Czech press survey - July 2


02.07.2014 07:37

Prague - The Czech government coalition´s dispute about the supervisory board of the CEZ national power utility markedly resembles the fights for lucrative posts in state firms, which led to the fall of the previous cabinet of Petr Necas, Petr Kambersky writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today.


Ministr financí Andrej Babiš byl 29. června v Praze hostem diskusního pořadu České televize Otázky Václava Moravce. ČTK Krumphanzl Michal

He recalls that Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) used the hesitation of the junior government Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) and filled the body with his people. Both the Christian Democrats and opposition parties protested against having no representative in it.

Kambersky writes that this is no trivial clash about "one name" but a key question whether state firms will stop being "a milk cow" for political parties or not.

It does not matter whether Babis gives in to the Christian Democrats in CEZ or whether he finds another settlement.

The crucial is to make voters believe that the aim of all parties in dispute is to watch state firms properly and not that the current centre-left coalition is fighting for lucrative posts exactly in the same way as its centre-right predecessors, Kambersky concludes.

Not only two men should pay dearly for the dubious purchase of the Austrian Pandur armoured carriers for the Czech military, which was allegedly accompanied by corruption, since many people got entangled in the lengthy transaction, Vaclav Dolejsi indicates in daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.

However, only lobbyist Marek Dalik was brought to court on suspicion of bribery in this case, while an arms dealer, involved in the negotiations about the contract, is labelled "insane" after his fall from the post, Dolejsi writes.

The unbelievable story of the armoured carriers (APCs) is not only about a total lack of concept in the Czech military that does not know how many and what vehicles and their equipment it actually wants but it is also "a high school of lobbying" since five governments have dealt with the contract, Dolejsi writes.

He says the fact that exactly Dalik ended up in court makes an impression that the managers of the supplier, the Austrian armament firm Steyr, simply lost patience with the Czechs.

Consequently, Dalik got the worst of it. But who will follow him? Dolejsi asks.

It is fully up to Israel to decide how strong revenge it will choose for the murder of three Israeli teenagers on the west bank of the Jordan River, and the world has no right to have a say in it, Teodor Marjanovic writes elsewhere in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.

Western countries, mainly the United States, have called on the government on Benjamin Netanyahu not to react "disproportionately" to the murder. But it is hard to say what "a proportionality criterion" is in this case, Marjanovic notes.

However, the main point lies elsewhere. It is easy for the others who are not living with the feeling of a permanent threat to give advice to Israel. In Israeli´s eyes, the murder of three boys on their way from school only confirms that they can never be certain of anything, not to mention security, Marjanovic points out.

"On the contrary, they know one thing very well. If no revenge follows, it will only prompt the terrorists to other similar attacks. Therefore, let it up to [Israel´s] their consideration what they will do now and how they will do it," Marjanovic concludes.

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