Final Word from Thursday, February 1, 2007

The Topolánek government is fragile not only because it depends on two renegades from the opposition for its existence, but also because of the oversized impact of KDU-ČSL and the Greens. The two small parties are in a position to take ODS hostage, but their roles so far are very disparate. In just one month, KDU has managed several mini-scandals, and Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek hasn't even had time yet to exercise his black magic at ČSA, ČEZ and the defense ministry. Premier Mirek Topolánek can appease KDU simply by turning a blind eye to its indulgences. The Greens, in contrast, won't be appeased so easily and are making their presence known by provoking legitimate political debates concerning the EU constitution, missile defense and nuclear power. As KDU heads toward a self-inflicted disaster, the Greens are becoming a real political force. [Czech Republic Christian Democrats European Union treaty]


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