Czech press survey - April 12


12.04.2014 13:40

Prague - In principle one cannot but agree with President Milos Zeman´s call for Russian expansionism to be halted with resolute or even preventive actions, Petr Pesek writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today.


Prezident Miloš Zeman vystoupil 11. dubna na Pražském hradě na konferenci Česko očima Evropy, Evropa očima Česka, která se uskutečnila k 10. výročí vstupu České republiky do Evropské unie. ČTK Vondrouš Roman

This is so because Moscow must be shown force since its current leadership understands nothing else, but it must be a prudent demonstration of force based on real capabilities, Pesek writes.

However, the armed forces of the NATO member states, the Czech not exluding, are not in the best condition now, Pesek writes.

He writes that an isolated shout may score points for its author, but a concerted pressure is much more effective. Putin may interpret such a shout, if it proves to be a paper tiger, as allowing him to go even further, while a threat may supply him with an alibi to do the same, Pesek writes.

He also mentions Zeman´s "schocking" statement that Crimea actually never belonged to Ukraine, which runs counter to the EU´s common opinion. True, Crimea was Ukrainian for only slightly more than half a century. And what about Alsace? Pesek asks.

Friday was not a fortunate day for the opposition TOP 09, Petr Kambersky writes elsewhere in Lidove noviny (LN).

Its lawmaker Daniel Korte called for Justice Minister Helena Valkova (for ANO) to resign over the dismissal of Prison Service director Petr Dohnal at a meeting of the Chamber of Deputies´ security committee, while at the same time, the party named Jaromir Drabek its shadow minister for European affairs, Kambersky writes.

He writes that voters consider Drabek, former labour and social affairs minister, an embodiment of insensitiveness and the bungled sCard welfare payments project.

Kambersky writes that voters are not interested in that Drabek stole nothing, that he "only" fully and without reservations trusted his deputy Jan Siska, who was behind all the failed deals and collapsing "systems."

Many may be surprised by Czech EU commissioner Stefan Fuele´s statement that the EU should take an accommodating stance on the ambitions of some members of the Eastern Partnership to become EU members, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.

He writes that it cannot be ruled out that the ambitions of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, which Fuele mentioned, may be even unacceptable for many people in the Czech Republic.

Fuele claims that new countries will be admitted under much stricter conditions, Mitrofanov writes and adds that this would be necessary in the EU´s own interest.

The admission of the above countries could add more muscles to the area of the European Union. Nothing else is decisive in the world, in which the current and future generations live and will live, Mitrofanov writes.

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