published: 21.01.2013, 07:14 | updated: 21.01.2013 07:36:13
Prague - President Vaclav Klaus's end at the Prague Castle, seat of Czech heads of state, is not only unhappy and awkward, but it has also started to be dangerous, Jan Drazan writes in Lidove noviny, commenting on Klaus's condemnation of presidential candidate Karel Schwarzenberg's statement that former Czechoslovak president Edvard Benes would be perhaps now tried in The Hague over the postwar transfer of Sudeten Germans.
Klaus is now in the company of Miroslav Sladek and Tomas Vandas, former and current leaders of ultra nationalist circles, Drazan writes.
The public will count down. Klaus's term of office expires on March 7, but he will undoubtedly continue poisoning Czech society with his infectious poison even later, he adds.
But not from the post of president he deeply ashamed with his latest steps, Drazan writes.
There is the dictum that every nation is ruled by the government it deserves. Let it be hoped now that after Klaus, this nation does not deserve Milos Zeman, the other presidential candidate Klaus has supported, he adds.
Zeman is playing on the tune of the fear of Germans deeply rooted in Czech voters, combining it with Schwarzenberg's presence in the extremely unpopular government, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.
Zeman is presenting Schwarzenberg as a degenerated and anti-social advocate of Sudeten Germans, a stranger, he adds.
Zeman would not toughen his positions if he were not sure that these are the instruments with which he will gain the voters necessary to be elected, Mitrofanov writes.
It will be soon seen whether common sense or emotions will prevail, but one thing is obvious already. The Czech Republic may become a country that will be placed somewhere to the east due to the person of its president, he adds.
Russian sorting of people has entered the game, who is not ours is a stranger, Karel Steigerwald writes in Mlada fronta Dnes, describing the latest televised duel of Zeman and Schwarzenberg and the way Zeman argued.
All the forgotten nationalist prejudices and complexes of inferiority are being revived only to thrown into the political struggle against Schwarzenberg, Steigerwald writes.
Those who do not want him to be elected, are joining the united front that associates Zeman with Klaus, dark Czech Catholic pseudo-conservatives, Jana Bobosikova's anti-European Sovereignty party, anarcho-liberals and Communists, he adds.
The main fighters against Schwarzenberg's non-Czech character Zeman and Klaus have come up with the arguments they used to reject the other day, Steigerwald writes.
Now they seem to be convenient. It is a mistake, they are only convenient to lower the level of the political struggle for the post of the head of state, he adds.
Someone will be elected, but the embarrassing chains of the awoken nationalism will remain, Steigerwald writes.
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