Thursday, 14 December 2017
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.

Opinion | Radio Prague

A Russian top politician turned opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in central Moscow in 2015. Following his murder his daughter Zhanna Nemtsova moved to Germany, where she works as a journalist and runs a foundation named after her father. She spoke at the Jihlava documentary festival.

Opinion | ČTK

Andrej Babis, whose ANO movement won the recent Czech elections, should back President Milos Zeman's rival ahead of the January presidential race in exchange for democratic parties supporting the birth of an ANO minority government, David Klimes wrote in Hospodářské noviny.

Opinion | ČTK

President Miloš Zeman arranged the annual awarding ceremony organised by his office on the national holiday of October 28 as part of the campaign for his re-election, with subliminal advertising of himself, Petr Honzejk wrote in Hospodářské noviny.

Opinion | ČTK

President Milos Zeman's physical condition sharply declined in the past year, which raises the question of how he would cope with the presidential duties if elected for another five-year term in January, Petr Kambersky wrote in Monday's Lidové noviny.

Opinion | ČTK

The idea that the victory of ANO chairman Andrej Babiš in the Czech general election is a part of a wider anti-EU uprising is wrong, as the "tycoon with a populist bent" does not represent any particular ideology, British weekly The Economist wrote in a commentary on Friday.

Opinion | ČTK

Czech ANO largely owes its election triumph to attracting voters from very different parts of the political spectrum, which makes some say the differences between the left and the right are fading out, but only the birth of an ANO cabinet can prove if this is true, Jiří Pehe wrote in Právo.

Opinion | ČTK

The series of changes Czech ANO leader Andrej Babis outlined in his new book would reduce the principles of representative democracy in the country, if implemented after ANO's sweeping victory in the October 20-21 general election, Tomas Lebeda writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) Wednesday.

Opinion | EUobserver

The victory of the Czech oligarch Andrej Babis in Prague is likely to further undermine the Visegrad alliance. The success of Sebastian Kurz in Vienna and a future coalition with the far-right, with their new ambition to lead in the region, will only speed up this process.

Opinion | The New York Times

The Czech Republic, with its more secular, democratic grounding, long seemed like the best hope for a bridge between East and West. But the victory by Ano and its billionaire leader, Andrej Babiš, make that unlikely.

Opinion | ČTK

The Czech Republic has come closer to such countries as Poland or Hungary after the weekend election to the Chamber of Deputies, in which Andrej Babiš' ANO scored a landslide, the German paper Die Welt wrote.

Opinion | ČTK

No one wants to be involved in a cabinet with ANO's head Andrej Babiš in it, although the ANO movement clearly won the weekend Czech parliamentary election, the Austrian Die Presse daily wrote on Monday.

Opinion | ČTK

Czechs have completely rewritten the country's political map in the October 20-21 general election, which saw an increased number of voters who do not care about ideologies but find a strong leader important, domestic news sites agree in their commentaries published on Sunday.