published: 26.10.2013, 13:22 | updated: 26.10.2013 13:54:46
Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman is no omnipotent ruler and his power and dangerous influence have been rather overestimated, Lenka Zlamalova writes in the daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.
It is a positive signal that the university elites were able to stand up against Zeman´s manners, she indicated.
Zlamalova compares Zeman and his predecessor in the presidential post Vaclav Klaus to a cobra paralysing rabbits that star at it with both fear and fascination.
However, Zeman´s behaviour is given too much public space, which creates a false image of a powerful ruler who decides on everything and everyone, which is not the truth, Zlamalova notes.
There is no doubt that Zeman is unscrupulous and revengeful, which he proved again this week by not inviting two university rectors to the state award-giving ceremony on the occasion of the national holiday on October 28 since they dared to oppose the head of state, Zlamalova says.
In protest of Zeman´s act, most other rectors refused to attend the event either.
At least Czech citizens could learn that the public universities are headed by self-confident elites that are able to say no to Zeman clearly and explain their decision, Zlamalova writes.
Nothing will change for the better in the Czech Republic after the October 25-26 general election if citizens do not start behaving actively with and apply a democratic way of thinking, Jiri Pehe writes in Pravo today.
After the collapse of the communist regime in 1989, people had unrealistic expectations connected with political parties but at the same time they rather despised party membership, Pehe says.
People have been repeatedly disappointed since most new parties in the country were established as projects of narrow groups of post-November 1989 elites and did not grow organically from the civic society as in the West, Pehe points out.
"After 1989, the facade of democracy as a series of institutions and mechanisms was created quickly in our country, however, it lasts much longer to create democracy as ´culture of the mind,´" Pehe writes.
In democracy without democrats, people have much higher demands on the state than on themselves and they are convinced that those on the top should secure the democracy functioning, Pehe says.
If Czech citizens keep this attitude, nothing will radically improve even after these elections, he says.
In other words, unless the majority in society learns to work as active citizens and democrats, completely unrealistic hopes will be still pinned on politics, Pehe writes in conclusion.
The winner of the early general election in the Czech Republic will experience a true Pyrrhic victory since the country is devastated after a seven-year victorious crusade of right-wing economical governments, Jan Keller writes elsewhere in Pravo today.
The World Economic Forum´s report indicated that the competitiveness of the Czech Republic has considerably worsened, Keller recalls.
Instead of trying to improve the country´s position, the previous two right coalition governments headed by the Civic Democrats (ODS) did their utmost to disintegrate the public sector, Keller writes, challenging the government´s pension and social reforms.
As far as the education sector is concerned, the right-wing governments probably considered it as useless for competitiveness as research and development, Keller adds ironically.
The worst election result would be if voters´ support were divided among too many parties. Then an endless haggling about the composition of a fragile government coalition would follow, while the Czech Republic´s competitiveness would keep declining steeply, Keller concludes.
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