Czech press survey - July 11


11.07.2014 07:31

Prague - The death of Czech soldiers in Afghanistan has laid bare the problematic relationship of a part of Czech society to their own armed forces, Rostislav Matulik writes in daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.


Ilustrační foto - Vojenský speciál přepravil 10. července do Česka ostatky čtyř českých vojáků, kteří zahynuli v Afghánistánu při útoku sebevražedného atentátníka nedaleko základny Bagrám. Na snímku vojáci na letišti v Praze-Kbelích stojí čestnou stráž u rakví. ČTK Krumphanzl Michal

Generally, the Czech military enjoys a big prestige, but usually only until the moment when an extraordinary event, similar to that at the Bagram base, occurs, Matulik writes.

He writes that mainly the Communists (KSCM) and their supporters mind foreign missions though hundreds of Czech officers as well as rank-and-file soldiers were deployed in Libya, Uganda, Egypt and elsewhere and though Czechs massively contributed to the tremendous bloodshed in Indonesia during the totalitarian regime, Matulik writes.

He writes that he did not notice anyone protesting against this.

All talk against the soldiers today rather veils the rejection of the post-communist developments. It is comprehensible that someone may be unhappy about the end of the Warsaw Pact even 24 years later. But if they were silent on Czech mercenaries and their problems in Africa, they should be silent today too, Matulik writes.

Ministers Jiri Dienstbier (human rights), Milan Chovanec (interior) and Michaela Marksova-Tominova (labour and social affairs), who are touring the ghettos of socially deprived people, seem to have really comprehended that it is no longer possible to mark time, Jiri Leschtina writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

Why has the state been paying out huge sums for overpriced housing rents to private owners of flats for many years? The housing benefits have increased from 850 million crowns in 2011 to the unbelievable 2.8 billion last year, Leschtina writes.

He writes that this cannot be explained otherwise but with many communal politicians themselves being involved in the mos profitable business.

The government´s effort to solve the situation cannot stop at a change of the system benefits alone. It must be followed by a number of measures focused on social housing, employment and education, which will give a chance for a way out to those who do not want to fall victim to their environment, Leschtina writes.

The local elections will already be held this autumn and the chase for personalities for the lists of candidates is being stepped up, but what is more important, the face or the programme, Stanislav Balik asks in Lidove noviny (LN).

This need not always rule out one another, but a problem arises where someone is sent to an environment which they are to represent, but which they do not actually know and with which they are not in close relationship, Balik writes.

In addition, politics is a trade that not everyone enjoys, which many an elected person finds out. Even greater disappointment comes when the person finds out that there is a minimum of interesting and attractive themes that catch media attention and that a crushing part of the content of the local politicians´ work are tedious negotiations and a difficult search for compromises, the result of which fully satisfies few people, Balik writes.

For democratic politics, including the local, it is necessary to be enjoyed by the elected representatives, to be legible, predictable and to fulfil the represented interests. Unfortunately, well-known non-political personalities help nothing of this, the reverse is true in most cases, Balik writes.

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