Final Word from Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New center-right parties are springing up like daisies in the Czech Republic, and Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek is the latest to ready the ground. He's threatening to break away from KDU-ČSL if his favored candidate, MEP Jan Březina, isn't elected to head the party. Some people are convinced that Kalousek is bluffing. We'll only know for sure if Březina loses, but one thing does indeed seem certain. Kalousek is sending the message to his fellow Christian Democrats that if he forsakes them, their financial future will be less than heavenly. Kalousek is thought by some to be a state-budget genius, but his real talent lies in watching over his own party's coffers. As KDU Chair Jiří Čunek himself has noted, Kalousek wants to be where all the big deals are. Kalousek the dealmaker is forcing KDU to choose between him and Čunek, who got nabbed for (allegedly) taking a trifling bribe of Kč 500,000.[Czech Republic People’s Party European Party corruption bribery]

Glossary of difficult words

to spring up like daisies - to multiply in great numbers;

to ready - to prepare;

MEP - Member of the European Parliament;

to bluff - to attempt to deceive someone into believing that one can or will do something;

to forsake - to abandon, leave;

heavenly - (informal) very pleasing, wonderful;

coffers - the funds or financial reserves of a group or institution;

to nab someone - (informal) to catch someone doing something wrong;

trifling - unimportant or trivial.


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