Czech press survey - December 3

Zleva předseda hnutí ANO Andrej Babiš, předseda ČSSD Bohuslav Sobotka a předseda KDU-ČSL Pavel Bělobrádek vystoupili 2. prosince v Poslanecké sněmovně na tiskové konferenci po společném vyjednávání o koaliční smlouvě.

published: 03.12.2013, 07:27 | updated: 03.12.2013 07:47:41

Prague - The results of Monday´s negotiations between the Czech Social Democrats (CSSD), ANO and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) about a new government showed that, as expected, they were no "breakthrough" but a normal second round of trilateral talks, Petr Kambersky writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.

The sole problem was in that the two large parties left threats to be said by lower levels (and the parties´ leaders can generously overlook them in the final), while the Christian Democrats left strong words to be pronounced mainly by their leader, Pavel Belobradek, Kambersky writes.

The two groups, that is CSSD chairman Bohuslav Sobotka and ANO´s leader Andrej Babis on the one side and Belobradek on the other need one another, Kambersky writes.

The big ones do not desire to lean on the wild team of Tomio Okamura (Dawn of Direct Democracy), the Christian Democrats, for their part, know that they, having 14 (our of 200 lawmakers) will push through completely nothing, Kambersky writes.

He writes that practically two things are stake: the Christian Democrats need guarantees of that that the voting coalition of the CSSD, ANO and Communists (KSCM) will not be governing in fact while they are formally sitting on the government.

The KDU-CSL also needs to show to its voters that it will fulfil at least a part of its programme. A mere being on the government could bring the Christian Democrats to the definitive parliamentary non-existence after the next elections, Kambersky writes.

It is not only a Czech specificity that movements setting themselves apart from the existing form of politics are mushrooming and that leaders, more or less democratic, who do not bother about anything, are rising, Lukas Jelinek writes in Pravo.

In the Czech Republic they are ANO wtih Andrej Babis and Daw with Tomio Okmura, to the east of the country, it is extremist Marian Kotleba, Jelinek writes.

He writes that groupings that do not belong in drawing-rooms are also rising in Germany and Austria. Where established parties still stay in power, they help themselves with charismatic, populist or autocratic politicians, such as Robert Fico in Slovakia, Viktor Orban in Hungary and the again firming Kaczynski in Poland.

Jelinek writes that politics is being personalised while the ideological dimension is declining.

In the Czech Republic they, most legible part of the right are the Civic Democrats (ODS). TOP 09 is stronger, but it is more difficult to categorise it, Jelinek writes.

He writes that more intensive nationalisation will be a problem for the right democrats.

The problems of the left, after the alternative Zemanites (SPOZ) flopped and no new party of leftist activities is emerging, are reduced to the relations between the Social Democrats (CSSD) and Communists (KSCM, Jelinek writes.

He writes that the two parties are close to one another, but they are separated by a wall.

President Milos Zeman has not changed, yet his popularity is decreasing, Petr Pesek writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) referring to a recent poll that showed support for Zeman has plummeted.

He writes that his bon mots and behaviour close to ordinary people´s were a source of his popularity and they were reasons for people to vote for him, but now these things cease to work somehow.

Some people may have started to dislike him because he has not appeared much in public since he suffered a knee injury, Pesek.

Others may have started to dislike him because he does not behave diplomatically, that he is not a sufficiently representative personality, Pesek writes.

There will again be room for all these considerations in four years, in anotehr direct presidential election, Pesek writes.


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