Czech press survey - August 18


18.08.2014 07:52

Prague - Europe has shot itself in its leg, Milos Balaban writes in Pravo today, commenting on the impact of its sanctions on Russia.


Ilustrační foto - Proruští rebelové v ulicích východoukrajinského města Krasnodonu. ČTK/AP Sergei Grits

One has to ask the question of whether the sanction war has helped to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, Balaban writes.

In the situation, in which there are 2,000 casualties, tank and artillery battles in the middle of the towns with hundreds of thousands of civilians, a humanitarian disaster and the prospect of a protracted conflict, the answer must be no, he adds.

Now the opposing parties should sit down at the negotiating table, not wasting time in the dispute over the humanitarian convoys from Moscow and Kiev and on the endless discussions about the causes and effects of the conflict, Balaban writes.

The EU must be aware of the fact that the escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the danger of social unrest due to a recession and perhaps a discontinuation of gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine would be a big political, economic and security burden, he adds.

It does not occur to most Czechs that they should face a mass state propaganda as in Russia where the LGBTs are described as a product of the hell used by the West to disintegrate its traditional values and destroy the nation, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes about the weekend Gay Pride march.

Every year, the Prague Pride is attended by many homosexuals who want to show that they would like to live in a variegated society in which no one is denied the right to be different, Mitrofanov writes.

It should be stressed that according to a June poll, 58 percent of Czechs are for gays and lesbians adopting a child, which is now forbidden to registered partners, he adds.

The politicians who gave a go-ahead to the civil service bill, will have to fight themselves with President Milos Zeman to have it finally passed, Jiri Kubik writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD), commenting on Zeman's having said he would veto the bill as it includes the post of "political" deputies.

Both leftist and rightist ministers share the interest in having the legislation passed, Kubik writes.

Actually, there is no minister who would not have installed his own closest aide in the office, he adds.

Zeman's crusade against political good-for-nothings is rather hypocritical, Kubik writes.

When running for the president, he used to say that he will only take along with him a secretary and a driver, he adds.

However, he employed lots of senior officials of the unsuccessful Party of Citizens' Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ) in the Presidential Office, Kubik writes.

In fact, if there are talks off -the-record, perhaps Zeman, too, will acknowledge that it makes no sense to veto the bill backed by 150 deputies who may easily outvote it, he adds.

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