Czech press survey - December 21

Předseda ČSSD Bohuslav Sobotka.

published: 21.12.2013, 12:38 | updated: 21.12.2013 13:02:26

Prague - They received everything they wanted and still it is not enough for them, this is the criticism one can hear now about Czech Christian Democrats (CSSD) after the latest offer of posts in the government in the making from Social Democrat (CSSD) leader Bohuslav Sobotka, Petr Pesek writes in Lidove noviny (LN).

The Agriculture Ministry and three posts in the cabinet, this was the offer, Pesek writes.

However, when seen with the Christian Democrats' eyes, everything looks different, he adds.

They have the bad luck that if the coalition talks foundered, they would be blamed for it, Pesek writes.

In such a case, they would return to the time when they played a bigger role than that arising from their number of seats in the Chamber of Deputies, he adds.

This means those who have bigger demands than those they can claim on the basis of their position and those who are ready even to destroy a coalition government, Pesek writes.

The Christian Democrats are standing before a decision that will be vital not only for their political fate, but also for further development in the Czech Republic, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.

Until now, it was possible to explain their intransigence by merciless rules of politics, Mitrofanov writes.

One has to have very sharp elbows if something is to be achieved in politics, he adds.

This is doubly true if they are the smallest contenders with the weakest muscles, Mitrofanov writes.

This is understandable. However, one cannot miss the moment when the combative character of a small daring fellow turns into arrogance of a greedy dwarf, he adds.

What can make Prime Minister Robert Fico, whose Smer-Social Democracy won a crushing victory and formed a one-colour cabinet, leave the office of prime minister and seek the role of just a titular figure? Lukas Jelinek asks in Pravo, analysing the reasons for which Fico has decided to run for Slovak president.

Aged 49, Fico is at the apex of his power, Jelinek writes.

Either he has sensed some problems that can eclipse his successful political career and he is withdrawing from the first line or he will try to make the first line from the presidential office, he adds.

So far, it has been a habit that presidential posts in Central Europe were held by intellectuals, former dissidents or veteran politicians. The head of state was a sort of national symbol, Jelinek writes.

However, times are changing. People like Czech President Milos Zeman and Fico consider the post of president a crucial political point from which they can interfere in a number of constitutional and political spheres, he adds.

This goes hand in hand with the trend of pushing the parliamentary system toward a presidential or at least semi-presidential one, Jelinek writes.


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