Czech press survey - February 18


18.02.2014 07:37

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman always knows everything best: the decision by Brno assembly members to refuse the construction of an Amazon logistics centre is "stupid" because they unreasonably preferred peace for the locals to the creation of 2000 jobs, Petr Honzejk writes with irony in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.


Prezident Miloš Zeman přichází na setkání se zastupiteli Jihočeského kraje v Českých Budějovicích, kde 17. února zahájil třídenní návštěvu jižních Čech. ČTK Veis David

He writes that the Czech Republic with its position in the heart of Europe is predetermined for the construction of logistic centres and it can to some degree dictate conditions in negotiations with firms like Amazon, which wanted to build a new logistics centre in Brno, but its assembly is opposed to it.

An improvement of the local infrastructure, contributions to a better environment embedded in contracts, all this can turn an investment into a clear gain, Honzejk writes.

But it is not easy for assembly members of any city irrespective of its size to negotiate with a global firm, that is why it should get reasonable support, Honzejk writes.

It is definitely better if the state, via CzechInvest perhaps, provides the self-rule authorities with know-how for negotiations than if the city´s assembly members are marked ex-post as idiots by the head of state, Honzejk writes.

Never before has there been such a strong agreement with the government´s programme also in opposition benches as today, when the government will seek confidence in the Chamber of Deputies, Petr Fischer writes elsewhere in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

This is a new element of Czech politics, even though it the opposition will naturally have certain ideological and practical objections, Fischer writes.

The new Czech coalition government of the Social Democrats (CSSD), ANO and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) that will ask the Chamber of Deputies for confidence today, has brought together politicians of an older, newer as well as non-political standing, Petr Pesek writes in Lidove noviny (LN).

It will have to cope with differing interests of towns and villages represented by its particular members, not to mention explosive personal ambitions, and there are many other examples of possible areas of divergence, Pesek writes.

He writes that this might bring about a soon end of the coalition, but on the other hand, there are elements that may keep the parties together.

One of them is the comfortable parliamentary majority of 111 votes. Another possible cementing elements may be the positive economic development and last but not least the desire for power, Pesek writes.

Some of the government parties may be afraid of possible early elections in which they would fare worse than they did in October, Pesek writes.

The political pendulum will swing from the right to the left side today, when the Chamber of Deputies will most probably give confidence to the new coalition government, Petr Holub writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

Much can change compared with the period when economic decision-making was mainly in the hands of finance minister Miroslav Kalousek (TOP 09), Holub writes.

The period of liberal experiments such as the flat income tax or the introduction of a private and yet compulsory pillar of pension savings is undoubtedly over, Holub writes.

In spite of this, the policy statement of Bohuslav Sobotka´s (Social Democrats, CSSD) government does not change the foundations of the hitherto economic policy that has been based on one sole sentence: "Welfare can only be achieved via exports," Holub writes.

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