published: 24.09.2013, 07:33 | updated: 24.09.2013 07:42:48
Prague - The Czech Social Democrats (CSSD), the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) and the Greens (SZ) have contacts with their partner parties that succeeded in the latest German election this weekend and entered parliament, Lukas Jelinek writes in daily Pravo today.
But the right-wing Civic Democrats (ODS) and TOP09 have not established strong relations to the CDU of Angela Merkel, which clearly won the weekend election and gained 42 percent, Jelinek says.
He says neither of the Czech big right-wing parties is likely to gain half of this.
The ODS even cannot be sure to win parliamentary seats and it follow the example of the German liberal FDP that failed in the election, Jelinek writes.
President Milos Zeman repeatedly said he would not accept a government coalition between the CSSD and TOP09, but in 1998 he as CSSD leader banned an alliance with the centre-right Freedom Union (US) and then he offered cooperation to the US, Jindrich Sidlo writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
Zeman´s minority government ruled with support from the Civic Democrats in 1998-2002. The time of the ODS-CSSD Opposition Agreement power-sharing pact is infamous for widespread corruption and favouritism, Sidlo recalls.
He says a grand coalition of the two biggest parties is not ideal and it should be used in extraordinary situations, but it need not have the bad consequences that Zeman´s power pact had.
A coalition of the CSU and the SPD ruled in Germany in 2005-09 and the country did not seem to suffer from it in any way, Sidlo writes.
A government coalition between the CSSD and TOP 09 is neither very probably nor ideal, yet if the two parties agreed on it, Zeman as president can do nothing about it and the CSSD and TOP 09 can push their vision through against Zeman´s will, Sidlo says.
Czech Eurosceptics have been irritated by the result of the German election in which Eurofederalist Merkel clearly won and the Eurosceptic AfD did not enter parliament, Michal Musil writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
Former president Vaclav Klaus issued an annoyed statement, Musil notes.
Not everything from Brussels is praiseworthy and some EU directives are a bothersome burden, yet often it are Czech bureaucrats who are lazy and inflexible but blame the EU for their own mistakes, Musil writes.
Czech Eurosceptics are angry that German voters preferred the fact that German economy fared well despite the economic crisis to dissatisfaction with some anomalies from Brussels, he says.
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