Czech press survey - April 16


16.04.2014 07:32

Prague - Tomio Okamura, head of the Dawn of Direct Democracy, stands for a dead political trend and he is not very dangerous in the Czech Republic though his racist remarks should stir up indignation, Karel Steigerwald writes in daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.


Tomio Okamura z hnutí Úsvit přímé demokracie. ČTK Doležal Michal

He recalls that in his election campaign Okamura is opposed to immigrants as well as "unadaptable citizens" (primarily Romanies) and he expresses a racist view speaking about "drops of gipsy blood."

In this connection, Steigerwald ironically notes that Okamura (of Czech-Japanese origin) should measure the drops of his Japanese blood.

However, Steigerwald adds, Okamura will be probably raging on the Czech political scene for a while and he will logically disappoint his followers since his political offer is useless and partially nonsensical, unless he first draws attention of law enforcement bodies over his finances.

Okamura has discovered the idea of running a profitable business with politics, Steigerwald says, reminding of the fact that Okamura´s "firm" has gained a 26-million-crown profit.

It would be a pity if such a promising firm "staggered" at the very beginning due to financial machinations, Steigerwald concludes with irony.

A law-abiding state should be based on the observance of simple rules, which is not the case of the Czech Republic with its complicated legislation enabling many legal tricks, Julie Hrstkova writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.

She comments on the case of a complaint against bank fees for a credit which the Constitutional Court (US) turned down this week.

The verdict provokes questions to what extent the state should interfere in the market, regulate competition and order how legal entities should treat their clients, Hrstkova says.

No one can expect the current Czech state to play a paternalistic role any longer, she adds.

On the other hand, she admits that contracts signed between clients and banks, insurance companies and other in institutions are more and more complex.

"In general the society´s functioning is based on contracts of many pages that no one ever reads until an accident happens," Hrstkova points out.

There are three conditions for a law-abiding state based on simple rules: the clients´ self-confidence, high-quality competitors and politicians who understand when a regulation can help and when it harms the whole system," Hrstkova concludes in HN.

Czech consumers should keep exerting pressure on banks, mobile phone operators and other services to succeed despite the Constitutional Court´s (US) verdict rejecting a complaint against bank fees, Martin Zverina writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today.

He recalls that the US has not commented on the bank´s fee policy, which indicates that some other initiatives of consumers may bring them more advantageous conditions, Zverina writes.

He recalls that many banks have abolished their fees, mainly for credits, in reaction to a rising number of complaints and mobile phone operators, too, have considerably decreased their prices after consumers´ pressure.

Citizens can only "create a sufficiently string impulse." So, consumers, run ahead, Zverina writes in LN.

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