published: 23.08.2013, 07:24 | updated: 23.08.2013 07:55:19
Prague - Trade union leader Jaroslav Zavadil will face the voters in Prague whose composition is such that he will be hardly able to win them over, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes about his candidature for the Social Democrats (CSSD) in the forthcoming early election in Pravo.
Zavadil is an ally of President Milos Zeman, Mitrofanov writes.
However, Zeman received 34 percent of votes in the January presidential elections, while his defeated rival Karel Schwarzenberg 66 percent. Nothing has happened in the past period that might have strengthened Zeman's voters in Prague, he adds.
Why does the CSSD send just Zavadil to the problematic battle in Prague? Mitrofanov asks.
There is one explanation: it is the candidate's negligible importance in the party. If he is routed, no one would be unhappy in it, he adds.
The Ostrava region, north Moravia, is ahead of bad times, but the state has done enough for it, Pavel Paral writes in Mlada fronta Dnes, analysing the impact of the heavy losses incurred by the New World Resources owner of the local OKD coal-mining company, a major employer in the region.
Is the Ostrava region ahead of an inevitable social disaster? And can anything be done? Paral asks.
Local politicians seem to succumb to the panic as the Ostrava Mayor Petr Kajnar has proposed that the state should buy the most problematic part of OKD, the Paskov mine, and subsidise its losses with hundreds of million crowns as this may be cheaper than having its sacked employees on welfare, he adds.
However, this is no way out. The Ostrava region will have to go through the difficult times. In fact, the state has already done enough for it, Paral writes.
At present, the region is accessible with high-speed communications like no other region. One can reach Ostrava from Prague in three hours, he adds.
Billions were spent on incentives for the Korean Hyundai car maker and various industrial zones have swallowed other millions as well, Paral writes.
Hence the expectations from the Ostrava region residents to use their own hands now. The state has really done enough, he adds.
Czech Communists (KSCM) have come up again with their old theme, the referendum on the return of property to churches they would like to declare after the early election, Jana Bendova writes in Mlada fronta Dnes.
However, it should be repeated again that it was the Constitutional Court that asked politicians to implement a property settlement with churches, Bendova writes.
After many years, politicians fulfilled it and the Constitutional Court confirmed that it is in keeping with the constitution, she adds.
It should be noted that in a state with the rule of law, a referendum cannot be called on everything that occurs to anyone, Bendova writes.
It must not touch upon the freedoms and rights guaranteed by the constitution. Property rights are among them, which was also confirmed by the court, she adds.
A referendum must not also decide on such issues as the capital punishment, Bendova writes.
If this were possible, a plebiscite could also strip unfriendly neighbours of their property and the "unadaptable" (Romanies) could be expelled from the country, she adds.
The theft of someone else's property remains a theft even if 100 percent of Czechs gave their go-ahead to it, Bendova writes.
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