Senate to vote on church property restitution

The Czech Senate is on Wednesday set to vote on the controversial church property restitution bill. The upper house, controlled by the opposition Social Democrats and Communists, is likely to reject the bill. The draft legislation, prepared by the government, would give the Czech Catholic Church and other religious groups some 135 billion crowns worth of property, most of it as financial compensation. Prime Minister Petr Nečas on Wednesday expressed confidence that coalition MPs will overturn a possible Senate veto of the bill when it returns to the lower house.

Author: Jan Richter