The Czech president has ruled out flying the European flag over Prague Castle when his country takes up the European presidency in January.
Vaclav Klaus had made his eurosceptic views very clear since he took office in 2003. He has frequently criticised the European Union for being “too bureaucratic”.
Now he has made it clear there is no place at his official residence for the EU flag.
It is all a far cry from when France assumed the presidency at the beginning of this summer. Then an elaborate ceremony was staged in Paris.
When the Czech Republic joined the EU Vaclav Klaus anounced that his country would never become a province of the European Union.