Czech political parties meetings before the regional elections in 2020
Meeting of the Communist Party of Czech Slavia
Delegates from all regional organisations of the Communist Party of Czech Slavia gathered in the party building in the second largest Czech city, Brno. The most prominent attendees were the prime minister and chairwoman of the party Slavomíra Černá, the president former chairman and current vice-chairman Vratislav Sova and the councillor in the European Council Václav Kohout.
The Communist Party of Czech Slavia had three major topics to discuss; the current international situation, the upcoming EU commission elections and the upcoming regional elections in Czech Slavia that will take place in october 2020. The topic for today was the current international situation.
Chairwoman Černá summoned councillor Kohout to have a speech about the topic. Kohout informed the representatives about the current situation in the European Union, but when he ended his speech, Černá had a request. "Yes, thank you comrade Kohout for your information. Could you please inform us about the elections that took place in Fremet? I am asking since you chose to support some of the contestants running there."
Kohout's voice got a bit less certain. "Certainly comrade chairwoman. An elections took part in the Kingdom of Fremet, and I endorsed the Rødt, our partners in the PEL. The election ended with an overwhelming victory of the Socialist Party lead by Dr. Erna Solberg. The Rødt won one seat, like in the previous elections. The Liberal Democrats, who previously..." Kohout was interrupted by Černá.
"Yes comrade councillor, I know the results of the elections. But I want to know why did the Rødt party fail to win any more seats?" Kohout was silent for a brief moment, Černá gave him no room for answer and continued. "And may I also know what led you to criticize Mrs. Solberg. What led you to think that criticizing of a possible victor of the elections while openly endorsing a party that is unable to gain even one more seat would benefit the interests of our democratic republic?"
After another while Kohout responded. "It would appear to me, that I overestimated the position in which our comrades from the Rødt are. I was also tainted by the opportunistic passivity and failed to learn more about the political situation in the Kingdom of Fremet. I will do what is in my best abilities to not repeat those missteps. I should've consulted more with the Institute of the European Left and...." Kohout was interrupted again by Černá.
"Yes, the IEL. I worry that if you actually did take the time to learn more about the situation in the Kingdom of Fremet, you would soon learn that the IEL is opportunistic to its core. Members from our party and the member from the Czech Socialist Party, are getting payed by our hardworking people, yet they failed to produce any activity since the founding of that organization! Now, comrade Kohout, I believe it is in the best interests of the party to revive the IEL, I believe you are the most suited for this task, since you spoke about not repeating the same missteps in the future and pledged to work more closely with the IEL, Would you agree?"
Kohout responded immediately with a firm voice again. "With utmost certainty comrade chairwoman!"
Before Černá dismissed Kohout, vice-chairman Sova also reminded Kohout: "Just a friendly reminder comrade councillor, it was the party that brought you to this position. And the party can also take this position from you."
Meeting of the Czech Socialist Party, Czech National Social Party and the Real Left
Just a few years back this room in an elementary school in the town of Jičin would be full of animosity, but tonight there was none. Milan Hudeček, the chairman of the Czech Socialist Party extended his hand to Ladislav Rovný, the chairman of Czech National Social Party. Tiredness could be seen in the eyes of both men, tiredness that has replaced the former animosity.
The men had a reason to despise each other, part of the family of Rovný were jailed for political reasons in the late 60s and 70s by the communist government. While Hudeček was a longtime socialist politician allied to the reformist wing in the communist party and actively cooperating with them as the head of the Czech Socialist Party. To Rovný Hudeček was just a collaborator that sold his country just to have some benefits for himself. To Hudeček Rovný was just a laud trouble maker willing to sell his country just to have some benefits for himself. Furthermore both the CSP and CNSP claimed to be a legitimate successor of the Czechoslovak National Socialist Party.
But both men were also around 70 years old and have been in the leadership of their parties for a long time. And during that time the CSP was fully dependent on the Communist Party of Czech Slavia, while the CNSP was fully dependent on the Social Democratic Party of Czech Slavia. And no bright future for both parties was in sight, the membership was quite small and rather old.
"I heard the former leader of your party has died earlier this year. Please accept my condolences." Rovný said while shaking Hudeček's hand. Simple nod was the response of the tired man. Truly the times have changed.
While the representatives of the two parties were there, the room remained quite quiet, for there was not much there to be talked about. That soon changed however as a small group of young and energetic people arrived. They were the representatives of a small and new Real Left party. They shook the hands with the representatives of the other two parties and sat down among them, only their leader, Andrej Roček remained standing. "Dear friends, me and my colleagues have talked with many of you already, and I am sure you all hear about our aim." he said, and all in the room confirmed that they were in fact informed about the aims of the Real Left.
"We want to create a left wing alternative to both the communists and the social democrats and we want to do that together with you. We propose to unify our three parties into one political party called the Left, that will be able to contest the traditional Czech parties in the upcoming regional elections." Even though everybody in the room already knew about this aim of the young newcomers, they were still somewhat struck by these word. "That would mean the dissolution of the National Front we have with the Communist Party. And of course also the dissolution of the National Front of Labour that our... comrades.. from the CNSP have with the Social Democratic Party. We can expect that some of our MPs will leave us, as will some ministers, and those who will stay, like me, can certainly expect to be replaced as ministers." Hudeček said. "Yes, and are you willing to lose the comfortable places that the Communist Party gave you?" Rovný replied "But what about our strategy after elections? If we are successful who will we cooperate with?" Rovný continued.
"Our program will be of course closest to the Communist and Social Democratic parties. Who we will be willing to cooperate with will most likely differ from region to region, but passing our program points should be the most important thing to us. But the important thing is, we will be independent, we won't rely on any other party for our votes, and our success. This is a one chance for the authentic left to stand up, and it would be irresponsible of all of us to miss this chance." Roček replied to the questions.
