Final Word from Tuesday, May 29, 2012

MFD had an eye-catching headline yesterday - Klaus supports Zeman - but as is often the case, the headline didn't entirely match the main body of the text. Klaus did state in the article that people like Miloš Zeman who have done something for the country should run for president, but he didn't necessarily limit his endorsement to Zeman. Klaus might one day say the same thing about Jan Fischer. Like the Sarkozy-Hollande or Obama- Romney duels, it would make little difference in terms of the trajectory of the country whether Zeman or Fischer won. The deviation from the trajectory would only be something like +/- 5° in either case. Most of the Five Families understand this, so their support and money will go behind these two candidates, with the objective of making sure that no wild card has a chance. This means especially Jan Švejnar and Jiří Dienstbier. And with Zeman or Fischer, Klaus would have the added benefit of hearing nice things said about him and being invited on occasion to return to the Castle for a visit.[Czech Republic Václav Francois Nicolas Barack Mitt]

Glossary of difficult words

Klaus supports Zeman - the online headline is different from the headline in the print edition;

endorsement - an act of giving one's public approval or support to someone or something;

trajectory - course, path, route;

deviation - the act of departing from an established course;

wild card - a person or thing whose influence is unpredictable or whose qualities are uncertain.


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