published: 01.10.2013, 07:23 | updated: 01.10.2013 07:40:21
Prague - The main reason of the former Czech centre-right government coalition´s loss of voter support, which an analysis released on Monday shows, are not higher taxes, but the continued squabbling within the coalition that has resulted in a loss of authority, Martin Weiss writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.
TOP 09 deputy chairman and former finance minister Miroslav Kalousek may rejoice at the information that he will strip the former senior government Civic Democrats (ODS) of 114,000 votes, while the ODS will take nothing away from TOP 09, Weiss writes.
Kalousek´s project of TOP 09 becoming the leader on the right is developing well. That this is happening at the cost of decimation of the whole right is nothing but a detail, Weiss writes with irony.
The Czech Civic Democrats (OS) are now bleeding from two wounds: the rest of its voters are under attack not only by TOP 09, its former government partner, but also the new ANO movement of billionaire Andrej Babis, Jiri Leschtina writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
He recalls that ANO is the sole entity running in the October 25-26 early general election whose voter supoort is growing and if it marekdly crossed the 10 percent mark, the ODS would suffer an utter flop, Leschtina writes.
In this situation it would only be an expression of the instinct of self-preservation if the ODS flooded the country with a self-confident portrait of its election leader Miroslava Nemcova and so made it clear that it is betting on her, not on acting chairman Martin Kuba, Leschtina writes.
However, Nemcova has become the face of the election campaign in Prague while Kuba, a years-old shadow of Godfather Pavel Dlouhy, is running in South Bohemia, hidden behind a billboard with variations on the slogan "I am voting for the right" that are sometimes border of dementia, Leschtina writes.
Other regional organisations still have time to make a choice between their insistence on betting on the variations of the above slogan, or on saying: We are offering a female prime minister, Leschtina writes.
He writes that it is clear that Nemcova will not become prime minister. But she is a politician who can start the purification of the ODS, that will end up in opposition after the elections, and attract a part of the hesitating voters.
Czech eno-Nazis´ demonstrations are more massive and citizens, until now loyal and now desperate, are joining them, Antonin Rasek writes in Pravo commenting on the demonstration that some 1000 radicals from the Workers´ Party of Social Justice (DSSD) staged outside a Romany dormitory in Ostrava, north Moravia, on Friday.
Rasek writes that the police may soon be incapable of coping with the neo-Nazis, but the reinforcement of them as proposed by outgoing Interior Minister Martin Pecina is hardly the correct solution. It would be much more rational to deal with the issue itself.
However, it is not Romanies and the underprivileged only. Neo-Nazi ideology aims at seizing power. Now its followers only represent a fraction of the population, but what if the crisis continues a d government fail in dealing with it? Rasek asks.
The neo-Nazis are also a social problem, a majority of them come from the socially excluded environment and they have an above-average number of criminal acts on their record, Rasek writes.
At the same there are minimally about 50 organisations that deal with the Romany issue. Their unification would definitely raise the effect of their activities, Rasek writes.
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