Czech press survey - July 31


31.07.2014 09:43

Prague - The U.S. and European sanctions against Vladimir Putin moved the world 25 years back, into a similar situation to the cold war struggle of the West and the Soviet Union, Martin Ehl writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.


Ilustrační foto - Předseda pražské ČSSD Petr Hulinský vystoupil 22. listopadu v Praze na tiskové konferenci k aktuální situaci v koalici na pražské radnici. ČTK ČTK

It is hard to build a new Iron Curtain in the time of Facebook, Twitter and satellites, Ehl writes.

The West has a technological predominance in the information war, but it is vulnerable due to a media crisis and crisis of political leadership, Ehl writes.

A new cold war has probably come, with the defence of principles and values on one side and geopolitical calculations and strive for power on the other side, he writes.

The key difference from the situations in 1938 and 1948 is that the Czech Republic and Central Europe in general is now free to decide itself which side it wants to choose, Ehl writes.

Czech President Milos Zeman made Petr Hulinsky his new aide, which will give his attempts at dividing and controlling the Social Democratic Party (CSSD) from the backstage new energy, Rostislav Matulik writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

Former CSSD Prague branch head Hulinsky is a politician with a rather bad reputation and Zeman probably admires his tactical abilities, Matulik writes.

He says the choice of Hulinsky also indicates that Zeman found replacement for regional governor Michal Hasek who had been his favourite in the CSSD.

Supported by Zeman, Hasek tried to oust CSSD leader Bohuslav Sobotka shortly after the general election last autumn, but he failed. Sobotka is prime minister, while Hasek had to give up the post of the party´s first deputy chairman and his helpers had to leave the CSSD narrow leadership.

It is noteworthy that Zeman has chosen Hulinsky also because Hulinsky is not liked by Zeman´s other allies, ANO leader and Finance Minister Andrej Babis and deputy head of the failed Zemanists party (SPOZ, now SPO) Martin Nejedly who is the most powerful figure around Zeman in the Presidential Office, Matulik writes.

Lukas Jelinek writes in Pravo that Andrej Babis seems helpless in his personnel policy, which is the most evident in his repeated failures to find ANO Prague leader for the autumn municipal elections.

Those who were trained in Babis´s Agrofert holding, obey and have a future, Jelinek writes.

It is interesting that ANO deputy heads left their posts in late 2013. Only Vera Jourova maintained her position and she is no going to leave for Brussels as the Czech European commissioner, Jelinek writes.

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