published: 24.02.2014, 07:21 | updated: 24.02.2014 07:39:31
Prague - All Czech papers comment on the situation in Ukraine in which President Viktor Yanukovych was toppled.
Yanukovych was an extreme case, but even former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko can be hardly considered a model of political asceticism, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
The new elections themselves will not resolve the problem, Honzejk writes.
The crucial question is as follows: Does Ukraine have the politicians with readiness and strength to transform the kleptocratic governance into a political system whose degree of corruption is on the European level? he asks.
Europe cannot export them to Ukraine. However, without them, Ukraine will not come closer to Europe, Honzejk writes.
Is the EU ready to invest in the victory of its "allies" in Ukraine so much as Russia in the victory of its own allies?" Matyas Zrno writes in Lidove noviny (LN).
Is the EU ready to lend 15 billion dollars to Ukraine and lower the prices of gas as Russians? he asks.
Is the EU ready and able to adopt a rapid and clear stand? Zrno asks.
Is the EU ready and able to advocate it with insistence? he adds.
After the experience with much smaller Bulgaria and Romania, is the EU really ready and able to accept Ukraine in the foreseeable future? Zrno asks.
Unfortunately, one has to give the answer "No!" to each of the asked questions, he adds.
When looking at the seasoned secret service officer Vladimir Putin on the one hand and the deplorably figure of Baroness Ashton on the other, one can only agree with the view that the EU is nothing but a paper tiger, Zrno writes.
It should be borne in mind Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement that the break-up of the Soviet Union, of which Ukraine was a member, was "the biggest geopolitical disaster of the 20th century," Teodor Marjanovic writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
Now Putin is facing the prospect that the disaster will continue even under his government, which is a humiliating idea for him, Marjanovic writes.
Ukraine may be an independent country, but informally still firmly anchored in the Russian sphere of influence, he adds.
Putin has two alternative solutions with which to prevent the nightmare, Marjanovic writes.
Either he can abandon Yanukovych and concentrate on Tymoshenko winning the elections, he adds.
Perhaps he could make a deal with her to the effect that she would not exaggerate the pro-Western orientation of the country, Marjanovic writes.
However, Putin can also stop manoeuvring. He may prompt the break-up of Ukraine irrespective of heaps of dead bodies because only in this way, he will keep at least one piece of it on the vassal orbit around the Kremlin, he adds.
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