Czech press survey - July 1


01.07.2014 07:37

Prague - Unacceptable things undoubtedly occurred at the Government Office under PM Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) and the fall of his team was inevitable, but the court´s decision to give one suspended sentence and to acquit one accused after one year of investigations casts a shadow on the Olomouc state attorneys as well, Petr Kambersky writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today.


Ilustrační foto - Současná manželka expremiéra Petra Nečase (vlevo) Jana Nečasová (dříve Nagyová) (vpravo) přichází 24. dubna v Praze na policii. Někdejší šéfka Nečasova kabinetu figuruje vedle kauzy údajných trafik poslanců ODS také v případu údajného zneužití Vojenského zpravodajství ke sledování bývalé Nečasovy ženy a v kauze údajného vyzrazování utajovaných zpráv Bezpečnostní informační služby. ČTK Šulová Kateřina

They undoubtedly came across strongly immoral things through unique wiretappings. But is every bad deed a criminal one? Is every political deal bribery? The political dirt is disappearing with the voters´ decision: the ODS is falling into nothingness, Kambersky writes.

The Czech state has given up the enforcing of compulsory military service and bet on a professional military, but the situation is different in the light of the developments in Ukraine, Zbynek Petracek writes elsewhere in Lidove noviny (LN).

If the state would now like to win over those interested in military training, it would have to pay their absence from work, and this is a problem, Petracek writes.

He writes that if the political elites agree on the proposal to spend half a billion crowns from the state budget on it, it would be good even though the sum is no miracle, but it is a signal saying the state if serious about defence.

When Russia occupied Crimea in winter and Czechs succumbed to panic about what everything may be threatening them, this surprised people from the West´s banking environment, Petracek writes.

They asked how they should believe the Czechs that they feel threatened if they spend a mere 1 percent of GDP on defence instead of the promised 2 percent and if they do not support sanctions on Moscow, Petracek writes.

Motivation for active reserves is at least a tiny proof of responsibility, Petracek writes.

Finance Minister and ANO chief Andrej Babis outwitted his government partners last week when he got control of the supervisory boards of four important state firms after he was probing into the terrain for a few months and he succeeded also because his partners neglected their own preparation, Zuzana Kubatova writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

Babis´s priority has been the control of financial flows in firms like CEZ, Cesky aeroholidng, MERO and Cepro since the very beginning. Now, managers will face a more qualified control and more consistent opponent opinions, Kubatova writes.

It is to be seen what Babis uses his new unique position for. He may only attempt to redirect the established money-ducts, or he may fulfil his political proclamations about a higher quality direction, a better financial management and a halt to the theft of state property, Kubatova writes.

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