Czech press survey - May 5


05.05.2014 07:43

Prague - The first 100 days of the Czech left-centre coalition government of Bohuslav Sobotka (CSSD) has brought two things: "emptiness and nothingness," Petr Kambersky writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.


Ilustrační foto - Předseda vlády Bohuslav Sobotka (vpravo) a ministr financí Andrej Babiš na schůzi vlády 24. března v Praze. ČTK Vondrouš Roman

He compares Sobotka to Napoleon Bonaparte who seized the rule of France without a single shot 199 years ago but he kept power for 94 days only from his crowning to abdication.

As far as the cabinet of Sobotka´s CSSD, ANO and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) is concerned, "one big nothing" is visible after the first three months in power, Kambersky says.

He adds that the government has neither implemented any significant change nor pushed through any important bill.

This need not be wrong especially in the case of politicians who believe in the state´s strong role. However, it is hard to assess nothingness, Kambersky notes.

He recalls that the paper called Sobotka´s team "a government of repairers and servicemen." This prediction has been unfortunately confirmed. But on top of that, the government feels more and more like giving away as much money from tax payers´ pockets as possible, Kambersky concludes in LN.

The first 100 days of Bohuslav Sobotka´s government has made a rather embarrassed impression, Karel Steigerwald writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.

He adds that Sobotka tries to "mobilise expenditure," which is similar to what he did as finance minister (2002-2006).

The new government wants to invest massively to revive the economy. Yet this intention usually turns into a big state wasting of money, Steigerwald writes.

He recalls that the revival of the economy is on the horizon anyway, even without the government´s strong effort.

The cabinet should instead prepare savings and the state debt repayment, he adds.

However, no government is doing so and Sobotka´s team will also leave it up to its successors who will not do it either, Steigerwald writes in MfD.

The recent Czech police raid in Muslims´ houses of prayer has proved how problematic it is if law can punish not only acts but mere ideas, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.

The raid was motivated by a suspicion of the publication and distribution of a book spreading racism.

The police acted to protect human rights, but paradoxically they violated them, too, since a rain in a mosque during a prayer can be qualified as an attack on religious freedoms and defamation of conviction, Honzejk points out.

This paradox can be avoided easily by applying the rule that the power of a liberal society does not lie in the repression of ideas but on the contrary, in the utmost tolerance, Honzejk writes.

He says the Czech Republic should take it into consideration whether the American approach that rejects "ideological crimes" or the criminalisation of ideas is not better, Honzejk writes.

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