published: 09.09.2013, 07:14 | updated: 09.09.2013 08:26:39
Prague - The nearest years will decide whether the Czech Republic will follow the example of Germany, with its impressive economic performance, whether it will fall even deeper into an economic abyss, Petr Kambersky writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.
In the late 1980s, Germany ranked among Europe´s richest states, in the following decades its economy declined but now it has become Europe´s leading economy again, a rise it clearly owes to its maintenance of low wages and its export of technologies to countries all over the world, Kambersky writes.
The Czechs may either choose to follow suit and, like Germans, to export sophisticated production and to rise economically, or to be a workshop among European states, but with wages never as low as in China, Kambersky says.
In the latter case, the Czechs can expect a fall into even a bigger abyss, he adds in conclusion.
If the Democrats in Europe, Unite! manifesto is a sign showing that Czech President Vaclav Klaus has turned a blind eye to the forthcoming Czech general election and focuses on next year´s EU elections instead, it is a welcome sign, Zbynek Petracek writes in Lidove noviny (LN).
He refers to a manifesto initiated by Klaus, signed by his long-standing assistants and collaborators from the Eurosceptic camp and emphasising the need to stop what it calls leftist radicals´ efforts to turn the EU into a superstate that would remove the historical European countries as well as democracy.
Yes, in the European Parliament Klaus´s opinions would be more appropriate to present than in the Czech Chamber of Deputies.
First, because the EU is not the main topic to influence the results of the Czech October 25-26 elections.
Second, the European structures - and the European Parliament most of all - badly need a genuine opposition, Petraced writes.
The widespread criticism of the EU´s deficit in democracy cannot be labelled "right-wing" or "left-wing." It is simply a fact and the EP is waiting for a personality who would be capable of analysing, structuring and rationally presenting the criticism, Petracek writes.
This would force the EP to react to it appropriately, he adds.
Elsewhere in Lidove noviny (LN), Martin Zverina supports Czech ombudsman´s criticism of the undignified conditions faced by convicts in prisons, mainly the practice of personal searches aimed to prevent the inmates from smuggling cell phones, weapons and drugs to prisons.
The Ombudsman objects nothing to personal searches as such, but he wants the strictest searches to be applied to inmates only in well-founded cases, not automatically to all, Zverina recalls.
Of course, the problem would not exist if Czech prisons were equipped with full-body scanners like those at airports, Zverina writes.
Nevertheless, if the Prison Service had more money, would it primarily spend on scanners? Would not it be more appropriate for it to ensure civilised hygienic conditions for prison inmates, such as a warm shower more than once a week? Zverina writes.
If scanners were bought, would not the deal turn out to be botched just like the purchase of cell phone jammers a couple of years ago? Zverina asks.
Prison inmates are far from innocent. But the level of a society´s civilisation can be ascertained by how the society treats its lowest-ranking groups of people, Zverina writes.
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