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Prague, Dec 18 (CTK) – Andrej Babis’s Czech minority government is most likely to be supported by Tomio Okamura’s Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) movement and Communists (KSCM), Josef Mlejnek writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today.
However, Okamura has come up with very strong demands: either a direct participation in the government or the condition that the government should implement the programme of his party, Mlejnek writes.
For the Pirates, the Social Democrats (CSSD) and the center-right parties associated in the Democratic Bloc, Babis is unacceptable as a prime minister because of his criminal prosecution, though it was suspended due to his parliamentary immunity.
The price for confidence to be expressed by the Chamber of Deputies is high. A cooperation of ANO with non-extremist parties is being complicated by Babis’ ambitions for the post of prime minister, while the cooperation with extremists by the fact that the government would have to implement quite a different programme than it is suggesting now, including the foreign policy orientation, Mlejnek writes.
The combined pressure of these facts is making Babis dependent on President Milos Zeman and his constitutional experiments in the style of “a long-standing full-fledged government without a confidence,” he adds.
Okamura, the host of a weekend conference of extreme right parties in Europe, can be satisfied as he has gained a full-fledged membership of the club and he is being praised by such stars as Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom, and Marine Le Pen, leader of the French National Front, Lukas Jelinek writes in Pravo.
The increasingly successful radicals are recommending that the EU should be toppled from inside, unveiling their vision of the Union of European Nations, he adds.
However, this rather suggests the idea of a ghetto, to which the extreme right would like to move all those it considers “alien,” Jelinek writes.
As this is unrealistic, the Europeans themselves may appear in the strictly delineated and carefully guarded ghetto, he adds.
The rout of the left in the October general election did not benefit the right as claimed by some media, but the parties outside the mainstream, which used to be called one-use parties, Antonin Rasek writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
What are the causes of the mass of the leftist voters preferring ANO? Rasek asks.
Many followers of the Communists may have been tired by the KSCM being constantly haunted by its past, due to which it does not insist on a really radical leftist policy.
However, it should be taken into account that due to the prosperous economy, social conditions are not favourable for a radical leftist policy, Rasek writes.
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