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Právo - Czech Republic | 01/11/2013

Trust in Czech Social Democrats shattered

The attempt from within the Czech Social Democratic party to oust party leader Bohuslav Sobotka has failed. Deputy leader Michal Hašek has admitted having denied a conspiratorial meeting with President Miloš Zeman for days on end, but has refused to step down. For the left-leaning daily Právo, the affair has dealt a severe blow to the party's credibility: "Hašek has apologised for his conscious and repeated lies and declared his support for Sobotka. But something has changed in this short week. The Social Democrats have lost the confidence of many voters and enduringly harmed their negotiating position vis-à-vis potential partners. Instead of being able to stipulate the conditions for a coalition they can only hope they'll even be allowed to form part of one now. We should not be surprised if this inauspicious parody of a putsch brings new early elections."

Kulturní týdeník A2 - Czech Republic | 24/01/2008

Prague secedes, in spirit

Czechs are taking higher costs and a narrower social safety net in stride, finds sociologist Jan Keller. Prague used to be the first place for protests. "Today's elite sees to it that Prague's quality of life is higher than that in the rest of the country. The conformity of Prague's inhabitants is bought with better living conditions. About 20 years ago, the average income in Prague was only slightly higher than that in other regions. Today, Praguers earn more than 150 percent more than the others. The jobless rate, and thus the risk of economic decline, are much lower. That also explains election results. Prague residents are much more conservative. The further away you get from Prague, the more support you see for the left parties. ... One result is that Prague has become a state within a state, and its residents no longer identify with the rest of the country."

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