Špidla: Social Democratic Party must redefine what it wants from the future

Former prime minister and euro-commissioner Vladimír Špidla says the Social Democratic Party must redefine what it wants from the future amid the current, changed conditions of the Czech political scene. Mr Špidla, who chaired the party from 2001 to 2004, said the party had no concept of the future, of progress, or of what it wants in the long-term. European social democracy, he said, had problems formulating its goals, being able to agreed for instance on market regulation and joint European foreign policy, but unable to reach agreement on its direction in social areas.