One could bet one’s own salary on it. A female minister is ending in the cabinet – evidence that women do not fit into politics, unpredictable female deputies have a hold over the government – and here you have it again, they are simply not genetically equipped for it. On the weekend, the Social Democrats did not succeed in electing a vice-chairwoman as set by the party statutes, and this time the quotas were to pay for it – a tool that political parties normally use to help women in politics. But it is not like that at all. The Social Democratic embarrassment is not proof that quotas do not work. The incumbent vice-chairwoman and at first the only candidateContinue Reading

There are optimists who think that Václav Klaus is actually beneficial to the Czech government. Whoever is holding talks in the European Union could say: You should be glad that it is us dealing with you and not Klaus, because he’s a to-tal lu-na-tic. There are realists who say that Klaus’ dabbling in European politics can be ignored. He is a harmless clown, a circus attraction, that we should not take too seriously. However, the last few days gave rise to pessimism: Klaus is no longer harmless. To sign a peace agreement with him for the time of the Czech EU presidency seems now more difficult than ever before. The cabinet may have no other possibility but to ask theContinue Reading

When the Constitutional court decided last week that house owners may claim damages from the state that they have suffered from rent regulation, it did not receive applause from the representatives of the association of house owners. They said they do not believe in Czech courts any more. And they expect justice to come from Strasbourg. If this is so, the shame of our judiciary cannot be more evident. Almost 5,000 house owners have filed lawsuits against the Czech state with the European Court of Human Rights. They are requesting compensation totalling CZK 4.5 billion as the rent that they collect in their houses with regulated rent does not cover all the building maintenance costs and the expenses for flatsContinue Reading