Communists want a referendum on church restitutions

The chairman of the Communist Party, Vojtěch Filip, has said that in the event of a strong left-wing showing in the early general elections his party would push for a referendum on the law on restitution of church property. The law on church restitutions was passed last year by the former centre-right coalition and has been unsuccessfully challenged in court by Social Democratic senators. The Social Democrats, who are also dissatisfied with the scope of the restitution, say they would prefer to reach an amicable agreement with church representatives.