Czech press survey - December 31

Ilustrační foto - Senát schvaloval na své schůzi 18. prosince nominaci kandidátů na ústavní soudce Jiřího Zemánka a Jana Musila. Horní komoře je představil prezident Miloš Zeman (na snímku).

published: 31.12.2013, 07:39 | updated: 31.12.2013 07:41:25

Prague - It would be absurd if President Milos Zeman wanted to influence the lineup of the Czech government as parliament may hold the prime minister responsible for the government´s work, while the president is not responsible for anything, Jiri Hanak writes in daily Pravo today.

But Zeman can be expected to fight for his idea of the government lineup, following three defeats - the failure of his interim cabinet to win the parliament´s confidence, the election fiasco of the Zemanites (SPOZ) and an unsuccessful coup in the Social Democratic Party (CSSD) led by former CSSD deputy chairman Michal Hasek, Hanak writes.

The leaders of the CSSD, ANO and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) will sign a coalition agreement on January 6, Hanak recalls.

He says the three leaders declared that they would jointly oppose any attempt of Zeman at influencing the government lineup. They promised loyalty to one another, which is a lot, Hanak writes.

Zbynek Petracek says in Lidove noviny (LN) that the interpretation of student-martyr Jan Palach´s self-immolation will be more important than the fact whether the state would turn his native house into his museum.

Will his act be seen first of all as an appeal against social resignation or it will be a story of a man who was courageous enough to burn himself to death? Petracek asks.

He recalls that the Velvet Revolution was preceded by the commemoration of Palach´s death in January 1989.

The 2014 Olympic Games and 2018 world football championship, both organised by Russia, should be the culmination of the Putin era in the eyes of the rest of the world, Martin Ehl writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

The sport events should improve the image of Russia that has problems with the quality of its rule and long-term economic growth, Ehl writes.

The recent terrorist attacks in Volgograd are a residue of the Chechen wars, in which Putin is considered the winner by most Russian inhabitants, but a minority does not share this view and it uses terrorism as its main weapon, Ehl says.


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