published: 25.09.2013, 07:18 | updated: 25.09.2013 07:28:35
Prague - In Germany, observers expect a grand coalition to arise after the recent elections, if the Social Democrats (SPD) nod to the project, but a similar solution cannot be expected after the Czech elections due in late October, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in daily Pravo today.
Hypothetically, voters may give a far-biggest support to the leading left-wing party (Social Democrats, CSSD) and to the leading right-wing party (probably TOP 09 rather than the hitherto rightist leader Civic Democrats, ODS). If the two parties´ leaderships struck a grand coalition deal, it would take effect even though it would be "privately opposed" by President Milos Zeman, Mitrofanov writes.
However, this scenario is ruled out because both the CSSD and TOP 09 politicians know that it would backfire on them and on their parties in the future, Mitrofanov says.
Mainly the CSSD supporters would consider the CSSD´s alliance with TOP 09 of [ex-ministers] Karel Schwarzenberg and Miroslav Kalousek a clear betrayal, Mitrofanov says.
Even if some CSSD leaders decided for the grand coalition, their plan would be thwarted by the CSSD lawmakers who [as promising election candidates] already now "cherish Zeman in their hearts" and who will obey Zeman rather than CSSD leaders acting at variance with Zeman´s wish, Mitrofanov writes.
Unlike in Germany, the phenomenon accompanying the Czech elections is not unification of the society but its fragmentation, he adds.
Political parties always give generous promises to voters ahead of elections and afterwards the winning parties face criticism for failing to fulfil the promises, and the same will also happen after the October early general election in the Czech Republic, Petr Sabata writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
As a result, Czechs will not see the high-speed Internet network covering all towns and villages, which the Social Democrats (CSSD), the election favourite, promise to secure if they came to power, Sabata writes.
Nor will the voters see the abolition of NATO, which the Communists (KSCM), who may keep a possible next leftist minority cabinet afloat, have vowed to push through, or the free off-peak railway fare, a promise made by the Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ), a possible future junior government party, Sabata writes.
Seemingly, nothing is worse than a party´s failure to fulfil its election promises, but in fact there is even a worse scenario for voters to fear, he continues.
The Hungarian socialists promised everything to everyone, including a 50-percent increase in civil servants´ pay, ahead of the 2002 polls. They won. In 2004, Hungary´s state debt soared and in autumn 2008 Hungary asked the IMF for help, Sabata writes.
Why? Because the socialist cabinet fulfilled almost all of its election promises, he says.
In Lidove noviny (LN), Martin Weiss discusses President Milos Zeman´s intervention in the case of Paskov, an unprofitable coal mine with 3000 employees, which its private owner, the OKD company, wants to close as from end-2014.
On Tuesday, Zeman supported the government's plan to keep running the mine until 2016 and suggested that it be funded from OKD's former flats, which their present owner, RPG Byty company, should render to the Moravian-Silesian Region.
The proceeds from the 44,000 flats would amount to some 1.2 billion crowns a year.
By his proposal Zeman showed how the Czech industrial policy, whose absence he always criticised, should be like in his opinion. It can do without expensive IMF experts and global consulting firms, but the justice minister´s "presence" is typical of it, Weiss writes.
The state would neither nationalise nor buy anything. It has instruments to force private owners to do what it wants them to do, Weiss says.
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