The election of socialist Holland is a signal of change in Europe
The Czech social democratic party heartily welcomes the news of today’s election of a new French president, socialist Francois Holland. After a long 17 years of alternating right-wing presidents, this marks an important change for both France and Europe as a whole.
The success of the socialists in the presidential election in one of the most important European countries also gives strong encouragement to social democrats throughout the EU, including ČSSD, which is intensively preparing for the October regional and senate elections.
“The victory of Francoise Holland is important for the European left. Following the success of social democrats in Denmark and Slovakia it is a key signal of a shift giving hope to all who want a more just and socially acceptable response to the debt crisis. Holland must now fight hard for pro-growth measures against all those in the EU who have defended radical across-the-board cuts, stifling demand and sending Europe into economic stagnation. In this fight he will also have the support of Czech social democrats,” said ČSSD Chairman Bohuslav Sobotka.
- ČSSD rejects the church restitution enforced by the TOP09 and ODS as unfair, over-priced and carrying a high-risk for the state
ČSSD rejects the church restitution enforced by the right-wing government because they are unfair, over-priced and carrying a high risk for the state. If ČSSD gains in the October elections a sufficient mandate from the voters, it will use its best efforts to rectify this injustice. We will seek to significantly reduce financial compensation for unissued church property so that the compensation will be reasonable and fair. We will not allow handing over of the property owned by the Church before 25th February 1948. We will consider the possible introduction of tax assignations to be used for church financing in the future.
- ČSSD compiled its lists of candidates according to the rules
ČSSD welcomes the decision of the District Court for Prague 1, which rejected the proposal of several members of ČSSD from Moravian-Silesian Region to issue a preliminary measure to prevent the submission of lists of (ČSSD) candidates for Parliamentary elections in this county.
- ČSSD Election Program in a Nutshell
After 7 years of the reign of the right we live in a state that does not work, or does not protect its citizens. ČSSD wants to change that!
- If Karel Schwarzenberg actually wanted to defend the legality of the Republic he should support the proposal of ČSSD to dissolve the Chamber of Deputies and new elections!
I consider statements of Karel Schwarzenberg addressing the President of the Republic Miloš Zeman in the Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung exaggerated and described historical parallels of the Nazi era and communism as inappropriate. TOP 09 Chairman should not conduct the political struggle in a way that worsens the reputation of the Czech Republic abroad.
- Instead of caretaker government it seems as a government of SPOZ
It is questionable, whether Prime Minister Rusnok fully understood the President´s task. The president repeatedly spoke about government of experts. According to previous statements by Jiří Rusnok in regard to staffing composition of his government it seems, he rather assembles a cabinet of SPOZ- Zeman´s Citizens´ Rights Party. If there is a government that has no democratic mandate from the voters, it will only worsen its public perception. ČSSD understands that President Zeman named Rusnok to avoid the failed right-wing coalition and we respect this decision of the President. The new government won´t be viable and can only serve as a catalyst in a new election effort.
2014-04-30 ČSSD Manifesto for European elections, 23rd -24th May 2014
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