Czech press survey - January 16


16.01.2014 07:24

Prague - The current Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) is not in a position where it would have to be afraid of being suffocated by the president´s favour like it happened to previous presidents´ favourites, Jiri Pehe writes in daily Pravo today.


Předseda ČSSD Bohuslav Sobotka. ČTK Šulová Kateřina

He writes that CSSD chairman Bohuslav Sobotka, whom President Milos Zeman is to appoint prime minister on Friday, is not considered Zeman´s self-confident rival, which is only good for the party.

Pehe writes, however, that the CSSD was close to the fate of other parties, but it was protected from the lethal presidential embrace which would threaten it if it became a presidential party by the botched coup of Zeman´s allies in the party.

Sobotka and his allies used the situation and steered the party away from the presidential waters as well from the moor of servile worshipping the founding father, Pehe writes.

He writes that the previous senior government party, the right-wing Civic Democrats (ODS), never fully managed to do this in relation to its founder and former president Vaclav Klaus.

Livia Klausova, unlike Vladimir Remek, is unimportant from the point of view of Czech diplomacy because relations between Prague and Bratislava are so immediate that not even the ambassador can do much harm to them, Lubos Palata writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

Remek, first Czechoslovak astronaut who circled the Earth aboard a Soviet spaceship, did not get the post of ambassador to Russia only as a reward like Klausova who supported President Milos Zeman in the presidential campaign, Palata writes.

He is an illegible person with a problematic party background [being a soldier he had to leave the Communist party after the fall of the previous regime in 1990] at a key position of Czech diplomacy, Palata writes.

He writes that a majority of Czechs do not know what Remek thinks about current Russia, Putin´s authoritarian regime, about his attitude to Czech support to Russian civic society and the opposition.

Remek is a security risk, for both the Czech Republic and its allies. "To keep Remek in check" will be one of the most important tasks of the new leadership of the Czech Foreign Ministry, Palata writes.

Czech lawmakers are becoming reluctant to approve a guarantee for 250 billion crowns, or one fifth of the state expenditure, for the completion of the nuclear power plant in Temelin, which is logical at a time when savings are sought everywhere, Petr Fischer writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

Besides, the new government with a billionaire (ANO chairman Andrej Babis) at the head of the Finance Ministry will want to show how it respects money, Fischer writes.

He writes that Temelin, after experience with the construction of the first two blocs, is not an entirely sure investment and the its usefulness is not entirely clear either, Fischer writes.

($1=20. 167 crowns)

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