Czech press survey - July 22


22.07.2014 07:36

Prague - "Our skirt in the EU," Miroslav Korecky writes about the nomination of Czech Local Development Minister Vera Jourova (ANO) for a post in the European Commission in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.


Kandidátka české vlády na eurokomisařku a ministryně pro místní rozvoj Věra Jourová z hnutí ANO vystoupila 21. července v Praze na tiskové konferenci. ČTK Krumphanzl Michal

Jourova's ostentatious emphasis on being a woman may be a double-edged weapon, Korecky writes.

The general consciousness of her skirt being the main qualification for the job and of Czechs having delivered her to Brussels on the direct order of future European "prime minister" Jean-Claude Juncker will certainly not strengthen her position in the EU, he adds.

As far as the domestic impact of the nomination is concerned, this is clearly a victory of Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) and another defeat of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD), Korecky writes.

It is no wonder as Sobotka was playing all the time with worse cards: he had a weaker candidate, his Social Democrats filled most top posts after the elections last year and ANO won the European elections, he adds.

Jourova's nomination is not a political compromise in the outward direction, to Brussels, but a compromise for domestic consumption in Prague, Petr Fischer writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

In exchange for Jourova, the Social Democrats gained a consent with some social measures such as an increase in the minimum wage, Fischer writes.

With some malice, the Social Democrats expect Jourova not to succeed in Brussels, he adds.

In addition, ANO has now the feeling that its importance and influence have really crossed the Czech border, Fischer writes.

Jourova's success will also be important for the Czech political scene, he adds.

It may have an impact on her ANO that might finally understand that politics is something different than adroit marketing selling the parallel between the management of a firm and the state, he adds, alluding to the election platform of Babis's ANO.

Cynics may argue that after the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip ends in a week or two, everything will return to the status ante bellum, Teodor Marjanovic writes in Mlada fronta Dnes.

However, one thing has basically changed. Until recently, Hamas's anti-Jewish fanatics were backed by the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt, the only other country neighbouring with the Gaza Strip, Marjanovic writes.

Thanks to this, Hamas could easily acquire heavy weapons and efficient missiles from Syria and Iran, he adds.

But now generals have the main say in Cairo and they are reluctant to be involved in the smuggling cooperation, Marjanovic writes.

A few militants will certainly get out of the ruins and start digging again their work of destruction, he adds.

However, they will lack many things, especially the missiles, Marjanovic writes.

But they will never suffer from any lack of their civilians, he adds.

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