Final Word from Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Pres. Miloš Zeman and PM Andrej Babiš will likely decide at their meeting today whether they want a permanent punching bag at the helm of the foreign ministry. The situation is much different from when Bohuslav Sobotka served in this thankless role as the prime minister. Sobotka and his puppeteers were still guiding the government agenda and needed to be cut down to size. Now Zeman and Babiš are in control, and their main interest is to preserve the status quo, not to disrupt it. So Zeman can probably be taken at his word when he says that Tomáš Petříček won't become the foreign minister, or won't remain the foreign minister for long, if he doesn't sever his ties to Miroslav Poche. But if Petříček isn't allowed to serve the same puppetmasters as Sobotka, what good is he to those who are pulling him out of nowhere to place him into such a prominent position? Petříček's fate is that he must either serve them, however briefly, or become their punching bag. [ Czech Republic foreign affairs ČSSD a.s. ]

Glossary of difficult words

punching bag - one who is routinely abused or defeated by another;

helm - a position of leadership; a wheel for steering a ship or boat;

to cut/bring/take down to size - to make someone realize that he or she is not as important as he or she thinks.


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