Final Word from Monday, July 8, 2013

Miloš Zeman elicits laughs and sometimes cringes with his one-liners and put-downs, but his stronger verbal weapon is the way he convincingly voices support for things he knows will never happen. By doing so, he masks his true political objectives and is able to blame someone else for allowing them to be realized. He said last week that he welcomes early elections - which of course he does not - and then he put the fault on the lower house if the elections don't materialize. He also initially voiced support for a "very extensive interpretation" of the Constitution that would allow the president to remove the PM of his own volition. When he later retreated, he said he had to because ČSSD Chair Bohuslav Sobotka didn't want to bring down the Nečas government. How long will it be before the president's support for joining the EU hard core and the eurozone proves to be the same sort of Zemanspeak?[Czech Republic newspeak prime minister European Union hardcore]

Glossary of difficult words

cringe - a feeling of embarrassment or disgust;

one-liner - a short joke or witty remark;

put-down - a remark intended to humiliate or criticize someone;

of one's own volition - of one's own free will, by choice;

to retreat - to change one's decisions, plans or attitude, as a result of criticism from others;

hard core - the most active, committed or doctrinaire members of a group or movement.


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