published: 02.01.2014, 07:26 | updated: 02.01.2014 07:38:59
Prague - Former Czech president Vaclav Klaus acted according to the principle that it is not important to tell something but to be seen when he gave a Christmas TV interview, Lukas Jelinek writes in daily Pravo today.
Klaus only followed the example of his successor, President Milos Zeman, whose Christmas address to the nation lacked any vision of the future, Jelinek says.
Those who expected Klaus to present a vision had to be disappointed, Jelinek writes.
It is amusing to hear from former president Klaus that as soon as Klaus definitively lost political power and influence, the Czech post-communist democracy has ended, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
Klaus has always been self-centered and he always exaggerated but his interview for Prima TV is his new personal record in this respect, Honzejk says.
Klaus even cited the statement from Vaclav Havel´s first new year address in 1990, saying that "our country is not flourishing," Honzejk notes.
If Klaus is quoting Havel, whom he has never liked, it means not only the end of the post-communist politics but the end of the world, Honzejk writes with irony.
Ondrej Koutnik writes in Lidove noviny (LN) that Social Democrat (CSSD) leader Bohuslav Sobotka has not been appointed prime minister yet, he has nevertheless already started forming the team of key clerks who would administer the Government Office.
Koutnik recalls that the CSSD, ANO and Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) leaders plan to sign a coalition agreement on Monday, January 6.
The head of prime minister´s office is to be Bela Hejna, the current head of the CSSD chairman´s office and former deputy labour and social affairs minister, if Sobotka becomes the head of the government as expected, Koutnik says.
He writes that the Government Office under Sobotka is likely to be headed by an official who worked in EU institutions in Brussels.
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