Czech press survey - January 8


08.01.2014 07:29

Prague - A new academic discipline called Zemanology is appearing in the Czech Republic, Bohumil Pecinka writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.


Prezident Miloš Zeman přijíždí 18. prosince na schůzi Senátu, který má schvalovat další dva kandidáty na ústavní soudce. ČTK Doležal Michal

The process of the naming of Social Democrat (CSSD) leader Bohuslav Sobotka's coalition government is accompanied with an eerie atmosphere of speculations and rumours, Pecinka writes.

Will President Milos Zeman appoint the new prime minister today, in a week or never? Pecinka asks.

Whom will he reject and to whom will he nod? Pecinka asks.

Will he at first appoint Sobotka and then torment him over the filling of his cabinet's posts or will he try to postpone his inauguration as long as possible?

These and further speculations relating to Zeman's unpredictable and dark steps are making from the legion of constitutional lawyers and political analysts candidates of a new science called real Zemanology, Pecinka writes.

The information blockade provokes the impression that the citizens of the Czech Republic, including those who elected the current head of state, are considered a crowd of untrustworthy individuals, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo, commenting on Zeman's reluctance to appoint Sobotka the new prime minister.

The Presidential Office is keeping silent on the reason for which it denies the public the information about when the new government will be established or at least when the new prime minister will be named, Mitrofanov writes.

Zeman is now about to visit the Karlovy Vary Region where he will meet the public and will face the questions relating to the government, he adds.

It will be a good opportunity for him to time his statement on what he thinks of the concluded coalition, Mitrofanov writes.

In fact, he may also say both during the trip and then in the Chamber of Deputies what his objections to some ministers are, he adds.

Perhaps he will not only repeat the mantra that experts must inevitable occupy ministerial posts, Mitrofanov writes.

Few are ready to tell him that when he himself was the prime minister, he did not much respect this principle, he adds, hinting at Zeman's tenure in 1998-2002.

Now the right moment has come for making at least a temporary reconciliation, Mitrofanov writes.

Czechs have no reason to be afraid of anything while the British are afraid of Eastern immigrants, Martin Biben writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD)

The British tabloids in particular are stupidly scaring the public with Romanians and Bulgarians freely moving around the European Union since the New Year, Biben writes.

However, the Czech Republic needs the immigrants from Eastern and South European countries that are close to Czechs with their cultural background, lifestyle and values, he adds.

It is certainly impossible to make any comparison with Britain and Germany that have attracted a tremendous number of foreigners, but Czechs, too, have their experience with immigrants, Biben writes.

In fact, the Czech experience has been positive in the crushing majority of cases, he adds.

It is a pity that the Czech Republic is unable to attract even more well-trained and hard-working people. In fact, the government immigration policy lacks effort and ideas, discouraging rather than encouraging immigrants, Biben concludes.

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