Czech press survey - December 27

Prezident Miloš Zeman při přípravách na vánoční poselství, které pronesl 26. prosince na zámku v Lánech.

published: 27.12.2013, 07:17 | updated: 27.12.2013 07:38:13

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman's Christmas message can be unfortunately placed among the speeches that perhaps should not have been delivered at all, Jiri Hanak writes in Pravo.

All he did was presenting a list of the fulfilled promises he made when he was elected, Hanak writes.

However, hoisting the EU flag at Prague Castle, the seat of Czech heads of state, was nothing but a technicality and it did not change the Czech Republic's awkward relation with the EU in the least, he adds.

Giving one-third of the presidential salary to repay the state debt is almost childish, Hanak writes.

Zeman's words that he will try to unite rather than divide society are close to tasteless joking, he adds.

The same can be said about the praise for the caretaker government. In fact, after the election, this government, full of experts, was given a much smaller trust from the general public than that enjoyed by the hated government of Prime Minister Petr Necas, Hanak writes.

This was not a speech by the president who offers the look at the general state and prospects of the country he heads, Jiri Pehe writes in Pravo.

The public did not learn anything about the way the president perceives the current, certainly bad social situation, Pehe writes.

Not a single word was uttered about the government that Czechs will soon have.

The speech differed from Zeman's other major speeches only by lacking any content even more, he adds.

Zeman's message about the fulfilment of his own promises could have been delivered at any time and its link with Christmas was devoid of any sense, Petr Fischer writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

Zeman does not know who he is. He wants to be the president, but he behaves like a prime minister, Fischer writes.

He wants to observe traditions, but he brutally destroys them, he adds.

He wants to be himself, but being in love with himself, he plays the presidential role, Fischer writes.

Zeman's public performances will look embarrassing unless he resolves his own "confusion of the roles," he adds.

Zeman has revived a tradition by praising himself, while not saying anything that matters, Karel Steigerwald writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

Zeman chose an interesting content of his speech. He set aside any national, political and international issues, focusing on himself, Steigerwald writes.

The vagueness of the speech is not minus, but a plus. No argument, no objections, no criticism can arise, he adds ironically.

The public learnt nothing about the political or economic crisis, let alone the spiritual crisis. As a result, there is no reason for criticism, Steigerwald writes.

Optimists can understand Zeman's speech also as a great promise and obligation: next year he will stop smoking, only chewing tobacco, Steigerwald writes, alluding to Zeman's mention that he failed to stop smoking.

What a great task. The next speech may focus on the fascinating theme on how he stopped chewing, Steigerwald writes sarcastically.


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