Czech press survey - May 4


03.05.2014 13:25

Prague - Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek has lost face and on top of that, he has showed repentance during his visit to China by signing a protocol on bilateral cooperation saying the Czech Republic would not support Tibet´s independence in any form, Jiri Hanak writes in Pravo today.


Český ministr zahraničí Lubomír Zaorálek hovoří s novináři 14. dubna v Lucemburku při příchodu na jednání šéfů diplomacií EU. ČTK Dospiva Jakub

It is true that not even the Dalai Lama demands Tibet´s full independence, but the expression "in any form" is problematic. Does it mean that Czechs would be against a certain level of self-rule or autonomy of Tibet? Hanak asks.

He says the Dalai Lama and Tibetans demand from Beijing the same that Prague reasonably recommends to Kiev in Eastern Ukrainian regions.

"China is an elephant and the Czech Republic is an ant, this is the proportion of both countries... And China´s´ economic force is enormous now," Hanak writes.

After Russian markets became uncertain, Prague would like to lure Chinese investments. Some 600,000 jobless people inherited from the previous centre-right governments must be a nightmare of the Social Democrat PM Bohuslav Sobotka, Hanak admits.

"In spite of it, I think that even an ant should and could keep its moral integrity," Hanak writes in Pravo.

President Milos Zeman has missed a chance of delivering a key address on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Czech Republic´s EU entry, and he keeps weakening the authority of his office by commenting on the issues, which are not within his powers, Jiri Pehe writes elsewhere in daily Pravo.

He recalls that the most significant statements by Zeman in media on this occasion were his words on "solar madness" in the EU. He said that the Czech Republic should more actively fight for the future of nuclear energy instead of building solar plants and windmills, Pehe recalls.

He says Zeman has naturally the right to express his views but energy policy is the government´s field of responsibility.

Pehe adds that after the appointment of the coalition government, Zeman´s various statements are nothing but "pieces of good advice," which no one requires.

Zeman is unnecessarily weakening the weight of his office. He often does not use it at the moments when citizens would like to hear the president´s opinion, and on the contrary, he repeatedly misuses his position to settle old scores with his opponents or spread some radical or controversial opinions in the areas in which he has no powers, Pehe concludes.

The culture of officials´ replacement in the Czech Republic is very poor, Martin Zverina writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today, commenting on the current dispute about the post of the Totalitarian Regimes Study Institute´s (USTR) head.

The Czech Republic has already had two police presidents and too high state attorneys and now it might also have two USTR directors after a court ruled on Friday that the dismissal of current Culture Minister Daniel Herman (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) as USTR head was at variance with the constitution, Zverina adds.

There is a strong political will and legal shortcomings behind most dubious dismissals of senior officials, including Herman´s case, Zverina points out.

He says the "coup" in the USTR was clearly a political order as the new USTR council that has fired Herman is definitely politicised. It is namely elected by the Senate dominated by the senior government Social Democrats (CSSD).

Fortunately Herman is not considering returning to the USTR´s helm, Zverina notes.

However, the whole system of the appointment and dismissal of senior officials as well as politicians´ approach to them should change, Zverina indicates.

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