Czech press survey - June 2


02.06.2014 08:11

Prague - "No" sounds in the Czech junior government ANO (YES) movement as its representatives are turning into politicians, Karel Steigerwald writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.


Ministryně spravedlnosti Helena Válková (vpravo) a její první náměstkyně Hana Marvanová vystoupily 5. května na tiskové konferenci v Praze. ČTK Šulová Kateřina

He notes that in the Czech Republic a politician primarily means a dispute, a conflict, a brawl and disintegration.

ANO has so far been presented as a project of one strong man, its chairman, billionaire businessman Andrej Babis, who held the movement´s political life firmly in his hands. But times are changing, Steigerwald indicates.

He recalls that at present Justice Minister Helenas Valkova (ANO) is in dispute with her first deputy Hana Marvanova and the Prague ANO organisation is at odds over its election leader.

"Politicking" starts, Steigerwald writes.

He says ANO had a number of personalities without political past to fill posts with, which was an advantage in elections, but now it seems to be its weak side. It lacks people experienced in everyday politics.

"However, we all have problems with the lack of real politics, that is political topics, which would enrich and develop the state. It might be interconnected. No people - no topics," Steigerwald concludes.

Czech President Milos Zeman actually pursues his specific version of "real politics" - he tends to support the strong and popular ones until they keep power, Zbynek Petracek writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today.

He recalls that Zeman most recently praised the government of Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD), maybe because it relies on the success and popularity of Andrej Babis (ANO head), deputy PM and finance minister, to a high extent, which the recent EP polls confirmed.

Zeman´s "real politics" will not go against anyone who shows strength and scores success, Petracek says.

This is also true about Zeman´s stances on foreign leaders. At present he supports the idea of Polish Radoslaw Sikorski as the next "EU foreign minister," though they have different views of the Ukrainian crisis and the role of Russian President Vladimir Putin in it.

Twist, discrepancies, but at the same time a persistent respect for power, this is Zeman´s real politics, Petracek writes in LN.

Prague does not have any memorial to the Czechoslovak WWII pilots in the British Royal Air Force (RAF) yet, almost 70 years after the war´s end, and this is also why the current debate about where, when and whether it should be built is embarrassing, Robert Brestan writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.

A two-metre bronze statue of a winged lion, donated by the British community living in the Czech Republic, was to be unveiled in the Klarov park in Prague centre on June 17, but the National Heritage Institute (NPU) has issued a negative stance on the location and it is not sure whether the monument would be built at all.

Brestan writes that a monument is not only a piece of stone or bronze, something that "occupies public space," it is also a significant symbol that shows evidence of us, the period and the regimes in which we are living.

Czechs should have built a monument to the RAF pilots themselves a long time ago, even without a British gift, Brestan adds.

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