Czech press survey - April 7


07.04.2014 07:27

Prague - ANO leader and billionaire Andrej Babis originally acted like the boss of the Czech Republic Ltd. firm when he demanded that the OKD coal mining company should close its unprofitable mines and dismiss the miners, Alexandr Mitrofanov says in daily Pravo today.


Ilustrační foto - Ministr financí Andrej Babiš vystoupil na tiskové konferenci po zasedání Rady Asociace krajů ČR, které se uskutečnilo 4. dubna v Praze. ČTK Šimánek Vít

He notes that Finance Minister Babis at first strongly criticised the Social Democrat (CSSD) plan to give a state subsidy to OKD under certain conditions.

But Babis´s attitude would eventually lead to strict methods such as late Margaret Thatcher had used against the striking miners, Mitrofanov writes.

However, Babis promised to be different than the former right-wing government of Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS), which adored Thatcher, Mitrofanov says.

He says if Babis did not change his original position, the leftist voters of ANO would find out that Babis is not their real hero.

Czech Industry and Trade Minister Jan Mladek (CSSD) may harm the country´s good reputation, Daniel Anyz says in Hospodarske noviny (HN) in relation to statements that Mladek made at a meeting of Czech exporters last week.

Mladek said the Crimean events unfortunately prevented an improvement in the Czech relations with Russia, Anyz notes.

Mladek then criticised Necas´s right-wing government for harming the Czech relations to Russia and China, even though Necas was critical of Czech support to the Pussy Riot activists and to the Dalai Lama, Anyz points out.

Under Mladek´s logic, the centre-left government, of which he is a member, should delete either the statement that it supports human rights, or that it has a clear and coordinated foreign policy, Anyz writes.

The Czech attitude to the drawing of EU subsidies in the past several years was a combination of an inability to use the money available for the country and an extreme ability in making up extravagant projects, Petr Pesek writes in Lidove noviny (LN).

Pesek points to a draw bridge over the Labe River in Kolin, central Bohemia, costing over one billion crowns, and to a 3-km cycling route in Prague, costing 140 million crowns, as examples of controversial overpriced projects.

($1=20.026 crowns)

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