Czech press survey - February 8


08.02.2014 13:23

Prague - It might seem from Czech media that half of the world is heading to Sochi and that the whole of Denmark is heading to Prague, Lukas Jelinek writes in daily Pravo today, referring to the fact that the Winter Olympics started in Russia and a two-week holiday at Danish schools on Friday.


Policisté zasahovali 15. února kvůli konfliktu dánských turistů s pracovníky hotelu v pražské Sokolské ulici. Mladí turisté, kteří tráví v Praze prázdniny, v hotelu údajně vystříkali několik hasicích přístrojů a také srolovali koberce. Nakonec ale nebyl nikdo zadržen. Dánové uhradili předem zálohu, která pokryje škody. Policisté pouze na místě počkali, než turisté odjedou. ČTK Cihla Radek

Last year, about ten thousand Danish teenagers flooded Prague and filled the pubs, discos and the streets. Prague bartenders, taxi drivers as well as rescuers and policemen had a lot of work as the teenagers from Scandinavia sometimes acted like football rowdies, Jelinek writes.

This year, the trips from Denmark to Prague have been sold out again, but Danish police officers should be accompanying the package tours and larger hotels booked separate floors for the teenagers, Jelinek recalls.

Like the Danes, Czechs like to go on the rampage somewhere where people do not know them, too, he says.

Czechs have to learn to reckon with foreign guests who will not be well-behaved. This concerns also immigrants from the east or south, Jelinek points out.

He says the Czechs have learnt to live together with the culture and mentality of the Vietnamese, Chinese and Ukrainians. However, this was rather easy as these people were adaptable, he adds.

But the situation may be more difficult as one can see in Germany or France, Jelinek notes.

The Czech Republic must be prepared for the cultural or religious habits of the immigrants as well as for their demand for jobs and social security, Jelinek writes.

Prague Mayor Tomas Hudecek (TOP 09) would like to prevent any world political leaders from landing at the Vaclav Havel International Airport in Prague, unless they pass a lustration of the Prague City Hall ethical commission, Petr Kambersky says in Lidove noviny (LN) with irony.

Hudecek protested against the fact that Ukraine´s President Viktor Yanukovych would visit the Czech Republic and land at the airport named after Havel, a moral icon, Kambersky writes.

He says the impure Czech President Milos Zeman, who invited Yanukovych, and his predecessor Vaclav Klaus should not be allowed to fly from Havel´s airport either.

Kambersky says he believes Hudecek is wrong.

First, Yanukovych is a president elected in proper democratic elections, he writes.

Second, if the rest of the world stopped talking to leaders of such countries as Ukraine, it would only force these countries into isolation, which is the case of Alexander Lukashenko´s Belarus, Kambersky adds.

President Zeman´s stance on this issue is more reasonable than that of Hudecek or the signatories of a petition against Zeman´s invitation for Yanukovych signed by respectable Czech artists, Kambersky writes.

Karel Steigerwald writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) that Communist (KSCM) leader Vojtech Filip made no mistake when he said people now assess the communist traitor Vasil Bilak, who died two days ago, in different ways.

This is the first step from the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet army in 1968 to the help from brothers (Warsaw Pact troops), Steigerwald says, referring to the communist interpretation of the invasion and occupation that suppressed the Prague Spring reform movement.

Bilak was one of five consevative communists who signed a letter asking the Soviet Union to intervene.

People like Filip believe it is time to return to power now. They want to abolish the lustration law banning senior officials of the former communist regime and collaborators of the communist secret police StB from high posts in the Czech state administration, Steigerwald writes.

It is no surprise that the KSCM wants to do away with the lustration law when its leader is Filip who had been an StB collaborator, although he won a court dispute because he argued that he had not known that he reported on other people, Steigerwald says.

He writes that lawmaker Miroslava Nemcova (Civic Democrats, ODS), former lower house chairwoman, is right when she says Filip should not be a deputy chairman of the lower house of parliament.

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