Final Word from Monday, May 24, 2010

What would the Czech government look like if, as Petr Kolář of LN hypothesized in April, Miroslav Kalousek of TOP 09 became the next PM? This could only realistically happen if ČSSD and ODS agreed on a grand coalition but needed to disguise it, to avoid a blowout in the municipal elections this fall. TOP 09 is warning in a new advertisement against an ODS-ČSSD grand coalition with VV's support, but the TOP 09 lineup would be much more suitable. Kalousek has proven his willingness to accommodate both the military-industrial complex (he's a big supporter of using middlemen for arms deals) and the electrostate (he suddenly dropped his criticism of ČEZ's "privatization of public authority"). Karel Schwarzenberg, who promises to oppose the exploitive "power cartel," would be put in an uncomfortable position, but it wouldn't be anything the top foreign-ministry post couldn't cure quickly enough.[Czech Republic Věci veřejné Lidové noviny prime minister premier]

Glossary of difficult words

to hypothesize - to put something forward as a hypothesis or possibility;

blowout - a lopsided victory or (as in this case) a thorough defeat (because voters would object to the grand coalition on the national level);

lineup - a group of people brought together in a particular context, esp. the members of a sports team or a group of musicians;

military-industrial complex - a country's military establishment and those industries producing arms or other military materials, regarded as a powerful vested interest;

electrostate - (our term) a country in which government and industrial policy is guided by the interests of the electricity industry;

exploitive/exploitative - tending to exploit.


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