Czech press survey - July 18


18.07.2014 08:00

Prague - The wish of Jiri Dienstbier, minister for human rights and equal opportunities, that the ombudsman´s powers be extended is meant to help citizens but if it comes true, it would overburden the judiciary, Zbynek Petracek writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.


Ilustrační foto - Ministr pro lidská práva a šéf legislativní rady vlády Jiří Dienstbier představil 11. března na tiskové konferenci v Praze svůj tým. ČTK Šulová Kateřina

The ombudsman´s task is to improve relations between citizens and the state power. To do so, does he really need the power to propose the abolition of laws to the Constitutional Court (US) and to file anti-discrimination lawsuits, which Dienstbier wants him to acquire? Petracek asks.

At present, the ombudsman´s proposals are informal, not binding on the state bodies, and they are backed by the ombudsman´s personal authority only.

True, this is a problem. However, if he became empowered to turn to the US and file lawsuits, the question arises of whether he and the government would not be doing a dual job. What difference there would be between him and Dienstbier as the human rights minister? Petracek asks.

If implemented, Dienstbier´s wish may pave the path to "the hell of swelling lawsuits and overburdened judiciary," he says.

Dienstbier on Thursday said he is preparing a "system to secure people´s right to housing." After it takes effect, the ombudsman could start filing anti-discrimination lawsuits against all homeless people, Petracek adds ironically.

TOP 09 deputy chairman Miroslav Kalousek evidently blackmails the government by making the right-wing opposition´s support to the civil service bill conditional on the deletion of the planned civil service general directorate from it, Lukas Jelinek writes in Pravo.

Kalousek´s goal is to push through his own version of the bill and to show that he is the most capable opposition politician and the only one who can replace Karel Schwarzenberg after his departure as TOP 09 head, Jelinek writes.

Kalousek´s rhetoric is brilliant, but he still faces "the test of practical parliamentarism," Jelinek continues, wondering whether Kalousek will succeed with his plan to use obstructions to thwart the civil service bill´s passage.

The government life in this respect has been complicated by two of the three coalition partners. Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) deputy head Jan Bartosek has sadly admitted that the government is left with no other possibility but to give in to the opposition blackmailers. ANO chairman Andrej Babis, in fear that the civil service bill would rap him and people similar to him on the knuckles, has even praised some of the opposition´s proposals, Jelinek writes.

Such cacophony cannot be heard from the opposition and Kalousek may smile. His methods have the desired effect, Jelinek adds.

In Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD), Jana Bendova ponders on whether the recent massive "demand" for more women to enter politics is sincere or whether it is but a marketing step on the part of male politicians.

New EC head Jean-Claude Juncker wishes women to be in the EC, which markedly raises Vera Jourova´s (ANO) chance of being nominated to the EC by Prague. Unlike Jourova, her rival Pavel Mertlik (Social Democrats, CSSD) is not a woman, Bendova writes.

Andrej Babis, Finance Minister and ANO chairman, recently said he likes women and that a woman will be ANO´s number one candidate in the autumn local elections in Prague.

British PM David Cameron has nominated female ministries within a recent reshuffle of his cabinet, Bendova writes.

The market including the demand for women in the public sector evidently works well and it is more dignified than the setting of quotas, Bendova writes.

True, women in Europe are often more educated than men, more emphatic and less egocentric. It would be a pity not to use their talents and wits in politics as well as business, Bendova says.

On the other hand, women fail in politics as men do, she adds.

It is not clear whether the male political matadors mean their calls for more women in politics sincerely or whether they do so only to score points in the eyes of voters, Bendova writes.

Let´s hope that female nominees would not be chosen only because they wear skirts, she concludes.

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