Czech press survey - August 19


19.08.2014 07:27

Prague - The quotas set for women on the lists of candidates of the Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) may give rise to the impression that the party is only focusing on marketing, not on the essence of its activity, Martin Zverina writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.


Ilustrační foto - Předseda vlády Bohuslav Sobotka navštívil 7. srpna prvního místopředsedu vlády a ministra financí Andreje Babiše v pražském sídle jeho úřadu. Na snímku je premiér Bohuslav Sobotka na tiskové konferenci v závěru setkání. ČTK Doležal Michal

Or does someone in the oldest political party believe that all problems will disappear by themselves it the quotas are fulfilled? Zverina asks.

He writes that many, starting with French revolutionaries to the bolsheviks, have succumbed to this illusion when they perhaps totally remade the calendar, believing that this will bring about great morrow.

Not that Czech politics would not be missing women, rather on the contrary, but this is not the way to address the right ones, Zverina writes.

A part of Social Democratic officials believe that the referendum, in which the quotas for women were confirmed, will be revoked by the party´s March congress, but chairman Bohuslav Sobotka´s social engineering stance is clear: "I have no fears about the decision of the CSSD body," Zverina writes and adds with some irony "we congratulate" Sobotka.

The first noteworthy event after the summer holiday will be a one-day congress of the opposition Civic Democratic Party (ODS), Lukas Jelinek writes in Pravo.

He writes that the answers a voter and a party member will give to the question of how far the party has gone in the less than one year since the early general elections that brought it a crushing defeat will differ.

Citizens see a party, whose results and preferences stagnate at the bottom and whose main faces are years-long ideologists Marek Benda and Zbynek Stanjura from among lawmakers, while party chairman Petr Fiala comes only after them, Jelinek writes.

Inside, the ODS is moving. Fiala´s short-term ambition is not winning elections, but firming the team, imbuing it with energy and the will for victory, Jelinek writes.

He writes that it is speculated that the ODS will attempt to look for long forgotten ideas.

But it seems that instead of setting out on a new path, the ODS, united by Fiala, will continue moving in a vicious circle, with the only exception that the former leaders, Klaus, Topolanek and Necas, who made people angry, have been replaced by Fiala, a chairman who prefers to remain in semi-illegality, and he may be wise doing so, Jelinek writes.

In daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD), Vilem Barak focuses on the Czech first football league and writes that it seems to him that the aim of football is to entertain as many as possible people and thanks to this gain the highest possible incomes for clubs - from sponsors, advertising and ticket sales, but the current league is heading in the opposite direction.

If the league is to win over a broad public from the middle class, including women and children, the current "fans" must be eliminated, Barak writes.

If the league cannot play fair play, without bought referees, vulgarities and "fans" who arouse fears for health, it would be better not to play it at all, Barak writes.

It is incomprehensible why public means and firms spend huge amounts of money on top-level football in the current situation. In view of its condition, tax payers and sponsors actually support non-sporting behaviour, vulgarities and corruption, Barak writes.

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