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“Well-known Eurosceptic Václav Klaus is looking around Brussels,” reports the daily, quoting a member of the departing Czech president’s entourage. Klaus might start as a regular MEP after the 2014 European elections before trying to reach a higher position.

“His voice in Europe would be inspirational for many,” said Trade and Industry Minister and close ally Martin Kuba. Václav Klaus, 72, will leave office on March 7 and intends to remain in the public eye via his Václav Klaus Institute, and collaboration with the American libertarian think-tank the Cato Institute.