Support for Green Party on the rise
For the first time since its founding in 1990, the Green Party now stands a chance of winning seats in the lower house of Parliament. The latest opinion survey has shown a slight but significant increase in the number of its supporters. Its 5, 6 popularity rating suggests that in the June general elections it could finally cross the magic five percent barrier needed to gain seats in the lower house.
"In any democracy when people are not happy with the ruling party they vote outside the mainstream and if it is true that some of our votes are in reality protest votes, we understand it, we accept it. We present in our policy programme a better future, more hope for the future than the Social Democrats."
Although some degree of support for the Greens is very likely due to public disillusionment with the leading political parties, commentator Vladimira Dvorakova says that the ideas presented by the Greens should find sympathy among a certain part of the population.
Acquiring the political skill required to move in the top echelons of power is one of the main challenges the party faces. Its political experience is so far restricted to local administration and its only representative in Parliament is to be found in the Senate - former journalist Jaromin Stetina. Whatever its earlier preferences may have been the Green Party now claims that if it should get seats in the lower house it will be ready to cooperate with all democratic parties represented there.
"At the moment we have only one negative limitation - and that is the communist party. We feel that they have to make a clean break from their totalitarian past before they can enter the governing mainstream. Other than that any party could be our partner, based on programme-closeness. Our priorities are quality of life, family support, consumer protection, better education, support for research, and a shift towards public transport."