Public reactions to the recent revelations about Milan Kundera’s alleged role and activities as an informer — while a student in the early 1950s — reveal a positive facet of contemporary Czech society: Its rejection of informing as an acceptable social behavior.
Should the coalition government sell Czech Airlines, Prague Airport or Čepro? The answer is simple: If you consider the instability of the world markets, it should not. Privatisation in general is usually a very good thing. A private owner can usually look after property better than the state, and it is certainly true in the case of business companies that were set up for the purpose of profit. Since we do not live in honourable Scandinavia and we also also some “natural” or “genetic” inclinations, privatisation is also good for another reason in our conditions: It curbs corruption, as it limits the influence of politicians on the operation of companies and on filling high office posts. Let us, for example,
While the victorious Social Democrats (ČSSD) are sailing forth with favourable wind, Topolánek’s vessel resembles Rimbaud’s Drunken Boat, the “boat lost in the hair of bays, hurled by a hurricane”. And the mood that will prevail on board will be essential not only for the cabinet’s existence, but also for the further development of our politics. Will it be panic, mutual accusations, battles causing decay or a cold analysis, search for a new direction and for new leaders? The one who hid in the mistIt was the first time in history of ODS when one part of the steadfast party supporters did not have any reason to go to the elections or gave their voice to somebody else. This mutiny
Welcome to Talkback, a forum to voice your opinion on today’s Czech news. This week’s topic: Are Czechs EU trouble-makers? Last week Czech officials criticised the 100% guarantee of bank deposits introduced by some EU countries. They raised concern that big countries could sidestep the rules of the Growth and Stability Pact that set budget deficit limits. They required that guarantees for deposits be equal for all countries and in agreement with competition rules. But the package of emergency measures had already been approved within the eurozone and the Czech Republic is now being blamed for making it more complicated. The Czech stance may not even be taken into consideration when dealing with the issue. This all comes only two
The financial crisis provokes strong emotions. Some say it is the capitalistic pursuit of profit that caused it all, others blame the situation on crypto-communists like George W. Bush who weakened the healthy market forces to a level that is no longer sufficient. Fear for our wallets takes our ideological prejudice to extremes. Back to ErhardWhen German cleric Ludwig Erhard came up with the term Social Market Economy a long time ago, it seemed a half-dog half-cat creature was born. But it has survived half a century, becoming an acceptable compromise that has kept Europe in the lead in terms of competitiveness and prosperity. The new winner of the Nobel economics prize, Paul Krugman, says it is the European half-dog-half-cat
Welcome to Talkback, a forum to voice your opinion on today’s Czech news. This week’s topic: Will you join the Czech gold rush? As shares on global stock markets continue to fall, are investors starting to look for alternative ways to invest their money. The Czech Republic is not an exception. Lidové noviny reported last week that the Czechs have started investing in gold. Pavel Trtík, head of numismatics firm Zlaté mince said the company’s sales for the past few days match its normal monthly total. The company now makes as much as CZK 25 million on daily sales. People have to wait up to 14 days for some of the most sought-after pieces. The situation is similar with gems.