Final Word from Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Opponents of university tuition will have to give up their no-tolerance fight soon and instead concentrate on trying to influence the final parameters of the fee system they so fear. Like it or not, ODS, TOP 09 and VV will have the strength to push through the tuition law, but coalition politicians have given so many different reasons for imposing the fees that room exists for fleshing out a priority objective that truly benefits the country. Petr Nečas spoke of using low tuition to promote the natural sciences, technical fields and biomedicine, while charging more for law, journalism, political science and economics. It's probably time for the CR to decide whether it wants to have a supportive industrial policy that promotes Mittelstand enterprises, like in Germany, or merely an all-powerful electrostate that concentrates first and foremost on rearing the lawyers, journalists and politicians who allow it to thrive.[Czech Republic Věci veřejné energy]

Glossary of difficult words

to flesh something out - to add more details to something that exists only in a draft or outline form;

Mittelstand - small and medium-sized enterprises often credited with Germany's strong growth in the past;

electrostate - (our term) a country in which government and industrial policy is guided by the interests of the electricity industry;

to rear - to bring up and care for (a child) until it is fully grown;

to thrive - to prosper, flourish.


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