published: 21.09.2013, 13:09 | updated: 21.09.2013 14:21:20
Prague - Northern Moravia, where mass dismissals threaten now that the Paskov coal mine is to be closed and further may follow together with some engineering and steel firms, is still the steel heart of the country and if something happens there, social peace and stability may end, Lukas Jelinek writes in Pravo today.
"One bad word and emotions may flare up," Jelinek quotes a miner as saying.
Jelinek writes that it is now up to politicians to do something, and none of them underestimates the situation.
The rightist only talk about a solution to the social impact while the leftist recommend that the state take over the initiative in negotiations about the mines´ future too, Jelinek writes.
The outgoing caretaker government of Jiri Rusnok is marking time, the "experts" on his government probably consider the problem too big, Jelinek writes.
He writes that the outlook of northern Moravia has quickly become a subject of the forthcoming end-October general election.
Politicians are thinking about how to harness the presidential powers with a change to the constitution in reaction to the steps President Milos Zeman has taken since the fall of Petr Necas´s centre-right government in June, but every law, the old one or a possible new one, is insufficient for Zeman´s ability to appeal to voters, Martin Biben writes in daily Mlada frotna Dnes (MfD).
Zeman´s first tours of two regions have shown why he has a big chance of becoming a beloved head of state, Biben writes.
The third president of the Czech Republic, whom the more liberal part of society rather rejects and ridicules, simply knows how to talk to ordinary people, Biben writes.
He quite differs in this from Vaclav Havel, who was nice and modest in personal contact, but his ability to appeal to crowds with philosophical considerations was lower and lower, Biben writes.
Vaclav Klaus, who never concealed his elitist attitudes, rather on the contrary, was gradually losing contact with ordinary people and their problems due to his ideological distinctness, Biben writes.
He writes that Zeman´s success is simple. He still combines a political charisma that is exceptional in the Czech environment and an adroit and time-tested leftist populism.
The first place of outgoing caretaker Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok in the latest popularity poll confirms that rather dull and "unpolitical" politicians who do not arouse any conflicts are popular, Petr Pesek writes in Lidove noviny (LN).
The STEM poll also showed that also popular are the leaders of new political groupings who base their programmes on having an unclear attitude to or even feeling resentment against the traditional perception of politics as such, Pesek writes.
He adds that all this is happening against the already evident trends towards strengthening the role of the state.
This state of affairs is to blame on politicians of the big parties, mainly the rightist ones, and their inability to offer comprehensible visions and trustworthy personalities.
Pesek writes that the Social Democrats (CSSD), in spite of offering nothing great, filled three out of the five top positions in the poll.
Popularity is a superficial phenomenon, but it counts in elections, Pesek writes.
This may be warning at a time when Communist leader Vojtech Filip is still "adored" by 33 percent of people after a half century of building Communism, Pesek writes.
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