Czech press survey - May 19


19.05.2014 07:22

Prague - Will ever a system of pan-European political parties, minimally for the needs of the European Parliament election, be created, Jan Machacek asks in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.


Volby, volební urna, volební lístek - ilustrační foto. ČTK Vostárek Josef

He writes that the political stability of the American federation also derives from that the Republican Party and the Democratic Party exist in all its states.

If hundreds of political parties existed in the United States like they exist in the European Union, the U.S. would probably be just as a confused union as the EU, Machacek writes.

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said in the speech he made at a commemorative meeting in the former Nazi concentration camp in Terezin, north Bohemia, at the weekend, that it is necessary to oppose all current manifestations of racism, hatred, anti-Semitism and xenophobia, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.

He writes that this also applies to the stance on these phenomena in both the European Union and the countries east of the border of this grouping.

Some criticism of these social ills in Ukraine can be heard in the Czech discourse, its many times higher incidence in Russia is usually left unnoticed, Mitrofanov writes.

He writes that this may be motivated by fears of marring closer economic cooperation.

If the public opinion polls are confirmed and nationalists and xenophobes score a marked success in the forthcoming European Parliament election, the time to listen into the warning made by Sobotka in Terezin will come, Mitrofanov writes.

He writes that history may follow a spiral-like development.

Czech government ANO movement chairman Andrej Babis recognised last week that he is a "politician," but it should be added that he is a clumsy one, Petr Kambersky writes in Lidove noviny (LN).

One week ahead of the European Parliament election he gave the competition an undreamt-of gift. He wants to abolish self-employed people´s tax rebate, Kambersky writes.

Hardly a bigger blunder than angering an important socio-professional group of people can be made before voting, he writes.

The opposition Civic Democrats (ODS) have logically picked up the theme and their chairman Petr Fiala says "ANO is not a protector of the interests of centre-right voters," while the panic-stricken ANO is backpedalling, Kambersky writes.

He writes that however much the proposal by Babis´s Finance Ministry is far from nonsensical on the matter-of-fact level, the timing is a an own goal.

Kambersky writes that tradespeople paid over 26 billion crowns in income tax in 2006, last year it was 2.6 billion, or one tenth only. The former government coalitions evidently made some mistake. Its redressing will be painful.

($1=20.088 crowns)

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