Czech press survey - December 9

Miroslav Kalousek obhájil 8. prosince v Praze post místopředsedy na celostátním sněmu TOP 09. Na snímku mu gratuluje předseda Karel Schwarzenberg.

published: 09.12.2013, 07:19 | updated: 09.12.2013 07:37:05

Prague - There is the question of how long will it take to Czech TOP 09 to climb back to the top, Lukas Jelinek asks in Pravo, analysing the party's weekend congress at which its leader Karel Schwarzenberg was confirmed in the post of party leader.

In fact, the party cannot make do without collaboration with the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), Jelinek writes.

The party has allowed for it in the contest for the posts in the Senate, while the ODS is also thinking of a concerted effort in other types of elections, he adds.

However, the ODS is also a rival of TOP 09, Jelinek writes.

This makes it clear that instead of duels for the government in the country, there may be a duel for the right-wing electorate between them in near future, he adds.

People usually change their behavior when things go wrong, but at its weekend congress, TOP 09 showed it would not change anything, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

By re-electing Schwarzenberg with a crushing majority, it showed it is a petrified party of the leadership type in which no new personalities are born, Honzejk writes.

As far as the party's programme is concerned, no reflexion of its own failure, no search for the ways with which to turn the tide could be seen, he adds.

In fact, the message is as follows: let us do it as before, he adds.

No one asked the question that may be crucial in the future: how to explain to the voters in what TOP 09 actually differs from the ODS. If the ODS is headed by the moderate and cultivated sceptic Petr Fiala, the differing attitude to the EU will not be sufficient, Honzejk writes.

Czech Social Democrats may have the same reason as their German counterparts, the SPD, when considering calling a party referendum on its coalition government with agro and media mogul Andrej Babis's ANO and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), Milos Balaban writes in Pravo.

The reason may be the same: to get a stronger political mandate for the conclusion of a coalition pact that will mean, on account of the compromises caused by only a narrow election victory, that the Social Democrats will be unable to fulfil all the objectives from their programme, Balaban writes.

In fact, the referendum is to decide on whether the Social Democrats will choose marginalisation of their influence on political developments if the coalition pact is rejected, he adds.

Every realistically thinking Social Democrat must take it into account that the governance of three, often politically incompatible partners, will be no stroll through a rosy park, Balaban writes.


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