Czech press survey - April 5


05.04.2014 13:01

Prague - The increasing number of the signs of a political alliance between President Milos Zeman and Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) has prompted the speculations about the uncertain future of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD), Jiri Pehe writes in Pravo.


Prezident Miloš Zeman (vpředu vpravo) jmenoval 29. ledna na Pražském hradě Andreje Babiše (vpředu vlevo) ministrem financí. ČTK Vondrouš Roman

However, if Babis is really preparing the ground for "elimination" of Sobotka, he is making a big mistake, Pehe writes.

If Sobotka is replaced after some artificially provoked conflict with Michal Hasek or anyone else from Hasek's Social Democrat faction, there will be the danger of a plummeting popularity of both the new government and ANO, he adds.

If Babis himself becomes the prime minister upon an agreement with Zeman, Babis would hardly fend off the attacks that he himself is to blame for the conflict among the Social Democrats, Pehe writes.

So far, Babis has shown a good political instinct. So he must know that cooperation with Sobotka is much more beneficial to his political future than Sobotka's fall and a subsequent collaboration with Zeman, he adds.

One cannot raise any objections to the help to the Ostrava region, north Moravia, and to the miners who are threatened with loss of their jobs, but the problem is that neither Industry and Trade Minister Jan Mladek (CSSD) nor Babis have come up with any rational arguments for and against the measures, Zdenek John writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

There is only the general information that the 1.1 billion crowns that may be spent on the purpose would only pay for a slower closure of the mines, John writes.

However, what will be after 2016? How will the investment help transform the 2,000 jobs now held by miners into different, more promising professions? he asks.

Perhaps the whole spending project may end up as a mere prolongation of the agony by a few months, John writes.

Actually, the public does not know anything, although the money to be spent in the Paskov mine is from our wallets, he adds.

Admiration for autocracy is on the rise in the Czech Republic, too, Petr Holub writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

Not only businesspeople, but also ambitious politicians are searching for contacts with Russia and China. Not only Communists, but also deputies for other parties are advocating the campaign of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin against Ukraine, which is actually also against the whole West, Holub writes.

The retreat of liberal democracy based on mainstream parties has not ended with Zeman's failed attempt at introducing a semi-presidential system, he adds.

Zeman's ideas of direct democracy and the government of experts have become popular in broad masses of society that are fed up with political parties, Holub writes.

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