Czech press survey - December 19

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: 19.12.2013, 07:17 | updated: 19.12.2013 07:44:20

Prague - The current dispute between the Social Democrats (CSSD) and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) over who will control the Agriculture Ministry in the new coalition cabinet looks dramatically but it will not threaten the cabinet´s birth, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.

The CSSD will not allow the project of a joint government with ANO and the KDU-CSL to fail, he says.

CSSD leader Bohuslav Sobotka needs the government much more than his ANO and KDU-CSL counterparts, in view of the mainstream CSSD´s stay in opposition in the past seven years. The government project´s failure would surely topple Sobotka as CSSD head, Honzejk writes.

After all, the leaving of the Agriculture Ministry to the KDU-CSL could not been viewed as a defeat of the CSSD. Sobotka´s initial offer to the KDU-CSL (two ministerial seats) was so poor, that even the final outcome, i.e. three ministries probably including the Agriculture Ministry, is a success from the CSSD´s point of view, Honzejk writes.

In the several past cabinets, the smallest coalition partner never had only three ministerial seats, he says.

The CSSD´s latest argument that if the KDU-CSL controlled the Agriculture Ministry, it would inappropriately help churches acquire more land than what they are entitled to based on the restitution law is not meant quite seriously, Honzejk writes.

The contemptuous behaviour of the Social Democrats (CSSD) and ANO towards the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) as the smallest partner in the government-forming talks indicates that the Czech Republic will be governed by the triangle of the CSSD, ANO and President Milos Zeman in the next years, Martin Zverina writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN).

It would not be illegitimate if the two stronger partners struck a bilateral deal, but neither of them has said it loudly, while both depict the KDU-CSL as a partner who seeks ministerial posts voluptuously. However, this is true of all three negotiating partners, Zverina points out.

It is up to the KDU-CSL to decide whether it will allow itself to be humiliated as a junior government partner and whether it will not mind the coalition decisions being jointly made by the CSSD, ANO and Zeman, Zverina writes.

The KDU-CSL should consider whether it is promising for it to play a merely decorative role in the government in exchange for cosy and lucrative posts, Zverina writes.

In any case, behind-the-scene deals and pacts are at variance with the idea of transparent politics, which all political parties vowed to keep to before the elections, Zverina concludes.

The Senate on Wednesday approved another two candidates for Constitutional Court (US)judges and President Milos Zeman can be satisfied as a total of ten candidates whom he proposed succeeded this year and the US has thus become "his" institution, Ludek Navara writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

The mandates of the remaining five US judges, who are not Zeman´s people, will expire in 2014 and 2015, after which the US will become fully Zeman´s, Navara writes.

It is good that new US judges have been chosen promptly and fluently, he says.

On the other hand, however, the practice of a new president choosing the whole US by himself is questionable. Would not it be better if the judges´ mandates did not expire all in about the same time, for the sake of the US´s continuity, bigger diversity of opinions and also independence? Navara asks.

The situation [with the new president choosing "his" US] threatens to repeat in ten years, he says.

Let´s hope it will not repeat completely. US chairman Pavel Rychetsky should keep his promise and step down early, Navara writes.


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