Czech press survey Januar 10


10.01.2014 07:36

Prague - Much more matters than short-term political victories in the duel between Czech President Milos Zeman and Social Democrat leader Bohuslav Sobotka (CSSD), future prime minister, Petr Fischer writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.


Šéf ČSSD Bohuslav Sobotka hovoří 3. ledna v Lánech s novináři po schůzce s prezidentem Milošem Zemanem, kterému předal životopisy kandidátů na ministry v trojkoaliční vládě. Jména chce zveřejnit až 6. ledna. ČTK Krumphanzl Michal

In fact, what is in the game is the redrafting of the map that has so far delineated the power movements of Czech democracy, Fischer writes.

If Zeman is openly making himself a mentor and guarantor of the government, he consciously violates the existing social contract, rewriting it according to his own pattern, although he received no mandate for this, he adds, stressing that no one had voted about it in the direct presidential election.

As a result, any Sobotka's concession in the sphere of the government lineup will be not only a victory for Zeman, but de facto a sort of minor constitutional coup that will affect all the future elections and the governments to arise from them, Fischer writes.

The new prime minister and then the new government of the Czech Republic seem to be appointed soon, which is good news, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo, analysing Zeman's decision to name Sobotka the new prime minister.

However, one can also notice some less positive facts from Zeman's statement, Mitrofanov writes.

It is not beneficial to the atmosphere in the country if it clearly emerges from the statement of the head of state that he has a bad relation to the man he wants to appoint as prime minister, he adds.

On top of that, there is the mystery of why the president preferred a foreign news agency one day before his speech to the general public, Mitrofanov writes.

"Perhaps we were naughty," he adds, in a veiled reference to Zeman's bad relation with Czech journalists.

Slovakia, too, may have a too active president, Petr Pesek writes in Lidove noviny (LN), commenting on the forthcoming direct presidential election in the neighbouring country.

If the forecasts are fulfilled, Prime Minister Robert Fico's victory is a foregone conclusion and the Slovak politics is before an earthquake, Pesek writes.

The locus of power may move from the government to the president. This may happen if the new prime minister will be a loyal or obedient party member, he adds.

If it is a party rival, which is not likely, or an opposition politician, political struggles may be expected, Pesek writes.

Fico is not going to move to the Presidential Palace just to watch and make comments on what will be going on in Slovakia, he adds.

Besides, he will gain more strength by the result of the election. If no surprise happens, the vote will be his landslide victory, Pesek writes.

In fact, he is not faced by any strong contender, which is proven by the fact that no one is ready to guess who will advance along with him to the second round of the election, he adds.

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