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iDnes: Some lawmakers unhappy over campaign spending limits

The parliamentary election due to take place in October will be the first
influenced by legislation passed last year curbing spending by political
parties, news website iDnes reports. Under the new law, parties’
campaign spending has a ceiling of 90 million crowns (in the past, the news
site points out, spending higher than 100 million was not unusual). Some
lawmakers, even among those who backed the bill, have reportedly now
privately expressed misgivings; some interpret aspects of the law
differently, clashing over whether the use of government-assigned vehicles
for campaign purposes, for example, is a campaign expense. Campaign
spending is overseen by a specific bureau overseeing the financing and
economic activities of political parties and movements.

Social Democrats outline key campaign issues

The Social Democratic Party has presented key issues upon which it will run
its campaign ahead of the elections this autumn. At its conference in
Prague on Saturday, the party outlined comfortable living standards, an
average monthly wage of 40,000 crowns, progressive taxation, quicker health
care, and a so-called ‘millionaire tax’ as key priorities. The
party also formally confirmed Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek as
campaign leader. The Social Democratic Party is trying to respond to
dwindling numbers in opinion polls, which have placed the party as low as
10 percent.

Former PM to return to Social Democrats

Former prime minister and former chairman of the Social Democratic Party
Jiří Paroubek, who retired from politics in 2014, has applied to rejoin
the party he once led, Marek Semerad the head of the Kolín party branch
confirmed. According to Mr Semerad, Paroubek – who entered high politics in
2005 – has “not said his last word” in politics. Local Social
Democrats are expected to approve his membership next week. Paroubek was
party leader from 2006 – 2010 but resigned after winning a Pyrrhic victory
in the 2010 election which left him unable to form a new government. He
later left the ranks of the party and founded the leftist LEV 21 which
failed to win any seats in the lower house when voters next went to the
polls.

Highest number of traffic fatalities in single day

Six people died in traffic accidents in the Czech Republic on Friday – the
highest number of fatalities in a single day on Czech roads this year,
according to the police. Two of the deaths were in the Vysočina region.

Czechs clinch four medals, including two golds, on first day of Canoe
Slalom World Cup in Prague

Czech competitors took four medals on the first day of the 2017 Canoe
Slalom World Cup being held in Prague’s Troja. Kayakers Vít Přindiš
and Jiří Prskavec took the gold and bronze medals in the K1 men’s
category, respectively, while Jonáš Kašpar and Marek Šindler got the
gold in the canoe double (C2). Monika Jančová won the bronze in the C1
women’s category. The World Cup event in Prague continues on Sunday.

Football champions Slavia fined one million crowns

Czech football champions Slavia have been fined one million crowns for
failing to respect league licensing regulations. The club played their
final match of the season, against Brno, at Strahov rather than at their
home stadium, Eden, which had been leased by organizers for a concert by
the German band Rammstein. The decision was not contested by Slavia, the
Czech FA wrote on its website.

Weather

Sunday should be mostly overcast with some sunny periods. Daytime highs
should reach around 24 degrees Celsius.

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