President Zeman delivers a Christmas message
Miloš Zeman, President of the Czech Republic, restored on 26 December 2013 a tradition of Christmas messages of Czech Presidents, which had been broken in 1949.
In a Christmas message to the nation, President Miloš Zeman reflected on how he had fulfilled his election promises to voters. In a short address broadcast live by Czech public radio and television, Miloš Zeman highlighted five areas in which he had promised action, including improving relations with the EU and stabilizing the situation at the Constitutional Court. The President pointed out that the EU flag was now flying at Prague Castle and the Constitutional Court, which had come close to paralysis for lack of judges, was now complete and functioning. He said that the most problematic of his promises was to unite the Czech society rather than dividing it, and argued that in preventing the return of a center-government to office and opening the way for early general elections he had addressed that matter as well. In parting the President wished Czechs health and happiness in the coming year and thanked the outgoing Government of Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok for its work.