Czech press survey - January 30


30.01.2014 07:35

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman is a big risk for new Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka´s (Social Democrats, CSSD) governance, which he confirmed during the appointing of the government by highlighting six mistakes in the list of future ministers that Sobotka submitted to him, Petr Honzejk writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.


Prezident Miloš Zeman (vlevo) jmenoval 29. ledna na Pražském hradě členy nové vlády premiéra Bohuslava Sobotky (vpravo). ČTK Vondrouš Roman

Zeman knows that the weaker the government, the more powerful the president. His first attempt to introduce the presidential system failed, but he will not give up, Honzejk writes.

He will be ridiculing the government, criticising it, setting one minister against another, he will be seeking ways of gaining more power, Honzejk writes.

But not even the heterogeneity of the government nor the eager president need be fatal for Sobotka´s rule. The government will be kept together by powerful forces: the need to score economic success and the fear of new elections, Honzejk writes.

However, the sketch from Prague Castle should warn Sobotka. He must improve his performance because he faces a rival who applies the style "every blow is allowed," Honzejk writes.

The Czech Republic seems to be enchanted since the very first moment of the new government that was to mend the holes in political culture was terribly embarrassing, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes on the same theme in Pravo.

He writes that actors from both parties concerned are to blame for it and adds that PM Bohuslav Sobotka (CSSD) must take personnel measures in reaction to the event.

President Milos Zeman, for his part, could have solved the problem in private because he had the letter full of mistakes for nine days before he appointed the government.

Instead, he intentionally contaminated the ceremonious act of government appointment only to prove to all what a numbskull he has to name prime minister, Mitrofanov writes.

The hope that Zeman will change and will be a greater statesman and a smaller avenger was obviously vain, Mitrofanov writes.

Lukas Jelinek writes elsewhere in Pravo that the opposition is weak and President Zeman´s powers only slightly exceed the possibility of kibitzing and churning out bons mots.

Bohuslav Sobotka´s government can only be defeated by itself. It seems sometimes that it has already started sawing off the the branch on which it is sitting, Jelinek writes.

He adds that the voters will not prepare a cushion for its soft landing, it would land on a very hard ground.

Modern time is getting shorter, the pace of life is accelerating, politicians need more and more words, Jana Bendova writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

One of the first Czechoslovak governments needed 900 words for its policy statement, while the first government of Vaclav Klaus in the 1990s needed more than 7,000, Milos Zeman's (1998-2002) raised the number to more than 11,000, Vladimir Spidla's team (2002-04) needed 13,000 words and the previous political government of Petr Necas as many as more than 14,000 words, Bendova writes.

She writes that the rising numbers of words should not be seen as a problem. Only the collectors of bound government policy statements must count with a bigger and bigger library.

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