Czech press survey - March 20


20.03.2014 08:46

Prague - Will the European Union be able of adopting really palpable measures in relation to Russia at its summit in Brussels today after President Vladimir Putin ridiculed the steps approved at the beginning of the week? Daniel Anyz asks in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN).


Útok na štáb ukrajinské flotily v Sevastopolu, který napadl dav proruských demonstrantů. ČTK/AP Andrew Lubimov

The EU fears that retaliatory measures will badly impact on it, but it can lose much more in the future, Anyz writes.

He writes that the future may prove Putin is right when saying the western values are decadent and empty.

The EU cannot speak about a fundamental breach of international law and do nothing at the same time, Anyz writes.

Elsewhere in Hospodarske noviny (HN), Petr Honzejk writes that Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) is pressed from two sides in connection with the Ukraine-Russia developments.

On the one side he is pressed by business because the Czech Republic exports goods worth 116 billion crowns to Russia annually, which is the third largest market of Skoda Auto car-maker, Honzejk writes.

Sobotka also feels pressure from his own political party. It is beyond doubt that a part of voters of the left would not mind at all if the Czech Republic somewhat changed its current western orientation, Honzejk writes.

He writes that Sobotka must play a moderate game and that not even a more able player would attain more with the cards Sobotka has at his disposal.

The Czech Republic need not be an anti-Russian hawk in the European Union. It can be opposed to economic sanctions against Russia, but at the same time it should be one of the countries, which will quickly think about a system of not only energy, but comprehensive economic security, Honzejk writes.

This means that the Czech moderation should not go too far where Putin could interpret it as a weakness because beasts of prey attack the weakest pieces in the herd, Honzejk writes.

Peter Gabal writes in Lidove noviny (LN) that Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico attacks his rival in the forthcoming direct presidential run-off vote, businessman Andrej Kiska, in order to provoke people´s fear of the unknown and to repeat that on the contrary, all know him.

This is true, and particularly this may be the reason why a half of the voters will not cast their votes particularly for him, Gabal writes.

He writes that precisely Fico is the Mr. Nobody, a man without any vision, who devotes all his political energy to gaining, extending and firming his power, without probably having any idea of what to do with it.

Fico is leading his country nowhere, he is only moving within the vicious circle of unfulfilled socio-populist promises, occasional nationalist, anti-Romany rhetoric and pragmatic alliances with powerful financial groups, Gabal writes.

($1=19.734 crowns)


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