Czech press survey - May 31


31.05.2014 13:21

Prague - Czech voters did not support any of the priorities of the parties that were seeking their votes in the recent European Parliament (EP) election, Jan Keller, Social Democrat (CSSD) sociologist and new MEP, writes in daily Pravo today.


Ilustrační foto - Lídr kandidátky ČSSD pro volby do Evropského parlamentu Jan Keller. ČTK Vondrouš Roman

He writes that the voters did not support the CSSD´s call for the maintenance of welfare state on all-European level. They may have believed that this social model is no longer tenable, or they did not believe that Czech MEPs will be able to influence anything in Brussels.

However, the voters did not even support the call of the Eurosceptics, who would prefer Europe being reduced to a free trade zone and who like to hinder any effort at closer integration, Keller writes.

Yet, there is a piece of favourable news: no Czech mini-party or movement, which could support extreme nationalists and xenophobes in the EP has succeeded, Keller writes..

The extremely low turnout (18.3 percent) in this country does not allow to view the EP election as an indicator of a possible result of the autumn local and Senate elections, Keller writes.

He adds that only these elections will show whether the left is really declining while the right is not reinforcing.

The Czech right from time to time calls the Constitutional Court (US) a third house of parliament, but in the latest election of judges, some senators showed that they would like to turn the US into their branch or an instrument with which to push through their political goals, Lukas Jelinek writes elsewhere in Pravo.

He is commenting on the approval of two new US judges, Tomas Lichovnik and Vojtech Simicek by the Senate this week and the rejection of Jiri Nykodym.

The senators pointed to his rejection of a constitutional complaint about "church restitution" during his first term, which was filed mainly by senators for the CSSD, which dominates the Senate.

When rejecting Nykodym, senators may have not realised that lawyers, irrespective of whether they hold a majority or a minority opinion, should succeed in the elections of US judges, Jelinek writes.

He writes that the constitution, the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms and laws should be decisive.

Billionaire businessman Andrej Babis, deputy prime minister, finance minister and ANO movement, has been trapped by his own success, Petr Kambersky writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN).

Justice Minister Helena Valkova (for ANO) is at war with her own deputy minister Hana Mravanova, while both were expected to bring ANO points, Kambersky writes.

He recalls an interview he did with Babis before ANO won some 18 percent in last October´s early general election and became the second strongest coalition government party.

Kambersky writes that he told Babis the biggest problem of ANO would be if it did not get 5 percent of the vote, required for entering parliament, but perhaps 10 percent because not only tis lists of candidates´ leaders are checked, while this also applies to people running in second or third place.

Babis replied that this is true and that ANO is afraid of this, Kambersky writes.

He writes that Babis was afraid of unpredictable lawmakers, but now he is dealing with more serious issues concerning ministers and leaders for the autumn local and Senate elections.

Not only the state, but not even a party can be managed like states, Kambersky writes, hinting at Babis´s conviction that the state can be managed like a firm.

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