Czech government staunch support and valuable advice as it undertook the transformation from a communist-controlled state to a market economy. He said her voice would be sadly missed in Europe and urged that her legacy should not be forgotten.