Czech press survey - March 27


27.03.2014 08:02

Prague - Former Czech president Vaclav Klaus said once he does not comprehend the notion "energy security," but he would have come to understand it at the EU-USA summit in Brussels on Wednesday, Daniel Anyz writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.


Ilustrační foto - Nová kabinová lanovka na nejvyšší českou horu Sněžku svezla 20. prosince první cestující. V provozu je zatím pouze spodní úsek z Pece na Růžovou horu, horní úsek dosud nemá hotové takzvané drážní inspekce. Na snímku je bývalý prezident Václav Klaus při rozhovoru s novináři. ČTK Taneček David

He writes that there has been more theoretical talk in the EU about the need to diversify energy sources than how many practical measures have been taken taken.

But Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the EU reassess its lukewarm stance and the fact that the energy map is being changed for the EU´s benefit should be an incentive for the Union, Anyz writes.

An increased import of LNG from the United States to Europe need not automatically markedly lower dependence on Russia. But offering cheaper gas to some Russian customers will narrow Moscow´s space, Anyz writes.

Putin´s regime will have less money for its policy and will start to behave in a way that will be safer for the world, Anyz writes.

Finance Minister Andrej Babis´s proposals for tax changes, including better tax collection and the idea to use the whole profit of the CEZ power company, in which the state has a majority stake, and to withdraw almost all money from state accounts, resemble financial mobilisation, Petr Fischer writes elsewhere in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

The state is trying to gain all money that it has somewhere and it is doing so consistently and with due social regards, but with a strange interpretation of social justice: large firms will add nothing, citizens-employees a little bit more, small isolated businesspeople the most of all, Fischer writes.

It should be said clearly that as long as it is not clear what the government will do with the money gained in financial transfers, it cannot expect support from the public and experts, Fischer writes.

He writes that in the 21st century, politics cannot be based on the method "we will try - we will see."

Churches were waiting for a settlement with the state for a quarter century and they deserve it in some form because the totalitarian power was rude to them, Lukas Jelinek writes in Pravo.

But after the recent change of government, some politicians would like to change the agreement reached, but reconciliation pays both parties to the dispute, the churches and the coalition government, Jelinek writes.

Do the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), who are opposed to any change in the agreement, want to withdraw their ministers, deputy ministers and other nominees they have only shortly ago installed to various offices? Jelinek asks.

Will they shoulder responsibility for that the radical part of Social Democrats (CSSD) together with the protagonists of a coup against CSSD head and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, who have regained force in the meantime, will depose him? Jelinek asks.

Are they ready to start up the CSSD and ANO´s flirtation with the Dawn of Direct Democracy and the Communists (KSCM), Jelinek asks and writes that the flirtation would not probably be successful.

But the possibility that a new parliamentary, if not even government majority, would emerge against the background of the dispute with churches does exist.

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