Czech press survey - April 24


24.04.2014 07:57

Prague - South Moravia Regional Governor Michal Hasek and Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (both Social Democrats, CSSD) are simply men who don´t like one another, Alexandr Mitrofanov says in daily Pravo today, commenting on the fact that Hasek gave up his MP´s mandate.


Ilustrační foto - Jihomoravský hejtman a poslanec ČSSD Michal Hašek vystoupil 23. dubna na mimořádné tiskové konferenci v Brně a oznámil, že se vzdává poslaneckého mandátu. ČTK Šálek Václav

Hasek announced on Wednesday evening that he would resign from his seat in the lower house of parliament, fulfilling the promise not to accumulate posts, which the party gave its voters.

Mitrofanov says Hasek as Sobotka´s rival for the CSSD leader and prime minister lost the fight, but he has not given it up. Being 38 years old, he is too young to end his political career, Mitrofanov adds.

Hasek will remain the head of the Czech regional governors, most of whom are CSSD politicians now, and the Association of Regions and the South Moravian Region will be his power bases where he will covertly act against Sobotka and try to reinforce his position for a future fight and watch out for Sobotka´s possible mistake, Mitrofanov writes.

If Sobotka made some big mistake, President Milos Zeman would gladly replace him with Hasek who might win support from ANO leader Andrej Babis who as vice prime minister would be the real head of the government, Mitrofanov concludes.

In connection with the Senate discussion about a draft bill on the Sumava National Park, Zbynek Petracek notes in Lidove noviny (LN) that one of the four Czech national parks, the Bohemian Switzerland, relies on a special law.

Petracek says there are many different views on what should be done in Sumava, but a law on a national park has only a single purpose: environment protection.

If the lawmakers plan to attract more tourists to Sumava, which is what the locals mostly want, it has no sense in doing it in form of a special law, Petracek writes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin may help Europe a lot, Jiri Sticky says in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

Putin may become one of the people who helped move the world towards higher efficiency in energy and to the development of new technologies, Sticky writes.

Thanks to Putin´s unreliability, Europe started thinking about its half-forgotten security and independence. Putin may force Europe to take radical strategic steps that would not be possible without a similar shock, Sticky says.

Elsewhere in MfD, Miroslav Korecky says that former president Vaclav Klaus remains silent for some time and then he bombards the public with his critical statements and deliberate provocations.

Klaus supported the Civic Democrats (ODS) before the European Parliament elections in a reserved manner, but it seems certain that he would not really identify with his old party again, Korecky writes.

He says the experienced technologist of power, who is terrified by the pro-European stance of the present Czech government, is seeking a new field for his activities.

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