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Die Welt: Communists may return to power, Czechs seem not to mind

ČTK |
25 April 2012

Berlin, April 24 (CTK) - The Communist Party (KSCM) may return to power in the Czech Republic and the Czechs do not seem to mind it, German daily Die Welt writes in a commentary on the Czech political situation Tuesday.

The paper refers to a huge trade union demonstration, held in Prague on Saturday, that criticised the government and called for early elections.

The centre-right government of Petr Necas is facing its fall after a series of corruption scandals and the possible early elections would probably mean a U-turn to the left, Die Welt writes.

Opinion polls indicate that the Social Democrats (CSSD) would win the elections now and that their minority government would be supported by the KSCM, the paper recalls.

The Communist Party would be able to at least indirectly decide on the government's actions for the first time since the Velvet Revolution in 1989, Die Welt points out.

Czechs have had caretaker cabinets and cabinets existing only thanks to support from defectors. They got used to various practices by cabinet members and wave them away, the paper writes.

It says the chaos in the Czech government was caused by the smallest coalition party Public Affairs (VV) that regularly blackmailed its partners, Necas's Civic Democrats (ODS) and TOP 09 of Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, in an amateurish manner.

Earlier this month, the VV split in two groups after its strongman Vit Barta was convicted of bribery. The ODS and TOP 09 ended its alliance with the VV. They will form a new government coalition with the group of Karolina Peake who recently left the VV, if they survive the confidence vote in parliament on Friday.

The common people are fed up with the current cabinet, Die Welt writes in connection with the weekend demonstration.

Czechs dislike the current ruling parties because of their scandals and squabbling, which shattered Necas's team and rid it of its legitimacy, and because of the repeated austerity packages recently accompanied by tax hikes, the paper writes.

Die Welt says the coalition parties want to avoid early elections since they are aware that their election results would be poor now.

A left-wing government arising from early elections certainly would not be able to fulfil all of its promises due to the empty state coffers, but the Czech Republic would definitely not observe the budget discipline, which Necas's cabinet has pledged to do, although it did not sign the EU fiscal compact, Die Welt writes.

A CSSD-KSCM government would turn the Czech Republic into an unpredictable region in Europe in budgetary and political affairs, the paper says.

The KSCM is not considered democratic by the other parties in Czech parliament who say it has not given up its ideology and has not reformed itself. The CSSD resolution from the 1990s bans cooperation with the Communists on governmental level.

The current centre-right coalition has already lost all of its legitimacy, the paper writes.

There is no good way out of the situation for the Czech Republic from the political point of view, Die Welt concludes.

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