Nečas praises, Sobotka condemns president’s speech

Prime Minister Petr Nečas praised the president’s speech for its rejection of false optimism and false promises while avoiding fear mongering over the state of the economy. Mr Nečas said he strongly agreed with Mr Klaus’ appeal for personal responsibility and call for support for the able, gifted and hard-working. Social Democratic Chairman Bohuslav Sobotka spoke against President Klaus’ criticism of advocacy groups and unfulfilled expectations from the country’s entry into the EU. Mr Sobotka said the president neglected the need for reforms to also be socially tolerable.