Czech press survey - December 20

Prezident Miloš Zeman přijíždí 14. června na Pražský hrad, kam si pozval policejního prezidenta Martina Červíčka, premiéra Petra Nečase (ODS) a šéfa opoziční ČSSD Bohuslava Sobotku. Chce si nimi probrat nynější situaci kolem velkého policejního zásahu.

published: 20.12.2013, 07:21 | updated: 20.12.2013 07:35:24

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman will go to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi unlike the German, Austrian French and U.S. heads of state, and probable Czech prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka agrees with him, saying it is no good to irritate a big partner, Petr Honzejk writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.

He writes that a fundamental stand of political representatives would not harm the business interests of Czech firms because he who has what to offer will succeed anywhere, Honzejk writes.

What is more, it is vitally important for the identity of this country to know where it belongs, and this is a task for politicians, Honzejk writes.

Otherwise the Czech Republic will start to gradually change until it ends up in the East. Politically, mentally, economically, Honzejk writes.

Only the Constitutional Court (US) can resolve the dispute over whether the president may or may not refuse to appoint a minister, which proves how much the domestic political "elites" have degenerated, Martin Zverina writes in Lidove noviny (LN).

Irrespective of who wins, the situation is nothing but a start of an endless row of further battles for presidential powers, Zverina writes.

There is no hope for a reasonable agreement between Zeman and the prime minister unless the latter committed political suicide, Zverina writes.

Moreover, Zeman will be also motivated by that the US´s lineup corresponds to his wishes and the court´s chairman does not conceal his liking for the president, Zverina writes.

Power restraint can hardly be expected of a person who is incapable of giving up smoking and drinking alcohol. There will be more and more disputes as a result, Zverina writes.

When two people do the same, it is not the same, which applies to the behaviour of President Milos Zeman and his chancellor Vratislav Mynar, Lukas Jelinek writes in Pravo.

The offences Zeman utters about of journalists, irrespective of how unjust they may be, have a certain perverse charm, perhaps because Zeman is an eccentric person, Jelinek writes.

But when the chancellor wants to imitate Zeman, it makes the impression of tired-out hatred, Jelinek writes.

Mynar became a symbol of an invasive concept of the presidential mandate. He was verbally offensive, he was attacking politicians as well as journalists, Jelinek writes.

He writes that Zeman has probably realised that his team has not brought him too many positive points and he is not against changes. He has pronounced hard words about Mynar, who applied for a top-secret security vetting only on Wednesday while he should have done so when he took up the post at the beginning of the year, Jelinek writes.

The president should have top-level clerks, mature personalities with a clean shield. They have a fundamentally contribute to the president´s (non)popularity as well as relations with other constitutional officials, Jelinek writes.

Not the behaviour of country bumpkins, but dignity, humbleness and willingness should be at home at the presidential seat a Prague Castle, Jelinek writes.


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