published: 17.10.2013, 07:23 | updated: 17.10.2013 07:54:17
Prague - The end of a liberal quarter of a century, Stanislav Balik writes in the headline of his commentary in Lidove noviny (LN), analysing the developments since the election of Czech President Milos Zeman at the beginning of the year.
The big turn started with the January and presidential election in which Czechs elected a man of great words and a strong will to change things irrespective of the wording and interpretation of the constitution, Balik writes.
He named in his government a number of persons that are similar to him. After the early election, they may be joined by others, especially those who would like to manage the state in an undemocratic fashion, like a firm, he adds in a veiled reference to food mogul Andrej Babis's ANO movement that is standing a big a chance of scoring a success in the election.
The liberal era that lasted almost one quarter of a century is ending. Strong personalities that do not look to the right or to the left and that pretend to only represent the well-being of all are coming to the scene, Balik writes.
However, if Czechs want to live in a free society, they need the respect to the rules more than anything else, he warns.
This relates to the constitution, the laws, regulations and technical standards, Balik writes.
The parties that would insist on the need of at first making unpleasant things to improve the life in the Czech Republic have disappeared, Karel Steigerwald writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
The parties that promised that they will at least not hamper people's lives are unlikely to get into the Chamber of Deputies, he adds.
As a result, one can only find pleasant things and the readiness to give money in parties' manifestoes, Steigerwald writes.
However, there is no rational reason to presume that anything good will come after the election, he adds.
Those promising that they will improve, change, transform Czech society rapidly should be watched with caution, Steigerwald writes.
In fact, there is no prospect of a rapid improvement, but of a rapid worsening after the election, he adds.
The voters who have not yet gone insane, should watch those who want to touch on what is the most essential thing, the rule of law. Without it or with its limitation, nothing good will come, Steigerwald writes.
Andrej Babis has left behind him even Silvio Berlusconi, when it comes to the range of the spheres in which he is involved, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN), pointing out that Babis is building an empire based on industrial, media and financial power and now he wants to protect it also with political power.
Oligarchy is the name that should be used for what the owner of the Agrofert firm is creating, he adds.
Purely technically, this does not threaten democracy, but the countries in which oligarchic structures work are not among those with the biggest freedom, Honzejk writes.
Do Czechs really want to have a finance minister who independently regulates his own bank? Honzejk asks.
Do Czechs want an agriculture minister supervising his own firm? he adds.
Should all of this happen with the backing of his own media? Honzejk asks.
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