published: 24.10.2013, 07:27 | updated: 24.10.2013 07:40:41
Prague - Social Democrat (CSSD) chairman Bohuslav Sobotka, who has a strong chance of becoming the next Czech prime minister, does not make an impression of a strong leader that the country needs, Petr Honzejk writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.
He adds that the lack of distinctive personalities is not only the CSSD´s problem but the problem of traditional Czech parties and thereby Czech politics in general.
On the contrary, the neighbouring countries are being ruled by personalities who enjoy undoubted respect and have natural authority both in their parties and in society. They are leaders in the good sense of the word, Honzejk writes, citing the examples of Donald Tusk in Poland, Angela Merkel in Germany and Robert Fico in Slovakia.
Sobotka does not resemble them. His position is extremely difficult since the election victory and a change are expected from him, Honzejk adds.
"Sobotka can only surprise. We wish him it in a way... Because transparency and predictability are important for Czech politics and society. The traditional left and right wings need impressive leaders. Otherwise we will follow the fate of Italy. Or even something worse," Honzejk concludes.
The Czech Social Democrats (CSSD) and their leader Bohuslav Sobotka should not give up the rule of law by promising to violate the church restitution law, not even even in despair face to face their falling preferences ahead of the general election, Martin Zverina writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today.
He writes that the outgoing caretaker cabinet of Jiri Rusnok logically and rationally concluded that it would not interfere in the passed rules of the return of the churches´ property confiscated by the communist regime and it refused to issue any decrees modifying them.
On the other hand, Sobotka, in fears of losing the future PM´s post, is fighting for Prague Castle as the symbol of Czech statehood that must remain in the state´s hands (and thus no real estate situated there can be returned to the church) regardless of legal principles, Zverina says.
Sobotka may thereby lose the voters who can still see a guarantee of the law-abiding state and respect for civilised rules and values in his party, Zverina points out.
"This year´s elections are not only a struggle between the left and right but also between those who feel limited by laws and rules and those who want to provoke and tame rage and hatred," Zverina concludes.
A strong topic of the October 25-26 early general election is whether the Czech Republic will be heading for the East or the West, Karel Steigerwald writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.
He warns that "neo-Communists" have emerged promising easy welfare to people if they vote for them.
However, voters should rather trust those who intend to facilitate the state and lower both its expenditures and revenues not to raise its debts. No government is able to secure welfare, people must achieve it with their own effort, Steigerwald notes.
"Do not think that the introduction of communism with ´good-hearted´ Communists will fulfil their lies on welfare and prosperity," Steigerwald writes.
Every Communist will deprive people of their money to flood them with advantages, and of freedom to force these advantages upon them. This is a strong theme of every elections. In the Czech ones the question is: "to the East or to the West," Steigerwald concludes in MfD.
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