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Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 10/04/2015

Meatballs to replace hamburgers in Prague

In a bid to protect the Czech language, the parliament in Prague wants to prevent restaurants from luring guests with menus written in foreign languages. The liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes fears dire consequences at the hands of reckless translators, and believes more effort should be put into teaching foreign languages: "This law could bring down upon us a whole dictionary's worth of new terms for hotdog, borscht, hamburger or steak, for example. It's interesting that the word 'banned' appears five times and the word 'ban' appears twice on a single page. ... It's just too bad that our parliamentarians haven't paid as much attention to the fact that compared with the people of other nations, the Czechs are among those whose language skills leave much to be desired. According to the Eurobarometer, Czechs between 15 and 34 are well below average compared with people of the same age in other non-English-speaking countries. Only the Italians and the Spanish are worse."

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 19/02/2009

The Lisbon treaty still has a long way to go in Prague

Following a lengthy tug-of-war the EU's Treaty of Lisbon cleared its first hurdle in Prague after the Czech Republic's lower house of parliament approved it on Wednesday. But the wait for final ratification could be a long one, writes the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes: "In the Senate [the parliament's second chamber] the vote could be even more difficult because the opponents of the treaty in the strongest parliamentary party [the liberal-conservative ODS] wield great power there. And then there's President Václav Klaus. He has repeatedly stressed that he wants nothing to do with the treaty until the Irish change their mind after the failed referendum. It is therefore still uncertain whether the treaty will be definitively ratified in the Czech Republic, which holds the rotating EU presidency until the middle of the year. … No one can force Klaus to sign. The Lisbon treaty is not like a regular law where the parliament can override a presidential veto if necessary."

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 03/04/2006

Floods and elections

The Czech Republic has been hit by heavy flooding for the third time in ten years, and a state of emergency has been declared in many parts of the country. Josef Kopecky believes that the way the government deals with this disaster will have a major impact on the parliamentary election results. He points out that following the last major floods in 2002, then prime minister Vladimir Spidla was rated by 75 percent of Czechs as the most trustworthy politician. The commentator quotes political scientist Tomas Lebeda: "'The floods in Germany helped Gerhard Schröder's government in the 2002 general elections. President Bush, on the other hand, saw his popularity plunge because he underestimated the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans.' Now Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek has been presented with an unexpected opportunity and is making the most of it. He makes several media appearances a day and is stressing how much the government is doing to manage the crisis."

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