Prague - One of the few results that Czech governments achieved in the past few years and for which they can be applauded is the state of Czech finances, Lubos Palata writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.
The budget deficit has been brought below 3 percent of GDP with which Prague has fulfilled the last criterion for the adoption of the euro, but surprisingly, no one pays attention to this and no one uses it as an argument in support of the adoption of the single EU currency at last, Palata writes.
This puts the country into a unique situation where it can afford the euro without any problem and to have it no later than in three years, but it does not want it, Palata writes.
But to have the euro means a fundamental increasing of the influence of the Czech Republic, a strenghtening of its attraction for foreign investors, the gaining of a marked advantage compared with Poland and Hungary that cannot afford the euro within the foreseeable future, Palata writes.
If the new Czech government fails to make use of this opportunity, it will make an unforgivable mistake for which all inhabitants will be paying for a long time to come with a higher unemployment, lower salaries and also with a much lower influence on EU developments, Palata writes.
Martin Zverina writes elsewhere in Lidove noviny (LN) that President Milos Zeman may have an opportunity to improve the social atmosphere in the country.
He writes that Zeman is evidently enjoying himself on his visit to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. He shows his pleasant face, he is smiling and he is not trying to be right at any cost or to have the last say.
His Olympic visit has allowed people to see Zeman´s human side after a long time, Zverina writes.
He writes that at home Zeman is battling a low popularity and the parties in parliament are in a state of a of armed neutrality in relation to him.
If Zeman tried for a while at least not to be fighting with them for power and if he showed his voters a pleasant face, he might eventually improve the moods in society, Zverina writes.
Jan Fischer, a former statistical office head, a former caretaker finance minister, a former caretaker prime minister, a former EBRD section chief, and an unsuccessful presidential candidate, may have at last found a definitive engagement for his pre-retirement period, Petr Fischer writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
The search was long and confused, but it seems that everything will end up well and Jan Fischer will end where he started: with statistics, on European level this time, Fischer writes.
If he really goes to Eurostat (as speculated), he will be no shame to his country and he will be a valid member of the team, Fischer writes.
This will be good news for the future. Almost everyone who will intentionally or by chance join politics and fail in it, will always find a good position if they return to where they came from, Fischer writes.