published: 02.09.2013, 07:32 | updated: 02.09.2013 07:46:24
Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman behaves in line with the pre-election populism by opening the issue of the return of the churches´ property, in which anything can be promised without any commitment, Martin Zverina writes in the daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.
Nevertheless, he adds, neither the next government nor the Chamber of Deputies will be in the situation where they could decide arbitrarily. The state has signed agreements with the churches and their revision must be based of the interest of both parties, Zverina notes.
Consequently, it is more than probable that Zeman´s current proclamations will end neither in a referendum nor in the abolition of the church restitution law, at the most the sums the state will pay to the churches in compensation in the future may be revised a bit, Zverina says.
In view of the left wing´s fiasco in the fight for the abolition of patients´ regulatory fees, "it is clear that the left will more probably cancel money than the church restitution after the elections," Zverina writes in conclusion.
President Milos Zeman´s words about a possible change to the law on the state-churches property settlement may threaten foreign investments in the country, Jiri Leschtina writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.
Zeman thereby revives what every investor fears the most: "the unpredictability of the legal environment," Leschtina points out.
The return of and compensation for the property of churches confiscated by the communist regime are confirmed by agreements, which the Czech state signed with the 16 churches involved.
In spite of it, Zeman said the new government emerging from the late October early general election should deal with the church restitution law and possibly "change it." Besides, he admitted that the caretaker cabinet of Jiri Rusnok might change the law, Leschtina says.
"The president urges the government, which no one has elected and the Chamber of Deputies has rejected, to abolish the commitments given by the elected political representatives," Leschtina writes.
If the Communists (KSCM) or Social Democrats (CSSD) haunt citizens with the image of "well-heeled" churches, it is part of their election campaign, but if the head of state does so, it is a warning sign. It says investors should beware the country whose president is turning from "the protector of stability into the enemy of legal certainties," Leschtina concludes in HN.
The name of Vaclav Klaus is not available in the election fight for the moment, but he may return to the political battlefield later, Daniel Kaiser writes elsewhere in Lidove noviny (LN) today.
He recalls that Jana Bobosikova, head of the extra-parliamentary anti-European Sovereignty party, used "the Klaus label" with pleasure to enter the headline news. However, Klaus used her in the same expedient manner as a tool to keep his name in the game about the future of an influence in the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), which he established and headed for years, Kaiser says.
He adds that though Klaus refused to participate in the upcoming early general election, he could run in the EP polls next year. If he succeeded, he would show he was still able to win and make the ODS elect him as its chairman.
Kaiser writes that Klaus´s flirting with Bobosikova and her grouping is a message saying he can be dangerous. However, so far he has always been a first league player.
Moreover, he must be careful since the Sovereignty would profit from him at the expense of the ODS which will not let anyone "walk all over it" after the years, not even its former leader Klaus, Kaiser concludes.
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