Vaclav Havel

Havel slams Klaus for newest Lisbon Treaty demand

Former Czech president Vaclav HavelPrague  - Former Czech president Vaclav Havel, an icon of Europe's anti-Communist resistance, slammed his successor and long- standing rival, President Vaclav Klaus, over his latest move to block ratification of the European Union's reform treaty.

"I do not want to get into psychology and analyze what leads him to his behaviour," he told reporters at a rare press conference in Prague. "I just state that I find it very irresponsible and dangerous."

Havel: Obama's missile shield U-turn "a pity" for Czechs

Havel: Obama's missile shield U-turn "a pity" for Czechs Prague - Former Czech president Vaclav Havel, a supporter of the Bush administration's plans to build missile defence bases in Eastern Europe, expressed regrets Friday that US President Barack Obama scrapped the project.

"Russia is testing us," Havel said in a statement posted on his website. "She is testing how much we fear her. It is a pity that we cannot complete this test to the end."

Former Czech leader Havel to direct film based on his latest play

Former Czech leader Havel to direct film based on his latest playPrague  - Former Czech president and playwright Vaclav Havel plans to direct a film based on his latest play, Leaving, his first screen directing experience, Havel's office confirmed Tuesday.

"It is his final decision. It took him a long time to make," Mlada Fronta Dnes daily quoted the film's producer Radka Kadlecova as saying. "He has his own clear idea about the film."

Leaving, Havel's first play in 20 years, opened in Prague in May 2008, marking a successful theatrical comeback.

Not enough human rights talk, says Havel in Bonn

Not enough human rights talk, says Havel in BonnBonn, Germany - Human rights issues are not adequately discussed in the European Union, former Czech president Vaclav Havel told reporters in Bonn Friday, just before he was handed a 10,000- euro (13,000-dollar) democracy prize.

Havel, 72, said public debate focussed too much on economic topics and not enough on rights and freedoms.

Israel to stick to peace process, Israeli president assures Czechs

Israel to stick to peace process, Israeli president assures Czechs Prague  - The new Israeli government is prepared to respect a two-state solution in its conflict with the Palestinians, former Czech president Vaclav Havel was reported saying Tuesday after meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Havel said Peres provided the assurances after Havel expressed concerns that the new Israeli government will not support the establishment of a Palestinian state because the new Israeli government's coalition includes parties which have rejected compromises toward the Palestinians.

Former Czech president Vaclav Havel released from hospital

Vaclav HavelPrague - Former Czech president Vaclav Havel was released from a Prague hospital on Thursday, nearly three weeks after he was admitted with a throat inflammation.

"His condition has improved so that we can release him to home care," said Martina Pelichovska, a member of the medical team that treated the former president.

The 72-year-old playwright underwent a minor throat operation on January 12, but phlegm subsequently clogged his weakened right lung.

The resulting pneumonia threatened Havel's life and he remained in intensive care during the entire hospital stay, doctors said Thursday.

Doctors say former Czech president Havel to remain in intensive care

Vaclav HavelsPrague - Former Czech president Vaclav Havel's condition has improved slightly but remained serious, doctors said Thursday, three days after he was admitted to a Prague hospital with throat inflammation.

Doctors said that antibiotics helped to suppress inflammation in Havel's throat after a minor operation on Monday, in which surgeons removed a septic cavity.

The 72-year-old was sleeping well and reading newspapers in hospital, the doctors said. Havel would, however, remain in intensive care as he needed to wear a respiratory mask to aid his breathing, him with breathing, the hospital unit's head Martina Pelechovska.

Former Czech president Vaclav Havel in hospital

Former Czech president Vaclav Havel in hospital Prague  - Former Czech president and playwright Vaclav Havel, an icon of anti-communist resistance, has been treated in a Prague hospital with "an inflammatory illness," his office said Tuesday.

Havel underwent an operation at hospital's otorhinolaryngology clinic, hospital spokeswoman Eva Jurinova said. She said his condition was "stabilized, nevertheless serious."

Neither the hospital, to which Havel was admitted Monday, nor Havel's office would provide further details.

Vaclav Havel works on Milos Forman's planned new film

Prague  - Former Czech president Vaclav Havel has agreed to work with Czech-American film director Milos Forman on his planned new film, Havel's office confirmed Thursday.

Havel, a communist-era dissident playwright, has cooperated on a screenplay with Forman for a film about the 1938 Munich Conference, in which Czechoslovak allies allowed Hitler to annex the country's German-inhabited border regions.

Czechs view the deal, signed on September 30 by France, Germany, Italy and Britain, as a betrayal by the French who failed to honour military alliances between Paris and Prague.

Don't shy away from the Russians, Havel urges West

PraguePrague- Former Czech president Vaclav Havel Tuesday urged the West to speak up to Russia despite its economic interests.

Speaking at a conference on Asia-Pacific Security Challenges in Prague, Havel said economic interests should not make the West "shy away from speaking about what it does not like about Russia's politics".

Havel has earlier criticized "Russian aggression" in Georgia, backing Tbilisi in a brief war with Moscow last month over breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Havel calls on IOC to lift internet censorship at Beijing Olympics

Prague  - Former Czech president Vaclav Havel urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to enable full access to information at the Beijing Olympics, according to an open letter released Thursday by a Czech human rights group.

The letter says that Olympians must learn about China's human rights record as the Olympic Charter puts sports at the service of promoting "a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity".

The signatories of the letter, released by the Prague-based Olympic Watch, also include South African Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Member of European Parliament Baroness Emma Nicholson and Chinese democratic activist Wei Jingsheng.




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