Czech press survey - January 31


31.01.2014 07:32

Prague - Fresh Interior Minister Milan Chovanec (Social Democrats, CSSD) will play the main role in the first factual conflict in the new Czech coalition government of Bohuslav Sobotka (CSSD), Lukas Jelinek says in daily Pravo today, referring to a planned police pay raise.


Premiér Bohuslav Sobotka (vlevo) uvedl 30. ledna v Praze do úřadu ministra vnitra Milana Chovance (vpravo). ČTK Šulová Kateřina

Chovanec promised to increase the wages of policemen and firefighters when Sobotka installed him in the ministerial office on Thursday, but Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) said No! in reaction shortly afterwards during his visit to Bratislava, Jelinek recalls.

He says Babis thus took the role of the previous guardian of the state coffers, Miroslav Kalousek (TOP 09).

Will other ministers explain to Babis that he is a member of a government that wants to tidy up after the radical austerity measures introduced by the centre-right government of Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS)? Jelinek asks.

The ODS made a big mistake when it did not include Jiri Pospisil in its new leadership as Pospisil was its only politician successful in the election in the recent years, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) in relation to Pospisil´s announcement that he is leaving the Civic Democrats.

It is praiseworthy that the ODS wants to get rid of everything old but the rejection of Pospisil as its first deputy chairman and then even as a regular chairman was unwise, although Pospisil is no hero, Honzejk.

The popularity of the ODS has been record low and it had problems to even enter parliament in the early general election last autumn.

Pospisil´s statement that he does not have a common language with the ODS anymore seems untrustworthy because he left the party only after he failed to defend his post in its leadership, Vaclav Dolejsi writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

Other right-wing parties, TOP 09 and ANO, have been trying to win over Pospisil for some time, but he did not accept their offers and left the ODS only after he failed at the party´s congress ten days ago, Dolejsi says.

He notes that the now disappointed Pospisil was ODS´s most popular politician and that he spent 15 years in the party.

Pospisil did a lot of good work as justice minister in Necas´s government. On the other hand, he is not a team player and he is unbearable when he is focused on his own positive image on the public, Dolejsi writes.

Czech politics does not lose much by the departure of Pospisil and former interior minister Martin Pecina (Zemanists, SPOZ), Martin Zverina says in Lidove noviny (LN).

Before the general election last autumn, these two men tried to persuade the public that they are devoted to their country and democracy, Zverina says.

But only a few months later Pecina and Pospisil show that they are not interested in domestic politics anymore, Zverina writes.

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