Czech press survey - February 04


04.02.2014 07:35

Prague - The ongoing dispute within the Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) over whether a lawmaker may be a regional governor at the same time is not only a matter money, but the cumulation of posts also implies other problems though less visible, Petr Pesek writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.


Schůze Poslanecké sněmovny, hlasování - ilustrační foto. ČTK Kamaryt Michal

He writes that if leading party members, and this does not concern the CSSD only, are holding more posts, they prevent the entry of new faces into higher regional politics and consequently the refreshing of the public administration.

Besides, the practice adversely affects the system of power division. First, one person represents both legislative power (MP) and executive power (government member), second, they wield power on different levels on which decisions are made, Pesek writes.

It would be naturally ideal if the cumulation of posts were solved by self-regulation or by advanced political culture, which does not exist in this country, Pesek writes.

He writes that even France, where cumulation of posts is well established, has recently decided to prevent it by law, Pesek writes.

New Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (Social Democrats, CSSD) will have an opportunity to confirm the agenda of Czech-U.S. relations, or to possibly present his own accents when he meets Victoria Nuland, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, in Prague this week, Daniel Anyz writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN).

Nuland may ask Zaoralek where the Czech Republic sees the current sense of NATO and its role in it, Anyz writes.

He writes that it is to be hoped that Zaoralek will be speaking more like a minister of the Czech government than as a representative of the opposition in the past when he sometimes challenged Czech commitments in NATO.

The Czech Republic is not that strong as to afford giving up such a powerful alliance, Anyz writes.

Even if the heavy political crisis in Ukraine is eventually resolved, the future government will have to deal with the situation of a country facing bankruptcy, Milos Balaban writes in Pravo.

He writes that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has logically called on European countries to concert their effort and create a comprehensive package of economic assistance to Ukraine.

However, this is what Europe, weakened by the economic crisis, will hardly do. This will leave space for nothing but political gestures, Balaban writes.

He writes that one of them is a revision of the invitation to an official visit to the Czech Republic that President Milos Zeman has extended to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in connection with the April summit of the Eastern Partnership in Prague.

The question is: who is actually in power in Ukraine? Balaban writes.

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