Final Word from Tuesday, May 13, 2014

If you accept that Bohuslav Sobotka was a key factor in the illustrious career of Martin Roman, having presided as finance minister over the sale in 2002 of Škoda Holding to Appian and the appointment in 2004 of Roman as CEO of ČEZ, you might also accept that by canceling the Temelín tender, Sobotka was reversing a decision of his own making. Of course he had help both then and now from lawyer Radek Pokorný, who double dips as Sobotka's confidant and as a top ČEZman (to this day he's on the board of the Martin Roman Foundation). If Sobotka gets face time with Barack Obama in Nov., as reported today by LN, he'll likely have to explain why the Temelín tender was canceled. To get to the crux of the matter, he'd have to start by explaining why it was ever announced in the first place. If the tender hadn't been designed from the get-go as a way to enrich a small group of people, it might not have ever been called off. [Czech Republic United States of America Lidové noviny]

Glossary of difficult words

Suitcase Sobotka - our nickname for Bohuslav Sobotka, which we first used in May 2009;

illustrious - well-known, respected and admired for past achievements;

to preside over - to be in charge of; to be responsible for;

to double dip - to work at two jobs at the same time, typically in an illicit way;

face time - time spent in face-to-face contact with someone;

crux - the decisive or most important point at issue;

get-go - the very beginning.


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