published: 23.12.2013, 07:22 | updated: 23.12.2013 08:39:52
Prague - The emerging Czech government coalition parties have agreed on their programme as well as on the division of ministries and they still have to overcome the last obstacle, President Milos Zeman who, however, will not probably eventually veto ministerial candidates in spite of his strong talk,Petr Honzejk writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.
Zeman is weaker than he was still half a year ago, both physically and politically. Since this summer he has suffered several defeats, due to which he is not in a position to seriously complicate the formation of the government, Honzejk writes.
However, Zeman should not definitely be underestimated. In the technological sense, he is a great politician who has several times succeeded in doing what seemed impossible.
He turned the Social Democratic Party (CSSD), having 5 percent support in the 1990s, into a government party in 1998, and he succeeded in conquering the presidential post after ten years spent outside politics in January, Honzejk writes.
He writes that Zeman will hardly give up his struggle to change the Czech Republic into a presidential system of the eastern type.
The probable disputes in the government coalition will play into his hands. If he is physically fit, he will launch his new offensive in the spring already, Honzejk writes.
The Czech Republic is better off than people may think, Patria Finance chief economist David Marek writes elsewhere in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
He writes that the country is entering the year 2014 with an economy in a good condition and with the hope that economic growth will return to the country.
Marek writes that if he were a foreign banker, he would lend money to the Czech Republic.
However, this does not mean that the country would not have any problems. The Czech capital market, for instance, resembles African countries more than western Europe, not to mention the United States, Marek writes.
Yet, the Czech economy has potential to further grow up on the international ladder of economic performance and standards of living, Marek writes.
The Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) have realised that it is not possible to go too far in their game about government posts in the emerging government coalition and they have decided to pursue a different line, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.
KDU-CSL chairman Pavel Belobradek learnt with a surprise after what he was showing until recently that people started to consider him a blackmailer and President Milos Zeman´s ally, Mitrofanov writes.
Belobradek and the whole party were risking deletion from the government story and gaining the label of a destroyer. That is why they accepted the offer of three seats on the government the probable future prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka (CSSD), made them, Mitrofanov writes.
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