Czech press survey - August 13


13.08.2014 07:28

Prague - It is right to help Iraq but Czech military materiel supplies to this country must be considered thoroughly not to end up in the hands of radicals, Petr Pesek writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.


Ozbrojenec, armáda, voják, zbraň - ilustrační foto ČTK ČTK

He admits that Czech arms alone sent to Iraq will not halt radical Islamists. However, they prove that Czechs do not want to passively watch the escalating violence and religious fanaticism in Iraq.

In addition, they show that the fame of Czech arms is not as faded away as it is sometimes stereotypically repeated, Pesek adds.

The Czech Republic should help Iraq, but it should do so prudently not to circumvent the central government. Czech diplomacy, whose head first wanted to send arms to the Iraqi Kurds only, has realised it, too.

It is also legitimate that arm makers would profit from the aid on condition that their "commodities" end up where they should, Pesek writes in conclusion.

Czechs´ fears of a possible new war are substantiated, but the re-introduction of national military service, which some of them support, would not improve the situation, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo today.

He comments on the latest Median poll´s results, showing that nearly half of Czech citizens (46 percent) fear that some of the present armed conflicts might escalate and threaten their country and they view the fighting in eastern Ukraine as the biggest risk to the Czech Republic.

Mitrofanov writes that under the current circumstances, Czechs can rely only on NATO´s force and the deployment of Czech soldiers in its operations.

In this respect, more and more people are for the rise in the military budget.

Its keen opponents are predominantly the elderly and left-wingers, mainly voters of the Communists (KSCM). Many of these people consider the Kremlin primarily an enemy of their enemy, which is NATO, Mitrofanov notes.

The experience with the new Czech Civil Code has so far proved that its critics were right as the legislation cause high costs and big problems to citizens and businesspeople, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.

He says nothing can be objected to general principles of the Civil Code, however, its authors, following their great ideas, ignored details.

"They resemble architects who have built an original house and then they are surprised that it is uncomfortable and expensive to live in it," Honzejk points out.

A lesson to be learnt for the future? As Irena Pelikanova, Czech judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union, has said: It is sometimes better to accept a law that has been tested in practice, for instance from Germany, than attempt at one´s one creation, Honzejk concludes.

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