Czech press survey - June 5


05.06.2014 07:25

Prague - Czech Human Rights Minister Jiri Dienstbier's idea to more integrate foreigners living in the Czech Republic on a long-time basis, but not having citizenship yet into elections is likeable at first sight, but it has a few snags, Petr Pesek writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.


Ministr pro lidská práva a šéf legislativní rady vlády Jiří Dienstbier představil 11. března na tiskové konferenci v Praze svůj tým. ČTK Šulová Kateřina

First, it is foolish to believe that foreigners can be integrated into society if allowed to go to the polls from time to time, Pesek writes.

Second, it should also be said, in which elections they would be allowed to take part. Foreigners from EU countries can already vote in the European Parliament election and also in local elections provided they have a permanent permit in the country, Pesek writes.

Third, Dienstbier´s idea degrades the institute of citizenship, Pesek writes.

Czech Finance Minister and ANO chairman Andrej Babis considers the government coalition agreement nothing but a trampoline from which the three government parties take off towards finally formulating their political intentions, David Klimes writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

He is commenting on Babis´s s recent criticism of some government programme points.

Babis said the decision to abolish hospital stay fees and the second pillar of the pension reform as well as the idea to introduce a third VAT rate were bad, but later backpedalled on his words, Klimes writes.

Babis is probably launching an offensive against the senior government Social Democrats (CSSD) in the style of carpet-bombing for the first, but probably not last time, Klimes writes.

He writes that some bombs are designed only to frighten the CSSD and prepare ground for a successful main hit. Since he will not probably change the third VAT rate and the second pillar, his priority will most probably be the re-introduction of the fee for hospital stay, Klimes writes.

Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) did not use to speak more quickly than thinking, on the contrary, his speeches in the opposition benches were characterised by prudence, Petr Fischer writes elsewhere in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

Lawmakers Sobotka, whether in the role of a regular speaker or CSSD chairman, spoke in greater detail without preparation only exceptionally, and if so, it was usually noteworthy, Fischer writes some irony.

He writes that Sobotka has already experienced this several times in the role of prime minister, and always in connection with foreign political developments which have never been his strong point.

This has also been confirmed by his latest statement that the Czech Republic does not feel any need for NATO reinforcing its military presence in Europe, Fischer writes.

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