Czech press survey June 6


06.06.2014 07:32

Prague - When the Czech government of the Social Democrats (CSSD), ANO and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) was formed after the late 2013 election, a reasonable person would conclude that the voters in fact decided that they do not want to limit the church restitution, but not the CSSD, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in daily Pravo today.


Zleva ministr pro legislativní radu vlády, lidská práva a rovné příležitosti Jiří Dienstbier, premiér Bohuslav Sobotka, ministr financí a vicepremiér pro ekonomiku Andrej Babiš a ministr bez portfeje pro vědu a inovace Pavel Bělobrádek na tiskové konferenci po úvodním zasedání nové vlády 29. ledna v Praze. ČTK Doležal Michal

The CSSD established a commission for the state-church property settlement instead, although it seemed apparent from the very beginning that such a commission cannot change anything, Mitrofanov writes.

He says the extent of church restitution is too large and the power of churches in a society, in which religion does not play a crucial role, has inadequately increased due to it.

This caused negative reactions of many people, discontent with the transfer of so much money to churches, in the previous election period. One of the consequences has been a fall in the trust in traditional political parties and development of the "non-political" ANO movement, Mitrofanov writes.

The presence of top state representatives at the inauguration of Ukraine´s new President Petro Poroshenko is seen as support for the pro-Western orientation of the country, Petr Pesek says in Lidove noviny (LN) in relation to the fact that the Czech Republic will be only represented by its foreign minister.

Unlike most of its neighbours and other EU countries, the Czech Republic will not be represented by their president or prime minister at the symbolical ceremony on Saturday, Pesek writes.

President Milos Zeman apologised that his schedule is full already and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said the presence of Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek is dignified and sufficient, Pesek writes.

Symbols play a great role in foreign affairs, although the crisis, or rather tragedy, in Ukraine is not black-and-white, Pesek says, adding that Poroshenko was a member of the government of the toppled pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych still in 2012.

It is dignified to send Zaoralek to Kiev, especially with regard to his surprisingly sharp criticism of Russia in the conflict in Ukraine, but it is not sufficient, Pesek writes.

The welfare state has contributed to the disintegration of families in the Czech Republic, Petr Holub writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

The increasing support for families with children makes mothers more and more aware that it is the welfare benefits rather than the income of their husbands, on which they are dependent, Holub writes.

Moreover, single mothers get higher benefits than complete families, Holub says.

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