Czech press survey - August 14


14.08.2014 07:35

Prague - Alexandr Mitrofanov praises Agriculture Minister Marian Jurecka (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) in daily Pravo today for strongly criticising how scared Czechs are of the impact of Russian sanctions.


Ministr zemědělství Marián Jurečka. ČTK Peřina Luděk

Jurecka said he was glad that Czechs in the first half of the 20th century had not been so scared, probably referring to the establishment of independent Czechoslovakia and resistance to the Nazi occupation.

Jurecka knows well how the sanctions would affect Czech firms. He said the negative impact would amount to 200 million crowns this year, Mitrofanov writes.

He notes that Jurecka called on people to buy Czech food and said Russia must not violate freedom and democracy.

The whole government of the Social Democrats (CSSD), ANO and the Christian Democrats should act in the same manner as Jurecka, Mitrofanov writes.

The Russian humanitarian aid convoy for Ukraine seems mysterious and threatening, causing fears of provocation of a vanguard of a Russian military intervention, but it will be victory of the Kremlin propaganda unless something unexpected happens, Petr Pesek writes in Lidove noviny (LN).

If Ukraine does not let the humanitarian convoy on its territory, Vladimir Putin will have yet another argument about "the bad fascists in Kiev," Pesek writes.

If the aid is moved from Russian trucks to Ukrainian vehicles at the border, Putin will have an image of an altruist and humanitarian - no matter that he sent soldiers and arms before, Pesek writes.

If the Russian convoy arrives in the separatist regions, it will be even better - he will clearly show that he takes care of "his people" in Ukraine, he says.

Businessman Andrej Babis (ANO) was highly critical of the state budget before he joined the government, but as finance minister he promised further 16 billion crowns to ministers, arguing that more money would be collected in taxes and the economy would grow, David Klimes writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

Babis said before he entered top politics it seems very odd that the Czech state budget has a deficit of over 100 billion crowns every year and the government presents it as a success, Klimes writes.

But as finance minister Babis acts like his predecessors, he says.

Babis should negotiate about the next year´s budget with other ministers far more strictly, Klimes writes.

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