Czech press survey - July 23


23.07.2014 07:30

Prague - The forcible method with which the Czech government coalition is pushing through a civil service bill si reprehensible because legislation, which determines the character of the state administration for many years to come should be approved in agreement with, or minimally after negotiations with the opposition, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.


Předseda vlády Bohuslav Sobotka (vpravo) a ministr financí Andrej Babiš na schůzi vlády 24. března v Praze. ČTK Vondrouš Roman

But Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) and ANO head Andrej Babis have opted for force, in which case they cannot be surprised at the opposition repaying them in the same way. Obstructions in parliament are an entirely legitimate instrument of political resistance in this case, Honzejk writes.

If the opposition strictly kept to the order of procedure of the Chamber of Deputies, it could happen that no elections will ever be held in this country because no one will ever push anything through the lower house of parliament against the opposition´s will, Honzejk writes.

In the interest of rationality and the functioning of democracy, the two sides to the dispute should agree on a win-win deal. The government coalition will reach agreement on a version of the new civil service law that will not keep its people in important posts for ever and the opposition will reciprocate with agreement to a change to the order of procedure that would rule out the possibility of blocking anything for ever, Honzejk writes.

Who has beaten whom, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD), or his Finance Minister and ANO leader Andrej Babis, or did Vera Jourova, chosen for the Czech candidate for a European commissioner, beaten both of them? Alexander Mitrofanov asks in Pravo.

Babis´s only gain will be that Jourova, his first deputy chairwoman, will end in ANO in a few weeks. Less than two hours after the government coalition reached agreement on her candidature, Jourova publicly corrected Babis saying that she will be defending Czech interests in Brussels, Mitrofanov writes.

He writes that at home Babis can say a lot as long as a part of people still love him. But if Jourova complied with his wishes in Brussels, she would grossly violate the ban applied to European commissioners and would end in the commission.

Sobotka nodded to Jourova after Babis assured him that he will reciprocate with releasing more money for social services and agree with a higher growth in minimum wage, Mitrofanov writes.

It is evident with whom people will connect these changes that will be positive for them. Who has actually won then? Mitrofanov asks in conclusion.

Will Russian President Vladimir Putin reach agreement with the United States at the cost of Europe? Zbynek Petracek asks in Ldiove noviny (LN).

Putin´s saying that he will strengthen Russia militarily can surprise no one. He said it at the Security Council, that is his statement was destined for the domestic public, but real changes in positions are taking place elsewhere, Petracek writes.

It does not happen often that the Kremlin would place a video with a fundamental statement by the president on the Internet at 2:00 Russian time like it did this week, Petracek writes.

He recalls that Putin spoke about such a current and urgent issue, which the investigation into the attack on a Malaysian plane last week is. Why did the Kremlin proceed precisely this way? Petracek asks.

He writes that the most probable reason is that the statement aimed at America and so it had to be made in the U.S. media prime-time.

This looks as if the Kremlin has written off Europe and the possibility of reaching agreement with it, and concentrated more on America, Petracek writes.

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