published: 19.10.2013, 12:50 | updated: 19.10.2013 13:05:03
Prague - It is a good thing that Soviet dissident Natalya Gorbanevskaya is coming to the Czech Republic right now, at the moment of the debates on whether the Czech foreign policy exaggerates its stress on human rights and criticism of the state of democracy in Russia, Zbynek Petracek writes in Lidove noviny (LN).
Who else is more qualified to contribute to the debate than the lady who defended Czechs at the moment when their situation was the worst, for which she terribly suffered? Petracek writes.
It should be taken for granted that President Milos Zeman will receive her, but in the current gloomy atmosphere one should be grateful even for this, he adds.
However, there are still other serious questions such as whether Gorbanevskaya will receive the Czech national decoration on the state holiday on October 28, Petracek writes.
Who else than this state should appreciate such a personality as Gorbanevskaya, he adds about the poet and dissident, one of the "Magnificent Seven" Soviet citizens who staged a protest against the invasion of Czechoslovakia on Red Square in Moscow in late August 1968.
The political system formed since the 1989 overthrow of the Communist regime is virtually disappearing before the public eyes, Bohumil Pecinka writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
As it will not be replaced with any mainstream constitution, political instability is the name for it, Pecinka writes.
It seems a few weeks before the early election that the Chamber of Deputies will only be composed of the representatives of the left, extreme left and populists, he adds.
The axis right-left will be pushed out of the game, Pecinka writes.
The system may be recovering from the crushing blow for decades, he adds.
The Social Democrats (CSSD) may be selecting from three partners when forming the new government after the election, Lenka Zlamalova writes in Lidove noviny (LN).
The statement by Karel Schwarzenberg, leader of the conservative TOP 09, that forming a coalition with the Social Democrats is the only realistic alternative is only surprising at first sight, Zlamalova writes.
In fact, Schwarzenberg has not made any breakthrough statement, only described the state of affairs, she adds.
TOP 09 is only having two options. Either it will go into the opposition after the election, or it will be in the government along with the Social Democrats, Zlamalova writes.
As far as are the Social Democrats are concerned, they will have three options. If their leader Bohuslav Sobotka is named the prime minister, he may choose either Schwarzenberg or head of the ANO movement Andrej Babis. For Sobotka, they may be better companions than the Communists (KSCM) if he wants to be independent from President Milos Zeman, she adds.
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