Social Democrats lead polls for the first time in over a year
The rainy days of July seem to be full of sunshine for the Social Democrats, the largest opposition party in the Czech parliament. A recent series of polls suggests that for the first time since last year's elections, Social Democrats now have more public support than their main rival - the governing right-wing Civic Democrats. But that's not all the good news for the Jiri Paroubek's party - an investigation into a corruption scandal linked to the Social Democrats has just been dropped.
"I am not sure whether the question of the divorce or the love affair of Mr Paroubek can help strengthen the support, but the Czech society is very tolerant and I don't think it will have a negative impact on the party as a whole. As far as the investigation of the corruption, this can be something that will probably help social democrats as the information used against them mainly during the electoral campaign was not based on some deeper facts or analysis."
"Frankly speaking, I have not seen that material, I have only read about it in one of the dailies, so I don't really know what is in it. What I know is that the party has decided to set up several teams which should study and discuss how the party should be modernized and made more attractive to the voters and I think it is a fairly lengthy procedure and we should have first results by the end of the summer."