published: 16.10.2013, 07:24 | updated: 16.10.2013 07:31:50
Prague - The Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ) is obviously splitting, Karel Skrabal writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD), adding that a rebelling group headed by Vladimir Dryml and Miroslav Slouf has challenged the leaders in control of the party, Vratislav Mynar and Martin Nejedly.
It is not a conflict between good and evil but between two evils, Skrabal writes.
There are not many ideas that would unite SPOZ members, with the exception of their servile kowtowing to President Milos Zeman. The only genuine meaning of the SPOZ´s existence is its role of a lift to power, Skrabal writes.
After the elevator lifted its "heaviest consignment" (Zeman) to Prague Castle, a skirmish broke out in front of the cabin now that the October 25-26 general election has drawn nearer, Skrabal writes.
The number of SPOZ politicians seeking a lift to high politics, however, exceeds the lift cabin´s capacity, he adds.
It would be optimal if the lift failed to set in motion, i.e if the SPOZ failed to cross 5-percent the parliament threshold in the upcoming polls. The failure would be a chance for the SPOZ to develop its own ideas. It would also benefit the Social Democrats (CSSD), the election favourite, as it would prevent Zeman from using the SPOZ as an instrument to influence the formation of the next government coalition, Skrabal writes.
The question of whether former Czech president Vaclav Klaus has received the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom rightfully is unimportant, and it is ridiculous of his critics to urge the Victim of Communism Memorial Foundation to revoke its decision, Ondrej Neff writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN).
The U.S. foundation definitely does not view Klaus as a pre-1989 Czechoslovak partisan living in a forest and sabotaging the then Soviet military transports. It made it clear that the medal went to Klaus as a Czech post-1989 political leader who served freedom and democracy long and effectively and stuck to free market principles in spite of attacks coming from the left, Neff writes.
However, attention must be paid to Klaus´s recent aims and efforts. He is evidently striving to undermine the European Union as much as possible, and he uses the term "freedom" to achieve the goal, Neff writes.
Klaus says freedom has been creepingly jeopardised by crypto-Marxism. However, the behaviour of Klaus as the Czech political scene´s protagonist in the past two decades showed many discrepancies between his proclamations and real steps, which makes him rather untrustworthy. This, not an unimportant medal bestowed on him, is what people should pay their attention to, Neff concludes.
All Czech parties, with the "honest exception" of TOP 09 and the Greens, unfortunately comment too vaguely on their approach to the plan to extend the Temelin nuclear power plant by another two units, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
The parties assert that they would like Temelin to be extended but, if elected or re-elected to parliament in the upcoming polls, they would be against the state guaranteeing the prices of energy, Honzejk recalls.
However, in view of the present period of extreme uncertainty, when no one knows how the energy prices will develop, it would be irresponsible of Temelin´s operator CEZ to make so giant an investment on its own, without the state guarantees, Honzejk says.
The Czech economy does not need new energy now that an equivalent of Temelin´s present production is being exported and that the chance of energy export might shrink soon, Honzejk writes.
Would it pay to extend Temelin as an investment incentive for the domestic industry? If so, the project´s advocates should tell it clearly and bear responsibility for it by giving the guarantees to CEZ, Honzejk adds in conclusion.
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