When Milan Kastil was asked for a bribe to avoid a 250,000 koruna ($13,000) fine that threatened to ruin his Prague restaurant, he worked with Czech police to have the corrupt officials arrested in a sting operation.
The Czech political future may look a lot like its recent past after this weekend’s election: a government without the political strength and will to cut the country’s 163 billion koruna ($7.8 billion) budget deficit.
The Czech Civic Democrats and their coalition partners are working to quickly replace Petr Necas as premier to keep the conservative government in power through 2014 and fend off Socialist attempts to force early elections.
Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok chose former technocrat Premier Jan Fischer as finance minister in his interim cabinet, handing this year’s presidential contender an economy mired in a record-long recession.
Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas warned snap elections may be held quickly if the smallest member of the three-party ruling coalition makes good on its threat to quit amid preparations to cut the budget deficit.