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Ilustrační foto - Předseda ANO Andrej Babiš (třetí zleva), předseda ČSSD Bohuslav Sobotka (čtvrtý zleva) a místopředseda KDU-ČSL Marian Jurečka (pátý zleva) vystoupili 13. prosince v Praze spolu s dalšími členy vyjednávacích týmů na tiskové konferenci k představení programové části koaliční smlouvy.

published: 16.12.2013, 07:33 | updated: 16.12.2013 07:58:27

Prague - It seems evident from the beginning that the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) take a reserved stance on forming coalition project with the Social Democrats (CSSD) and the ANO movement, Petr Fischer writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.

The KDU-CSL has bad experience with seeking to be part of Czech governments, Fischer writes.

He said the Christian Democrats paid dearly for this strategy of remaining in government at any cost in the past - they disintegrated and failed to enter parliament in the previous election term.

The fact that KDU-CSL chairman Pavel Belobradek went abroad for two weeks during the government-forming talks is clear evidence of the party´s reserved stance, Fischer writes.

Elsewhere in HN Petr Fischer writes that the potential coalition partners started negotiating about the government lineup and some ministries are very popular, while others are not.

Nobody wants to head the Culture Ministry, which has an annual budget of roughly ten billion crowns, while all want to be in charge of agriculture and local development as huge EU subsidies flow through these two ministries, Fischer says.

Martina Riebauerova says in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) that none of the three coalition partners seems eager to control the Health Ministry and the Christian Democrats were even offended by the offer.

She writes that the Health Ministry means interesting and important work but many problems, such as disputes with patients and doctors and a lack of money.

The health minister has to answer question like Why do you let Czech doctors move to do their work abroad? This ministry is for no weakling, Riebauerova says.

The CSSD, ANO and the KDU-CSL are surprisingly moving towards a coalition government and harmony has been prevailing over chaos, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo, referring to the CSSD and KDU-CSL meetings that approved the coalition programme this weekend.

It is noteworthy that the Social Democrats who faced a serious rift shortly after the election appear to be the most reliable partner - at least now, Mitrofanov says.

Stanislav Balik writes in Lidove noviny (LN) that the parties of the forming coalition government seem to have moved from the honeymoon period directly to a time of a married life routine.

Balik says rivalry, jealousy, nervousness or even hatred can be seen.

Partnerships are usually motivated by love or pragmatism, but the current Czech coalition seems to be neither of the cases - the CSSD, ANO and the KDU-CSL found out that their cooperation seems the most acceptable alternative, Balik writes.

Their attitude to the joint project is therefore far from enthusiastic, Balik says.

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