published: 04.10.2013, 07:19 | updated: 04.10.2013 07:54:07
Prague - The results of the October 25-26 early general election in the Czech Republic are unclear, but it can already be said with certainty that billionaire Andrej Babis´s ANO movement plays the role of the cat among the pigeons, Lukas Jelinek writes in daily Pravo today.
If ANO kept the current pace of its voter preferences´ rise, it coudl revive the hope for the birth of a rightist government, Jelinek writes.
But the two former government rightist parties, the Civic Democrats (ODS) and TOP 09, would not hear about any alliance with ANO, Jelinek writes.
First, they have had a bad experience with Public Affairs (VV), second they would have to accept in the government Babis, who is unpredictable, Jelinek writes.
Babis disquiets mainly TOP 09 that hoped to take over the position of the leader on the right from the ODS, but now its dream is foggy, and therefore it points to Babis´s pre-1989 past, Jelinek writes.
Former Czech president Vaclav Klaus must know well what the departure from the European Union, which he called for in his interview with Mlada fronta Dnes this week, would mean because otherwise he would not have submitted the Czech application to the EU in 1996, Petr Honzejk writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN).
But if he now says that it would be good to leave the Union, with which he has startled even the more Euro-phobic part of the Civic Democratic Party he founded in 1991, it cannot be seen otherwise but as a desperate effort to attract attention back to his personality, Honzejk writes.
He writes that Norway , though not an EU member, has lots of agreements with the EU, a majority of which were approved unequivocally in parliament, and it is more loyal to the EU more than most of the member states.
Yet, Norway has a much smaller chance to push through its own interests in the EU, Honzejk writes.
He writes that Norway, being one of the richest economies of the world, can afford the luxury of the imaginary independence, but can the Czech Republic do this? Honzejk asks.
The cynical behaviour of President Milos Zeman and his Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ) does not pay them and public opinion polls show that the party may not enter the Chamber of Deputies in the forthcoming general election, Martin Zverina writes in Lidove noviny (LN).
Zeman has invested a huge amount of his trustworthiness in the election campaign and it is beyond any doubt that he is flagrantly breaching his publicly made promises, such as that he will be an impartial president, and this must be paid for, Zverina writes.
He writes that former Social Democrat chairman Jiri Paroubek knows this well. He definitively wasted the politicians and public´s trust when he decided overnight not to keep his promises and to call off early elections in 2009.
Since then his coalition potential was irreversibly decreasing. Zeman has ridiculed his critics to date because he still has the docile Social Democrats (CSSD) at hand, but this will not suffice after the elections, Zverina writes.
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