published: 14.09.2013, 12:46 | updated: 14.09.2013 13:11:20
Prague - The Civic Democratic Party (ODS) and TOP 09 may merge in the voters' eyes after their joint rule, but there are many differences between them, Stanislav Balik writes in Lidove noviny.
Perhaps the most visible discrepancies between the parties are in their approach to the current form of European integration, Balik writes.
The conservative TOP 09 accepts it almost without reservations, insisting on the demand to join the Fiscal Compact, while under the influence of the ODS, the Czech Republic has been one of the only two EU countries not to have signed it along with Britain, he adds.
The ODS assumes absolutely different positions on the EU, rejecting the existing form of the EU as too centralist and interventionist. It still adheres to the concept of national state, in which the largest portion of political decisions should be made, Balik writes.
After the ODS unveils its election manifesto, many more differences will come to the light as they arise from differing roots from which the two parties have grown, he adds.
If the rightist voters overcome the disappointment from the past years, they will have a real choice, not only of faces, but also of election manifestoes, Balik writes.
Controversial lobbyist Miroslav Slouf was mercilessly deleted from the list of candidates of the Party of Citizens' Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ) because he is no longer the closest aide to President Milos Zeman, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.
Or perhaps because he does not have the right opinions for the party that claims to be leftist? No, this is not so. Instead of Slouf, the Prague list of candidates will be headed by Transport Minister Zdenek Zak, a founder of the Young Conservatives and later a regional manager of the right-wing ODS, Mitrofanov writes.
It is worth listening to the seasoned Slouf. He said the struggle for power, influence and money is mostly the bitterest, he adds.
Zeman's party used to have Slouf at the top of its list of candidates, but then it withdrew him, but voters will still bear in mind that he used to be there, Karel Steigerwald writes in Mlada fronta Dnes.
Slouf is being denoted as a lobbyist. However, it would be much more appropriate to denote him as a Communist lobbyist, Steigerwald writes, referring to Slouf's past under the Communist regime.
This sounds like banker Marx, he adds.
Former Social Democrat prime minister Jiri Paroubek has given up the fight for a post in the Chamber of Deputies, Steigerwald writes.
Paroubek used to be considered a bulldozer. Those calling him so, mistook force with vulgarity, he adds.
Now history has turned its back to Paroubek. The place Paroubek used to assume with such a success was occupied in the meantime by new Paroubeks, Steigerwald writes.
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