published: 27.08.2013, 07:19 | updated: 27.08.2013 07:20:34
Prague - Former Czech president Vaclav Klaus is not a man who would step into the same river twice, Lukas Jelinek writes in Pravo, analysing Klaus's presumed comeback to the politics.
Those suggesting that Klaus will return to the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), are naive, Jelinek writes.
If anything, Klaus is waiting until the rest comes to him as he considers himself the locus and head of the right-wing policy, he adds.
Klaus may be inspired by President Milos Zeman and his Party of Citizens' Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ). However, when compared with his leftist rival, Klaus looks like a fragile intellectual, Jelinek writes.
If his comeback is to succeed, it would have to be based on strong words and acts such as nationalism that would be militant and honest, which is Klaus's weak point, he adds.
The predictions that the end of liberal democracy is coming with President Milos Zeman are exaggerated, Michal Musil writes in Mlada fronta Dnes.
No strengthening of Zeman's total power has so far taken place. Obviously, Zeman likes to check how far he can go, but the Jiri Rusnok caretaker government he installed did not get confidence in the Chamber of Deputies and the lower house eventually voted its dissolution, Musil writes.
One cannot share the belief of those who say that a majority of Czech society would calmly accept the fall of democracy, he adds.
There is a number of reasons for which Zeman won the presidential election, but the calls for an iron fist are not among the main ones, Musil writes.
Socialist friends are able to be pretty hostile to one another, Petr Novacek writes in Mlada fronta Dnes, commenting on the rivalry between Social Democrat (CSSD) Bohuslav Sobotka and the party's first deputy chairman Michal Hasek.
Sobotka does not believe in the election success of Zeman's SPOZ. He has always made it clear that the CSSD should not carry on its backs the SPOZ protagonists to the Chamber of Deputies and perhaps even higher, Novacek writes.
On the other hand, Hasek considers the SPOZ, a leftist party, a natural partner of the CSSD, he adds.
The problem is that if the SPOZ, a hastily created, brand-new party, forms an alliance with a mainstream party with a past reaching back 135 years, the CSSD itself would have to transform itself, too.
If Hasek wins more preferential votes in the forthcoming early election, Sobotka is unlikely to survive as the party's leader, Novacek writes.
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