Czech press survey - August 20


20.08.2014 07:35

Prague - The former senior ruling party, the Civic Democrats (ODS), now in oposition, can be satisfied before the Prague local elections because a selection of the worst it gave to the country in the past has now re-emerged on the lists of independent candidates, which can unwittingly make the party more acceptable, Martin Zverina writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.



In addition to their past in the ODS, these people are connected by the disadvantageous sales or leases of community property, the police´s intensive interest in them in the past and people´s total mistrust of them, Zverina writes.

He writes that they probably think that if nothing has happened to them to date, there is no reason not to go on and try it again especially now that the so-called independent candidates are fashionable.

They may be running on the order of their superior shady dealers and in addition, the election campaign can be used as a time-tested instrument of money laundering, Zverina writes.

This is not for the first time and probably not for the last time that leading Catholics are attacking a government that emerged from a democratic election and that they utterly callously compare it with the communist dictatorship, Lukas Jelinek writes in Pravo.

He comments on Cardinal Miloslav Vlk´s recent contribution to a dispute between the state and Catholic Church about buildings at Prague Castle.

Jelinek writes that it must be repeated that there is no doubt about Bohuslav Sobotka´s (Social Democrats, CSSD) coalition government´s legitimacy, while the legitimacy of church restitution is close to zero.

Jelinek writes that the law on the restitution together with accompanying contracts was negotiated by Petr Necas´s (Civic Democrats, ODS) coalition leaning on the key vote of a lawmaker sentenced to prison for corruption and against the will of both the opposition and a clear majority of the public.

Jelinek writes that the churches given above-standard gifts from the state should better keep silent. Nothing about this can be changed by that not the returned properties, but overvalued financial compensations are the major controversial point.

Czech businesspeople, politicians and trade union bosses rarely reach agreement, but they have one reliable link: love for kurzarbeit, which is nothing but a state contribution paid to firms for the salaries of employees in situations where the economy is not doing well, Zuzana Kubatova writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

Some time ago, Petr Necas´s government sent money to the industrialists who lost orders over the crisis, but unemployment continued growing and it is not clear what the effect of kurzarbeit was, unlike the quite clear effect of the investment cuts and restrictions, which stiffed construction industry and other branches and which were made by the same government, Bendova writes.

Now, kurzarbeit has again been proposed, Kubatova writes, but she asks whether it would not be better if the state finally made a couple of legislative changes that would loosen the rules of people´s employing, which have been adjourned for many years.

The changes would rid firms of the fear of accepting employees for whom they pay big money to the state and whom they have problem getting rid of if need be. This would definitely help the labour market more than kurzarbeit, Kubatova writes.

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