Czech press survey - July 28


28.07.2014 07:45

Prague - The conflict in Ukraine seemed to narrow to the July 17 crash of the Malaysia Airlines civilian aircraft MH17 in the recent days, Zbynek Petracek writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.


Trosky malajsijského letadla u vesnice Hrabove ČTK/AP Dmitry Lovetsky

Though it is highly important to know who downed the plane and why, but the answers will not help deal with the armed conflict, Petracek says.

The war is going on, especially because the pro-Russian rebels are getting arms from Russia, he says.

The European Union has been focusing on sanctions against Russia, while the United States has been concentrating on military support, Petracek writes, referring to the weekend reports quoting anonymous sources saying Pentagon may give Kiev information on the exact position of the anti-aircraft positions of the rebels.

It is unacceptable that the Czech police wiretapped two journalists dealing with the case of suspected corruption related to the sale of Pandur armoured carriers to the Czech military, Lukas Jelinek indicates in daily Pravo.

How is it possible that a court let the police tap the phones of Jakub Svoboda and Janek Kroupa in 2011 over leaked police wiretappings within the Pandur case? Jelinek writes.

Do the police expect that the journalists would find the required pieces of information instead of them? Jelinek asks.

Finance Minister Andrej Babis claimed that Germany is the example to follow in tax collection for the Czech Republic, but he plans to introduce electronic cash registers functioning in Croatia, Julie Hrstkova writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

One can understand why Babis says he has been inspired by Croatia because the system has failed in Slovakia and Hungary, which have also introduced the electronic cash registers, Hrstkova writes.

She says Slovakia has the most expensive tax administration system in the European Union and one of the least effective in the EU at the same time, its operation costs reaching 3 percent of the collected taxes, while the EU average is 1.1 percent.

Croatia has not provided the relevant data, however, the Economist Intelligence Unit considered Croatia the 10th worst economy of the world this year, Hrstkova writes.

The Czech seems to be taking a dubious Balkan path again, she says.

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