Wednesday, 17 January 2018
Opinion | ČTK

Czech political parties may be wrong when writing off the Communists (KSCM) as a possible ally to help them stop the rise of Andrej Babis and Tomio Okamura, the autocrat leaders of the democracy-unfriendly ANO and SPD movements, Jiri Pehe writes in daily Pravo on Saturday.

Opinion | ČTK

ANO leader and next PM Andrej Babis has allied with the Communists (KSCM) and the anti-EU Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) in parliament as a result of which the country may soon have an ANO cabinet leaning on a "red-brownish" base, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) on Friday.

Opinion | ČTK

The prevailing Euroscepticism of Czechs is rather surprising and its causes are evidently internal, not inflicted from outside, political analyst Jiri Pehe wrote in daily Pravo on Thursday.

Opinion | ČTK

President Milos Zeman is the favourite of the Czech direct presidential election in which he will be facing eight rivals in January, but he may surprisingly fail like he surprisingly succeeded in the previous election in 2013, Erik Tabery writes in weekly Respekt out on Monday.

Opinion | UNIAN

President Miloš Zeman is a welcomed guest in Moscow where he is referred to with piety as Putin's personal friend. Being a Russian president's friend means being ready to turn a blind eye to Russian crimes in Ukraine.

Opinion | The Slovak Spectator

Political somersaults in the Czech Republic can easily threaten Slovakia. If the presidential elections and government formation in Prague take a wilder turn, the country beneath the Tatra mountains will become the last island of liberal democracy in a region full of "strange" regimes resistant to the European Union.

Opinion | ČTK

Post-election talks have been inconclusive so far but it is not due to lacking solutions but to democratic parties' obstinacy, which prevents the emergence of a new government and with which the election-winning ANO will cope sooner or later, Petr Honzejk wrote in Hospodářské noviny.

Opinion | ČTK

Cardinal Dominik Duka, the Czech Catholic primate, may be regretting having sided with Tomio Okamura's Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) movement that is now calling for a new tax to be imposed on churches, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) on Wednesday.

Opinion | Politico.eu

President Miloš Zeman 'says what people want to hear, the way they want to hear it' — just like Donald Trump.

Opinion | ČTK

A government may rule the Czech Republic and achieve a lot even if it fails to win a confidence vote held in the Chamber of Deputies, Jiří Pehe says in Právo, adding that President Miloš Zeman seems ready to let ANO leader be prime minister for rather long in such a case.

Opinion | ČTK

The governance experiment Czech President Milos Zeman is preparing together with ANO leader Andrej Babis deserves criticism but no hysterical reaction, and those who label it an apocalypse should better try to boost their own credibility, Lukas Jelinek writes in Pravo on Saturday.

Opinion | ČTK

Former PM Mirek Topolánek joined the Czech presidential race in the last moment but he is a strong candidate who might stop the incumbent President Miloš Zeman on his path to re-election, Slovak daily Sme wrote.

Opinion | ČTK

The new lower house of Czech parliament that emerged from the October general election is blocked as three groups that do not talk together formed in the house, but the constitution is forcing them to reach some compromise, Petr Kambersky writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) on Saturday.

Opinion | ČTK

A general referendum bill promoted by new Czech parties such as ANO and Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) is a way for them to erode democracy and the country's Euro-Atlantic links, which democratic parties should try hard to prevent, Jan Štětka wrote in Hospodářské noviny.

Opinion | EUobserver

With the anti-establishment ANO movement of Andrej Babiš winning parliamentary elections by a landslide, the political future of the Czech Republic will be decided by presidential elections in January. Either Babiš will rule in tandem with the current president who openly serves Russian interests, or a new, pro-Western head of state will balance out ANO's powerful chief.