Czech press survey - February 6


06.02.2014 07:37

Prague - The Social Democrats (CSSD) and the ANO movement do not challenge the return of the property to Czech churches anymore, but they challenge the level of the financial compensation, Petr Fischer writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.


Ministr financí Andrej Babiš (vlevo) a premiér Bohuslav Sobotka na schůzi Poslanecké sněmovny 4. února v Praze. ČTK Šulová Kateřina

The CSSD and ANO announced on Wednesday that they want to give the churches 13 billion crowns less than was agreed on by the previous government of Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS), Fischer recalls.

It seemed that the church restitution law that took effect in January 2013 definitively solved state-church property settlement, but it is not so, Fischer writes.

He says Czech politicians, even on the government level, do not respect what was approved before.

Alexandr Mitrofanov says in Pravo that Anna Sabatova, whom the CSSD board recommended for new ombudsman, is for a part of the Social Democrat MPs like a red rag to a bull.

Sabatova is a former dissident who has been promoting the protection of human rights for many years. She was also one of the main promoters of CSSD official candidate for president Jiri Dienstbier, now Minister for legislative and human rights affairs, in late 2012 and early 2013, Mitrofanov writes.

CSSD MPs who keep highly respecting President Milos Zeman, former CSSD prime minister who left the party, cannot like Sabatova, Mitrofanov says, noting that Zeman does not like dissidents very much and that he dislikes Dienstbier even more.

The possible running of Jiri Pospisil, former ODS deputy chairman and justice minister who left the party last week, in the European elections for the TOP 09 party is a classical win-win-win situation, Petr Kambersky writes in Lidove noviny (LN).

Pospisil, who failed to defend his post in the ODS leadership at the party´s congress in January, will have a good position, Kambersky says.

TOP 09 will have a replacement for Jaromir Drabek who became highly unpopular due to his performance as labour and social affairs minister in 2010-2012, he writes.

And the ODS can be happy, too, because if Pospisil becomes a MEP, he will have to give up his seat in the lower house of Czech parliament and the ODS will replace him with another candidate, Kambersky writes.

One has to appreciate the political mastery of TOP 09 mastermind Miroslav Kalousek who gained ODS´s most popular politician for free and he sent it to Brussels so that Pospisil would not disturb him in Prague, Kambersky says.

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