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Martin Bartak, future Czech Defense Minister? And other names

Martin Bartack
(ODS) could fill the position of Defense Minister in the future Czech “technical transitional” government formed between the social democrats (CSSD) and the Christian democrats (ODS). A reshuffle made necessary after the vote of the motion of censure against the Topolanek government. Currently serving as Secretary of State for Defense, he is the candidate most often cited to replace the current minister Vlasta Parkanova (whose departure seems certain, his party not participating in the new transitional government). Born on February 14, 1967, neurosurgeon by profession (working at the “Na Homolce” hospital in Prague), Martin Bartak is the ODS's specialist in defense and security issues. He was notably the advisor to the vice-president of the ODS, Petr Necas (2002-2006). The new minister will have the task of chairing the meeting of EU Defense Ministers on May 18; the Czech Republic continuing, whatever it may, despite its internal difficulties, to preside over the EU until June 30, 2009.

(Updated) For Foreign Affairs, the social democrats proposed Jan Kohout. A very experienced diplomat, well versed in European affairs. Member of the CSSD, member of the European Convention, Kohout was the first Czech ambassador to the EU from May 2004 to 2008. He refused the office of Prime Minister in 2005, and is today one of Schwarzenberg's deputies ( current Minister of Foreign Affairs, resigned), vice minister responsible for cooperation and humanitarian aid.

To European affairs, he is the current ambassador to NATO, Stefan Fule, who is expected to succeed Vladimir Vondra. A graduate in philosophy from the University of Prague, he took courses at the Institute of International Relations in Moscow from 1981 to 1986 (during the Soviet “beautiful era”). He essentially began his career as a diplomat at the UN in New York then at the “United Nations” department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He then served as Ambassador to Lithuania (1998-2001), was then First Deputy Minister of Defense (in the Social Democratic government, 2001-2002) then Ambassador to London, before landing at NATO (2005). -2009) where he became a fervent defender of the policy followed by his government concerning the installation of a US radar as part of the anti-missile shield, while his party was opposed to it. A great feat…

(photos: CS Ministry of Defence, CS Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NATO)


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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