published: 30.03.2013, 13:05 | updated: 30.03.2013 14:11:16
Prague - Prime Minister Petr Necas declared that the treason charges against former president Vaclav Klaus harms the Czech Republic´s reputation abroad, but this reputation was seriously damaged already when Klaus refused to sign the Lisbon Treaty, Jiri Pehe says in daily Pravo today.
The angry Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) even called on the opposition Social Democrat (CSSD) senators who initiated the filing of charges against Klaus to resign from their political posts, Pehe recalls.
When Klaus was refusing the Lisbon Treaty in 2009, he acted like a president from a banana republic, he writes.
Observers from other countries repeatedly asked then how is it possible in a democratic country that a president who is not responsible under the constitution refused to sign a treaty that was passed by constitutional majorities of both houses of parliament, Pehe writes.
Is the Czech Republic a monarchy that has got stuck in the 18th century? he asks.
A British journalist shook his head, saying Queen Elizabeth II who has far more international authority than Klaus, would have never thought of not signing such a treaty, Pehe writes.
Jaromir Drabek, former labour and social affairs minister and one of the leaders of the TOP 09 conservative party, managed to undermine something as solid as the social security system within half of the present election period, Jan Keller writes elsewhere in Pravo.
This system was put out of operation by destroying the functional network of labour offices. To achieve it, the welfare benefit agenda was moved from municipal offices to them and their staff was reduced, Keller says.
He said the labour offices have no time to help people to find a job because they are flooded by different kind of work.
In the fight against unemployment, checks and punishments of the jobless replaced prevention, Keller writes.
Doctors confirm the fears of parents from Ostrava that children living near the ArcellorMittal steelworks often suffer from respiratory problems, so why the industrial city authorities do not limit the steelworks´ operation? Zbynek Petracek asks in Lidove noviny (LN).
It seems odd as Czech law gives towns the power to regulate or even stop the operation of factories that are responsible for heavy pollution, Petracek says.
But the answer to the question is simple: Ostrava does not take action against the company because ArcelorMittal has steelworks also in Katowice, a Polish city 80 km north of Ostrava, and Poland was granted a European permit to produce five times more emissions than the Czech Republic, Petracek writes.
He says the problem here is outsourcing, or transferring production to areas with cheaper workforce and lower social or environmental standards.
If the steel production was outsourced from Ostrava to Katowice, pollution would remain the same but many people would lose their jobs, Petracek writes.
He recalls that the German weekly Die Zeit wrote that breathing is dangerous to life in Ostrava.
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