Czech press survey - May 24


24.05.2014 13:14

Prague - The role of the leader in the European elections practically rests in the ability not to anger too many potential voters, nothing more, Petr Kambersky writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.


Volby, urna - ilustrační foto. ČTK Šálek Václav

He writes that a crushing majority of people vote according to party sympathies, also because it is difficult to find a manifesto with specific goals.

The results of Jan Zahradil, European Parliament (EP) election leader of the formerly senior government, now opposition Civic Democrats (ODS), and Social Democrat (CSSD) leader Jan Keller will show how much they have breached the golden Euro-rule "not to anger voters" with their slogans.

Zahradil coined the slogan "We do not want the eruo," Keller claimed "the Americans will destroy farmers´ markets," Kambersky writes.

In Pravo, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes that the call of ANO leader and Finance Minister Andrej Babis for the Czech representatives who will be elected to the EP to be united and defend the Czech interest irrespective of their party allegiance could be comprehended if Babis were not a politician.

But if someone is deputy prime minister and head of a government political entity, they should pronounce words that are meaningful from the political point of view, Mitrofanov writes.

He writes that in democratic politics, parties, movements and other entities are defenders of the interests of particular groups of national society, which differ by their opinions and social status.

Babis crowned his words with saying ANO does not support the EU´s greater integration and it is not in favour of the introduction of the euro either, Mitrofanov writes.

He writes that if the polling agencies´ predictions that ANO will win the EP election were right, this would be a bizarre winner.

Czechs live beyond their means, in terms of the diversity of their political parties at least, Lukas Jelinek writes elsewhere in Pravo and adds that there are lots of them, while it happens often that one can be confused with another.

What is the programme gap between the Pirates, the Greens and the Liberal-ecological Party? Is it possible to find ten differences between the Civic Democrats (ODS) and the Party of Free Citizens? The anti-European and xenophobic parties on the far right are as like as two peas, too, Jelinek writes.

Will not the parties erase one another from the political map? The European Parliament (EP) election campaign with a narrow range of themes (the euro, immigration, Ukraine) has only underlined the questions, Jelinek writes.

When reading the restrictive political programmes of the opposition TOP 09 and the government ANO movement, the question of why they are scolding one another so strongly arises, Jelinek writes.

Is it only because of the enmity between former finance minister Miroslav Kalousek (TOP 09) and current minister Andrej Babis (ANO)? The difference between parties may perhaps only rest in that some claim about the others that they were stealing, while the others claim about the former that they are going to steal, Jelinek writes.

Or, has the clash between the left and the right been replaced with a clash between the old and the new? "The fresher you are and the more vehemently you refuse being designed as a politician, the bigger chances you have," Jelinek writes.

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