ANO say church restitution must be amended

Church restitution needs to be amended, according to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš of ANO. Speaking on Wednesday, he said that was why his government was backing a Communist Party proposal to tax financial compensation for assets that were not returned to churches under a divisive restitution bill. Mr. Babiš said the financial compensation had been overinflated and approved in the lower house in strange circumstances.

The Communists have made taxing the financial compensation to churches a condition for supporting or tolerating an ANO minority government.

The leader of the Christian Democrats, Pavel Bělobrádek, said taxing the compensation would be to deny the rule of law.