Where there once was tiredness in the eyes of Hudeček and Rovný now there was a flame. The results of the meeting had of course been known to all parties way before the meeting actually took place. All parties agreed to merge into one party. And with a few signatures on the paper, the Nation Front and The National Front of Labour had died and the Left was born.
Meeting of the Social Democratic Party of Czech Slavia
The town of Pelhřimov became the meeting place of the Social Democratic Party of Czech Slavia this year. But optimism was nowhere to be seen on the faces of the party delegates. Czech social democracy just a few years back was the main opposition to the communist party, but after the last election, the party was in a constant power struggle between its wings. The social democrats were not able to keep party affairs to party meetings, often arguing with each other using media and now their infighting and instability was well known to the public.
And now following the dissolution of The National Front of Labour by the Czech National Social Party chaos erupted in the social democratic ranks. Many feared that the party is not going to get elected to parliament in the next election. But chairman Alois Jelen, was a man who did not lose hope. "Dear friends, I know that the situation seems grim, but but when our country was renewed, we faced similar threat and we emerged as the largest opposition party. Perhaps a chance in course will be required for our party, after the dissolution of The National Front of Labour, but we have to keep in mind to keep our party affairs solely to the party meetings. I am a tolerant man, but I can't tolerate such behavior anymore." Jelen calmly said. The many wings of the party respected Jelen, for he truly tried to respect all of the members and didn't clearly sided with one of the wings, but his leadership was also so far unable to deal with party members arguing over media. And everybody knew this had to change.
"Perhaps we can keep our course and perhaps even a limited cooperation with the communist will be needed." Jelen admitted. "But this is not the task ahead of us, first we must focus on the regional elections, I urge you all to devote your full attention to them, the problems we have with each other, we can deal with later and more discretely. The future of social democracy and of Czech Slavia depends on you."
Meeting of the Communist Party of Czech Slavia
The time has come for the party delegates to discuss the upcoming regional elections in Czech Slavia. The room got a lot more silent, since the news of the dissolution of the National Front reached the communist delegates. A slight fear could have been sensed in the expression of some. For the first time since the end of the War of Elduvy with Malborya the Communist Party would have to run on its own. One historical link, giving the party legitimacy was gone.
"Comrades, I would like to assure you, that there is no reason to panic. The newly founded Left party has no real chance of attracting much of our voter base." chairwoman Černá assured the delegates. But many voices could be heard in the room. Some of the more radical members of the party pointed out that the party support among young people is low, and the young left wing voters are somebody the Left party could appeal too. This statement was correct, and even Černá with Sova and other party leaders knew about this.
From the more reformist members a criticism of the new party foreign policy could be heard. They were afraid that Czech Slavia became too confrontational, and losing diplomatic battles could lead to many problems at home.
Despite these criticism the most of the delegates were not as afraid. The Communist Party position in all regions was very strong, with the exception of the nation capital. But since the capital city does not vote with the other regions, the discussion held was mostly calm. At the end of the day, it was agreed that the election strategy needs no alterations, despite the dissolution of the National Front.
Meeting of the Civic Forum
While the feelings of the Civic Forum members was very optimistic just a month back the last days had wiped optimism from their brains and smiles of their faces. Now people that just moments ago protested strengthening the border defenses were demanding their expansion over the fears of Malboryan militarism. Those who showed opposition to the communist government were now willing to praise communist politicians for their strong refusal of Haanean refugees, although the Czech National Democracy was even more affected by this. And many others were now expressing their support for the communists out of fear of societal collapse if the government was to change. And the communist of course were fueling this fear.
"This was supposed to be our elections! How are we going to look now?" an elderly voice was heard in the crowd of the Forum's representatives. "I lived under the communist government for my entire life, my father was jailed and I was refused to a school for my background, we can't fail our children and grandchildren like this... we can't." But everybody knew that the chances to seize more regions other then the capital city was now out of the question.
Even the commission elections didn't work in the Civic Forum advantage and while the candidates they endorsed won, the communist candidate got enough votes for the Communist Party to convince some that their ideology is getting more traction in Europe. Yet still the EPA commissioners were the only possibility how to save face before the electorate, otherwise another major shift in Czech opposition politics could take place. Kovářová finally at the end of the meeting said: "I know how much work our friends Merkel and Juncker have now, but I promise I will do my best to get their endorsements and if possible even visits. Stay strong, victories won't be handed to us, we must fight for them, but fortune favours the bold."
Meeting of the Czech National Democracy
Everybody was silent in the National Democracy headquarters in Ostrava, the last few days were very hectic for the nationalists. While the Communist Party was once again trying to persuade the voters on their opposition to immigration, the nationalist were quick to try to hold their own supporters by an active anti-immigration campaign. The chairwoman Klára Zbouralová fell the possibility of swaying some Civic Forum and Social Democratic voters and went for this chance.
These elections offered a huge opportunity for the National Democracy. If they did well in these elections the doors would be open to finally becoming the largest Czech opposition party, and many in the room believed that their party would be the one finally able to break the dominance of the Communist Party if it ever got the chance. But there was no reason for celebration just yet, just patient waiting in silence. Silence.
Results of the regional elections 2020
Central Bohemian Region
Communist Party of Czech Slavia (CPCS) 53,1%
Civic Forum (CF) 23,8%
Czech National Democracy (CND) 16,6%
Social Democratic Party of Czech Slavia (SDPCS) 6,1%
South Bohemian Region
Karlovy Vary Region
Ústí nad Labem Region
Hradec Králové Region
South Moravian Region