Czech press survey - January 27


27.01.2014 07:37

Prague - Apart from controversial steps and excesses, Czech President Milos Zeman made several good things in his first year in office - the hoisting of the EU flag at his seat and the naming of the missing constitutional judges, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in daily Pravo today.


Prezident Miloš Zeman 24. a 25. ledna navštívil Afghánistán, kde se setkal s českými vojáky, kteří v asijské zemi působí v rámci Mezinárodních sil pro podporu bezpečnosti v Afghánistánu (ISAF). Na snímku z 25. ledna je Miloš Zeman (uprostřed) po příletu na vojenskou základnu v Bagrámu. ČTK KPR/Herbert Slavík

Zeman´s fresh visit to the Czech soldiers deployed in Afghanistan is another good thing, he says.

Zeman has not managed to persuade the public that he as the first directly elected president should play a bigger role in politics, Mitrofanov says, quoting a statement made by Sociological Institute head Tomas Kostelecky on Sunday.

This would be a good conclusion of Zeman´s first year in office, Mitrofanov writes.

Even people who supported Zeman in the direct presidential election 12 months ago have started criticising him, however, Zeman would probably still win the presidential post if the election were held now, Petr Fischer writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

If the election were held now, Zeman would lose about one eight of his former supporters, or some 300,000 voters, Fischer notes.

This would nevertheless mean that he would have still more votes than his 2013 rival Karel Schwarzenberg, Fischer writes.

Zeman would win the direct presidential election even now for yet another reason: there is no personality among Czech politicians who could match him, which is rather sad, Fischer says.

ANO movement leader Andrej Babis, future finance minister, keeps quarrelling with his coalition partners, Jakub Kalensky writes in Lidove noviny (LN).

First, Babis did not want to let the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) have more than two ministers and then he at least wanted to prevent them from heading the Agriculture Ministry and he threatened that ANO and the Social Democrats (CSSD) might rule the country with support from Tomio Okamura´s Dawn of Direct Democracy, Kalensky recalls.

He says Babis always backpedalled on his strong statements.

Now Babis claims that deputy ministers, traditionally selected by coalition partners of the party that heads the ministry, should be "experts" not politicians nominated by parties, Kalensky writes, referring to the fact that Babis does not want a deputy minister proposed by the CSSD at the Finance Ministry, among others.

Babis does not like to be compared with Vit Barta, who was the mastermind of Public Affairs, the smallest coalition party in 2010-2012, Kalensky writes.

But Babis seems to behave similarly to Barta, being the same troublemaker, Kalensky concludes.

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