published: 07.03.2013, 07:20 | updated: 07.03.2013 07:42:23
Prague - It is rather pathological to stage some mocking events against outgoing Czech President Vaclav Klaus at the end of his mandate that expires today, Daniel Kaiser writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.
He comments on the protest of some activists who gathered outside the Tugendhat villa in Brno on Wednesday to ostentatiously turn their backs on Klaus arriving to meet his Slovak counterpart Ivan Gasparovic on the occasion of awarding state orders to one another.
Kaiser says Klaus deserves a high Slovak decoration at least for not having prevented the establishment of the independent Slovak state and having backed up Slovakia abroad when the country´s reputation was harmed under the then PM Vladimir Meciar.
Kaiser recalls that other "small events" aimed against Klaus are scheduled for today.
"There is something pathological in these people´s inability to behave in a dignified way at least at the moment when something ends for someone," Kaiser concludes in LN.
Outgoing President Vaclav Klaus has a real chance of being successful if he returns to high politics since hardly anyone can compete with him in terms of political experience and class, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo today.
He indicates that Klaus might ally with the eurosceptical Sovereignty of Jana Bobosikova who recently praised his contribution to parliament democracy and market economy and his "defence of the individual freedom."
However, Mitrofanov adds, Klaus´s concept of individual freedom is limited to the freedom of the president to act in compliance with his own ideas.
Yet neither Bobosikova nor Klaus need to address people capable of a critical way of thinking but they are seeking those who would give them votes in elections, Mitrofanov says.
Apart from Bobosikoava, there are other new populist politicians and parties with the ambition to "play a top league." If Klaus united and backed a number of them, they would might win broader support, Mitrofanov points out.
Klaus could help "plant them in the political garden," Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.
Outgoing President Vaclav Klaus is not the only one who feels sad today when his mandate end and he faces a high treason charge initiated by the Senate, as many other people feel sad about the results of his era, too, Jan Keller writes elsewhere in Pravo.
He says people who trusted Klaus´s optimistic economic outlooks feel sad since the Czech Republic has become equal advanced countries in (rising) unemployment rate and the number of bankruptcies but not in living standards of most people.
Besides, those reading Klaus´s ideas of the environment denying people´s share in the planet´s damage might be sad, too.
According to Klaus, serious and reasonable people must not see and if they catch a glimpse of something he does not want to see, they do not confess it, otherwise they would be environmentalists or followers of other "-isms, simply people with evil intentions, Keller notes.
"Vaclav Klaus can be calm. If nothing else, he will enter the short history of the Czech Republic with the saddest departure from the presidential post," Keller writes in conclusion.
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