Is this the man who is about to wreck David Cameron's vision of a new right of centre grouping in the European Parliament? He's Mirek Topolanek, the leader of the Czech ODS Party, the country's Prime Minister and the incoming EU President. A couple of days ago he was re-elected as his party's leader at their conference. But more significantly the party's previous opposition to ratifying the Lisbon Treaty was shelved during the conference. This resulted in the country's President Vaclav Klaus announcing he would be resigning his party membership, taking with him several other leading lights in the ODS. They are now going to form a new right wing party, under the Libertas banner, which will fight next year's Euro elections.
Why should this matter to David Cameron? Because it means that Topolanek may well rat on Klaus's previous commitment to leave the EPP and join up with the Tories in a new European Parliamentary grouping. No decisions have been made, but expect the EPP leadership to do everything it can in advance of June to woo Topolanek away from Cameron's charms.