Czech press survey - June 9


09.06.2014 07:22

Prague - The fear of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) that sanctions on Russia would hit ordinary people by unemployment and lower living standards is comprehensible, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo today.


Ilustrační foto - Předseda vlády a ČSSD Bohuslav Sobotka odevzdal 23. května ve Slavkově u Brna svůj hlas ve volbách do Evropského parlamentu. ČTK Šálek Václav

However, he should add that he is not only acting on behalf of these people, but also of Czech businesspeople who are solely interested in the Russian market for the sake of their profits, Mitrofanov writes.

Sobotka's argument that Russia's further isolation would only support its authoritarian tendencies and its hostile attitude to the West is not convincing, he adds.

Sobotka does not seem to have been warned that isolation from the West and a transition to the role of China's supplier of raw materials is a general political line of the Russian regime, Mitrofanov writes.

Dependence on Russia is dangerous, Martin Jahn, president of the Automotive Industry Association, writes in the financial paper Hospodarske noviny (HN).

The win-win principle is something unknown in Russia as it only acts from the position of force, not looking rationally at later wins or losses, Jahn writes.

"Winning at all costs" is the Soviet style that has not changed until now, he adds.

For Europe and Russia, the current situation cannot end on the win-win basis and it will not be a "zero sum game" either, Jahn writes.

The outcome will be a "lose-lose," with the only question being of who will be the bigger loser, he adds.

Both in politics and business, there is one general rule. Those who want to efficiently negotiate with Russia and to build long-standing relations with it, must not be unilaterally dependent on it, Jahn writes.

The Czech right has been in the doldrums since the crushing suicide of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), Karel Steigerwald writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

The ODS is not falling down. Rather, it does not seem to exist any longer, Steigerwald writes.

It is no wonder that the Czech right is in a decline. It has exposed itself voluntarily to such a public humiliation that the general public will not forget it for a long time, Steigerwald writes.

The humiliation is so big that it has eclipsed the credentials of the former centre-right coalition headed by Petr Necas (ODS) and the fact that the governing Social Democrats are not tainted with corruption less than the ODS, he adds.

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