Czech press survey - June 19


19.06.2014 07:39

Prague - The most multifunctional minister wants to re-enter diplomacy, Miroslav Korecky writes in daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today about Cyril Svoboda who was responsible for interior, foreign, regional development and legislative affairs in five Czech post-communist governments.


Ilustrační foto - Cyril Svoboda ve volebním středisku KDU- ČSL v Praze, kde 26. října sledoval výsledky parlamentních voleb ČTK Doležal Michal

Svoboda (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) may be the next Czech ambassador to the Vatican, Korecky writes.

But Svoboda has a dispute with the Foreign Ministry over the Diplomatic Academy. Both the ministry and Svoboda have been using this name for a school for diplomats, Korecky writes.

He says Svoboda will not go to the Vatican unless the dispute is solved.

Has the offer for Svoboda to go to the Vatican been only a part of the dispute between the two academies? Korecky asks.

The centre-left coalition government of Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD), which wanted to be different from the previous quarrelsome centre-right coalition of Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) is afflicted by internal struggle again, Petr Fischer writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

The Social Democrats will keep undermining the work of Justice Minister Helena Valkova (for ANO) because she is the weak point of the ambitious ANO and the local and Senate elections will be held this autumn, Fischer writes.

ANO leader Andrej Babis cannot replace Valkova because he would admit her lack of competence and recognise that the CSSD is right, Fischer writes.

It is clear that the CSSD-ANO battle will not be limited to Valkova. There will be many others like Valkova, over whom they will be fighting, Fischer writes.

Headhunter Babis did not take a lesson from his choice of candidates for senior posts, Lukas Jelinek writes in Pravo.

To his ANO movement, Babis invited managers of the Agrofert farming, food-processing and chemical holding who are reliable because they obey him. But when he sought prominent personalities, he addressed activist lawyer Hana Marvanova or former Prague mayor Jan Kasl who are popular but whom his party did not accept, Jelinek writes.

Marvanova gave up the post of deputy justice minister due to a clash with Justice Minister Valkova, ANO Prague branch rejected Kasl as its potential leader.

Most recently, Babis addressed former National Library director Vlastimil Jezek and Prague Zoo director Miroslav Bobek, Jelinek writes.

Next time, he may give a political offer to a shopping mall director or a waterpark manager, Jelinek writes with irony.

The advantage of Babis´s method is that he always can seek new candidates, the disadvantage is that he often makes a bad choice, Jelinek writes.

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