Czech press survey - February 17


17.02.2014 07:28

Prague - The Czech Republic has one political anomaly: in the neighbouring countries the metropolis votes for the left and the countryside fort he conservatives, but in this country it is the other way round, Zbynek Petracek writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.


Volební billboard hnutí ANO v Ostravě (na snímku z 25. září). ČTK Ožana Jaroslav

He writes that before the October early general election, even the remotest villages were full of fresh election posters of Andrej Babis´s ANO movement.

This offers an answer to the question of how Petr Gadzik´s Mayors and the Independents (STAN) movement can cooperate with ANO, an ally of TOP 09 in parliament, Petracek writes.

He writes that Gazdik wants to be the one who will bring influence and money to the countryside. Previously he had support of finance minister Miroslav Kalousek, TOP 09 deputy chairman. Now, he will have his Babis who replaced Kalousek at the head of the Finance Ministry.

The notion that the countryside will elect Babis instead of the Social Democrats (CSSD) is quite realistic. It is only up to the voters to say whether this is good, or bad, Petracek writes.

Elsewhere in Lidove noviny (LN), Matyas Zrno writes that several interesting, capable, professionally successful and often even sympathic people have entered Martin Bursik´s new party, Liberal Ecological Party (LES), which makes it possible to say right now thet the LES (meaning forest in Czech) will end up badly.

Zrno writes that such a concentration of IQ and particularly artistic talent is too much for one party.

Bursik himself, who has travelled from the Civic Movement to the Free Democrats, the Christian Democrats, Greens and now LES shows, how difficult it is to find a party close to one´s heart, to direct it and mainly to succeed in this, Zrno writes.

Zbynek Petracek writes in LN, too, that the main sense of the new party is to provide a platform for public debate on the green movement in this country.

He writes that Bursik is a trained ecologist and that is why the focus of LES is a liberal economic model, environment protection and a clear reference to former president Vaclav Havel.

The election of a new ombudsman was reminiscent of the second presidential election of Vaclav Havel, Petr Fisher writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

He writes that all knew that Anna Sabatova (Havel) is the best option, yet some government lawmakers did not miss the opportunity to make use of the election to show their own political force.

The election became an object of intra-party dispute within the Social Democrats (CSSD), namely between the wing of President Milos Zeman´s supporters and the wing of party chairman Bohuslav Sobotka, Fischer writes.

That Sabatova, to whom Zeman had some objections, eventually won with the tightest possible majority, does not prove a lasting readiness of various camps within the CSSD deputy group to reach agreement, but it is a sort of temporary compromise on one rather little important issue, Fischer writes.


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