Czech press survey - June 3


03.06.2014 07:32

Prague - Czech Finance Minister and ANO leader Andrej Babis avoided a clash with President Milos Zeman when dealing with a dispute between Justice Minister Helena Valkova (for ANO) and her former first deputy Hana Marvanova, Martin Zverina writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.


Ministryně spravedlnosti Helena Válková (vpravo) a její první náměstkyně Hana Marvanová vystoupily 5. května na tiskové konferenci v Praze. ČTK Šulová Kateřina

Marvanova, whom Zeman does not like, said on Sunday she was leaving the ministry.

Zverina says Babis wants to further cooperate with Marvanova and the unpopular Valkova remains in her post.

Marvanova will be replaced by Robert Pelikan, chosen by Babis and having priorities similar to Marvanova. One can expect another clash at the Justice Ministry soon, Zverina writes.

By solving the dispute between Valkova and Marvanova, Babis turned their meeting with Prime Minister and Social Democrat (CSSD) Bohuslav Sobotka, scheduled for Wednesday, into a useless talk, Zverina concludes.

The key point of the Valkova vs Marvanova dispute is that Babis did not let Valkova replace Marvanova with a person of her choice but that he chose lawyer Robert Pelikan from his Finance Ministry, Jana Blazkova says in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

Both Pelikan and Marvanova have uncompromising stances on fighting corruption, Blazkova writes.

She says the dispute was not merely caused by the personal animosity of the two ladies, but by a clash over the government priorities and a judiciary reform.

The government promised that it would lower the fees lawyers get for extracting small debts and Marvanova wanted these fees to be on a level similar to Germany. However, Valkova gave in to the arguments of the lawyers´ lobby and she is pushing for fees three times higher than in Germany instead of the present five times higher fees, Bendova writes.

She says another point of controversy between Marvanova and Valkova was the decision that distrant officers can confiscate the property of both parents if one of them is overburdened with debts.

The present government promised to change this because it might threaten women with children who left a gambling partner, Bendova writes.

Valkova decided not to promote this change, she says.

The Party of Free Citizens that has won its first parliamentary seat ever in the recent European Parliament election is a new ambitious right-wing party in the Czech Republic, Lukas Jelinek writes in Pravo.

In the past few years, Czech right-wing politics was formed by the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), TOP 09 and former ODS leader and president Vaclav Klaus, Jelinek says.

The Party of Free Citizens of Petr Mach took advantage of the ODS decline and the failure of other small right-wing groupings, he writes.

Mach´s party was close to Klaus when he was first of all a promoter of free trade. After Klaus linked with populist politician Jana Bobosikova and the ultra-conservative DOST group and promoted patriotism close to nationalism, the Party of Free Citizens distanced itself from him, Jelinek says.

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