Czech press survey - April 11


11.04.2014 07:26

Prague - The decision to halt the tender for the completion of the Czech nuclear power plant in Temelin has been a surprise, Petr Honzejk writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.


Ilustrační foto - Jaderná elektrárna Temelín. ČTK Štěrba Martin, Fotobanka ČTK

He writes that nuclear power plants are not economically effective given the current prices and in addition, the Czech Republic exports electricity.

The decision offers scope for thinking about the future. Should Czechs pull down the Horni Jiretin village and base their energy industry primarily on coal? Should they bet on renewable sources like the Germans? Or should they wait and see whether the development of nuclear technologies makes further progress? Honzejk asks.

The government has an opportunity, and actually a duty to show that it knows what to do next, or at least that it is not indifferent to the future, Honzejk writes.

Petr Pesek writes in Lidove noviny (LN) that it would not be prudent to scrap nuclear energy even though it makes sense from the current point of view.

It does not seem that the economy will miraculously revive and there does not seem to be any big hunger for electricity, which are two arguments that were used in defending the completion of Temelin, Pesek writes.

However, the predictions may be wrong in both directions. True, there is enough electricity on the European market, but the price may be a problem, Pesek writes.

However, the situation may change, not to mention strategic threats such as Ukraine, which can affect the whole energy sector, Pesek writes.

The Temelin tender has shown that the Czechs have enough courage to halt mega projects. Let us hope that they would also be able to complete them if they changed their mind after a mature consideration, Pesek writes.

Two key players of Czech foreign policy, President Milos Zeman and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, visibly differ in their attitudes to the Ukrainian developments, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.

Zeman favours a NATO intervention in Ukraine if Russian President Vladimir Putin sends his soldiers there, while Sobotka rules out a NATO military action in a non-member coutnry, Mitrofanov writes.

Even Zeman´s voters could have seen what motives often drive Zeman, that he does not consider politics a search for compromise, but often an instrument with which to vent his negative emotions, Mitrofanov writes.

He writes that from time to time, he has more concentrated periods and one of them is probably underway now. In a series of critical utterances about domestic politicians and organisations, the hawkish demand for a NATO action in Ukraine looks quite naturally.

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