Final Word from Thursday, June 15, 2023

STAN has been under attack from all sides. Two people were indicted in the Dosimeter case last week, just days before the media marked the first anniversary of the corruption scandal; Education Min. Mikuláš Bek of STAN threatened to resign if PM Petr Fiala allows Finance Min. Zbyněk Stanjura (both ODS) to cut his budget next year by Kč 29bn, to Kč 236bn; Bek also took a political beating for speaking at the 73rd annual Sudeten German Day in Regensburg; Andrej Babiš questioned in Parliament whether Industry Min. Jozef Síkela (STAN) is telling the truth when he says the CR isn't importing any natural gas from Russia; Interior Min. Vít Rakušan of STAN ignited a debate about whether the migration pact he signed last week is a "great compromise" or "unbelievable treachery." But STAN has now scored a major victory. Síkela's trusted adviser, Tomáš Prouza, who works full-time as a lobbyist for mostly German food retailers, has finally forced Agriculture Min. Zdeněk Nekula of KDU-ČSL to resign. STAN can now take the credit for the lower food prices that Prouza said only Nekula has been standing in the way of. [ Czech Republic SOCR mayors' group ]

Glossary of difficult words

to indict - formally to accuse of or charge with a crime;

to ignite - to arouse or inflame (an emotion or situation); to catch fire or cause to catch fire;

treachery - betrayal of trust;

to stand in the way of - to obstruct or act as an impasse to someone or something; to prevent something from happening.


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