Prague - The envisaged introduction of a third, lowest VAT rate on selected products by the Czech centre-left cabinet goes counter to the long-term goals pursued by the European Union, Petr Kambersky writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.
For the EU and its free market, VAT is a crucial factor, essential to a large extent, also because a part of the VAT revenues goes straight to the EU budget, Kambersky writes.
The EU is taking efforts to bring different VAT rates close to each other with the aim to reach a single VAT, instead of introducing new rates. This is no new information, but it is noteworthy that the Czech government is planning just the opposite, Kambersky writes.
The goods to which the new 10 percent rate is to apply include diapers, though diapers do not figure on the EU´s list of products and services eligible for a lower VAT, Kambersky points out.
Prague made the same attempt once before and it was forced to give up. Moreover, the EC once proposed to the EU Council once before that diapers be granted the VAT exception, but the EU member states rejected it, Kambersky writes.
Simply, diapers will not fall under the lowest VAT, he adds.
Tomio Okamura, head of the opposition Dawn of Direct Democracy movement, vowed this week again that the Dawn will "never betray the interests of decent Czech citizens," Barbora Tacheci writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD), adding that it is unimportant to what Okamura was reacting as he uses these words in reaction to almost everything.
However, Okamura betrayed the interests of decent Czech citizens long ago, also by openly supporting The Final Solution to the Gypsy Question in the Czech Lands, a pamphlet written by a convicted extremist, Tacheci writes.
In Pravo, Jiri Hanak comments with amusement on the public Czech Television´s question addressed to Natalia Sudlianko, editor-in-chief of a Russian newspaper in Prague, of whether Dagestan, with 4 percent of ethnic Russian population, could leave the Russian Federation based on a referendum result.
By asking the question, the TV moderator drew a parallel between Dagestan and Crimea, whose annexation Moscow has justified by a local referendum result.
After an attempt to avoid answering the question, Sudlianko as if nodded, with embarrassment, Hanak writes.
What a pity that Moscow did not inform Chechnya about this option in time. If it had done so, it would not have had to shoot Grozny into pieces and cause the death of some 100,000 Chechens, Hanak writes ironically.