Social Watch slams Czech government policy

In its 2012 report on the Czech Republic Social Watch, an international network of citizens’ organizations, has criticized the government’s austerity measures and what it calls unremitting corruption. The report says the centre-right government is sticking to the implementation of a neo-liberal policy which undermines social well-being and undercuts economic growth. It says the country faces threats such as the impoverishment of middle-class and low-income groups, increasing unemployment and gender inequality. The report claims that less attention is being paid to pressing environmental problems and improving conditions for immigrants.