Czech press survey - June 23


23.06.2014 07:22

Prague - The planned law on prostitution, now debated in the Czech Chamber of Deputies, really deserves attention, David Klimes writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.


Pracovnice jednoho z pražských nočních podniků, prostitutky, nevěstinec, sex - ilustrační foto. ČTK Vondrouš Roman

The state's desire not to be powerless when facing the problem seems to be strong. However, this changes nothing in the bill being hypocritical and wrong, Klimes writes.

The content of the legislation is quite problematic. How many prostitutes will be ready to apply for permits, health checkups, the delineation of their sphere of work and tax duty? Klimes asks.

Few, if any, he adds. Most prostitutes will move from public areas to private homes, he adds.

It will not be bad if the bill is rejected, awaiting another one. Perhaps the legislation that, along the Swedish, Norwegian and French models, punishes the clients, not the prostitutes themselves, Klimes writes.

Prague will become a political litmus paper in autumn as the local elections there will check not only the government's popularity, but also whether the voter is ready to swallow the populist calls in the Czech Republic's wealthiest region, Martin Zverina writes in Lidove noviny (LN).

The three-member coalition of the Greens, Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) and Mayors seems to have the biggest potential of growth, but also quite an unpredictable result, Zverina writes.

In fact, this coalition does not appear in any plans of those who are preparing the next Prague government, he adds.

Along with their leaders' unchallenged reputation, this is the biggest asset of the rather heterogeneous coalition, Zverina writes.

So far, it was true of Prague that it never elects the left, being a reliable stronghold of Karel Schwarzenberg, leader of the conservative TOP 09, he adds.

However, the rather unconvincing offer presented by mainstream parties may refute this, Zverina writes.

President Milos Zeman gave a lesson from democracy to Communist deputy Katerina Konecna when he decided to back Jean-Claude Juncker, a rightist politician, for European Commission head, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo, commenting on Konecna's having said that in doing so, Zeman betrayed the voters.

Juncker is not a good choice because in the sphere of ideas, he sides with the Christian Democrats, but because the election winner should say who will head the government, Mitrofanov writes.

This was not the case on the European level, which was criticised by Zeman. If this situation is reprieved by choosing the nominee of the party that won the European elections this should contribute to the reduction of shortage of democracy in the EU, he adds.

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