Results from last week’s parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic
show that the social democrats (CSSD) won with 30.4%, followed by the
communist party (KSCM) (18.8%), which is the highest vote for the KSCM
since the collapse of Stalinism in 1989.
In the Czech Republic, political competition has made television into an
unscrupulous battleground for ambitious bureaucrats, reflecting a
government led by rival parties, the rightist ODS and the leftist CSSD,
who each want so badly to govern that they have forged an unlikely