Czech press survey - February 19


19.02.2014 07:44

Prague - All major Czech dailies comment on the start of the new coalition government of PM Bohuslav Sobotka´s Social Democrats (CSSD), ANO and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) that won the vote of confidence in the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of parliament, on Tuesday.


Premiér Bohuslav Sobotka při závěrečném vystoupení v Poslanecké sněmovně, která 18. února v Praze hlasovala o vyjádření důvěry jeho koaliční vládě. ČTK Kamaryt Michal

The Czech Republic will finally have a government emerging from elections, so voters can rejoice as there will is being materialised, Martin Zverina writes in the daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.

He recalls that the new government of Bohuslav Sobotka has a comfortable majority of 111 votes in the 200-seat lower house.

Zverina says the debate ahead of the confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies showed a certain change.

While the previous political government slightly despised its opponents relying on its strong majority and great reform plans, Sobotka´s team is not so self-confident, which is a nice feature, Zverina notes.

The coalition might thus listen to some opposition proposals, he adds.

However, the habit of every new government to abolish everything that the previous one pushed through is in contradiction with voters´ interests and should be changed, Zverina writes in LN.

The new government of Bohuslav Sobotka does not deserve the traditional "100 days of protection" and its steps should be closely watched since the very beginning, Daniel Anyz writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.

The cabinet should actually not get single day of tolerance since it started "at a brisk pace," Anyz writes, citing the personnel changes in some state offices´ management.

New Justice Minister Helena Valkova, for instance, wants to dismiss the Prison Service head immediately after she assumed office.

Besides, new Labour and Social Affairs Minister Michaela Marksova Tominova announced that she would abolish the second pension pillar without presenting her plans for the pension system reform.

Anyz writes that there is no protection period in a professional career either, merely a trial period during which new workers either prove themselves or go.

Anyz adds that the government does not face such a threat as it, on the contrary, enjoys a comfortable majority in the Chamber of Deputies.

This is another reason why the cabinet as one whole and the particular ministers must be "called to account" as from the first steps they take, Anyz writes in conclusion.

The idea of governments that bring wealth to people thanks to their wisdom is strongly embedded in Czech society as a modified relic from the communist era but the question where the they want to find money for their plans is always relevant, Karel Steigerwald writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.

He recalls that the the new government of Bohuslav Sobotka started nicely.

Its strategy is based on the criticism of the previous centre-right government of Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) whose fall in June 2013 was so spectacular that no one dares to remind of its positive sides now.

However, this cannot be sufficient for long since Sobotka´s team will face problems how to fulfil the promises included in the policy statement, Steigerwald indicates.

Sobotka´s alternative is positive in one aspect - his government´s economic policy, despite all boosting, will not enable the euro adoption, Steigerwald adds.

The new government is based on a leftist conviction that welfare is being created by the redistribution of resources and a centre-right idea that "we will get rich by arresting the thieves." However, the governing is a more complex work, Steigerwald concludes.

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