Czech press survey - March 13


13.03.2014 07:49

Prague - The developments in Ukraine is changing some Czech priorities and even though the Russian army will not occupy the Czech Republic, energy security gains new importance, Zbynek Petracek writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.


Členové pozorovatelské mise Organizace pro bezpečnost a spolupráci v Evropě (OBSE) v ukrajinském Doněcku. ČTK/AP Sergei Grits

Last year, the Social Democrats (CSSD) and Public Affairs (VV) worked out a bill on the ban on analysing of Czech shale gas supplies, Petracek points out.

He says shale gas is unpopular among the population also because of the hydraulic fracturing process as the hydraulic technology was used in the country for uranium mining under the communist regime.

The Czech Republic is not Dakota or Poland and shale gas mining may be unrealistic on its territory, but it is short-sighted to ban even an analysis of shale gas mining, Petracek writes.

The Czech celebration of 15 years in NATO may seem successful, with the latest poll showing high support to the country´s membership of NATO and the cabinet deciding on the extension of the lease of Gripen fighters, yet reality is far from good, Daniel Anyz says in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

The Czech Republic gives 1.07 percent of its GDP to the military, or less than most NATO member countries, Anyz notes.

Moreover, the relative number of soldiers is very low and most of the defence budget is spent on operational costs and only 10 percent goes to investment, Anyz writes.

He says the country is among the NATO members who gain from the joint defence rather than contribute to it.

Unfortunately, this situation is likely to remain unchanged under the centre-left government of Bohuslav Sobotka (CSSD), Anyz concludes.

Many Czechs believe that they would have to pay for poor Ukrainians same as they pay for poor Greeks, but this is not true, Jan Keller says in Pravo.

Poor Ukrainians will very probably have no immediate profit from the loans that their government will receive, Keller writes.

He says most money flowing to Ukraine from Europe will presumably be used to satisfy the demands of mostly foreign creditors, like in Greece.

Ukraine issued high volumes of state bonds under toppled president Viktor Yanukovych as well as under his predecessors, Keller writes.

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