Czech press survey - May 13


13.05.2014 07:42

Prague - The Czech national concept Health 2020, which the Health Ministry has drafted, has a great ambition - to avert up to 80 percent of illnesses, but it is a question of how big the society´s willingness and preparedness to listen to such talk is, Martin Zverina writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.


Rentgenový snímek plic, tuberkulóza - ilustrační foto. ČTK/AP Lefteris Pitarakis

However, medicine has been educating towards what the concept wants to fight, towards indolence, which some have brought to perfection. They only visit their doctor to fetch medicaments like in a supermarket, Zverian writes.

He writes that it is only a questions of time before fat people complain about their doctors because they will feel discrimianted against in their right to pathological obesity, Zverina writes.

What many in Brussels have feared and what many in Moscow have relied on has happened: through Russia´s persistent effort Ukraine continues to disintegrate and the EU´s resolve to take a joint procedure in relation to Russia is falling apart, Daniel Anyz writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN).

The sanctions the EU declared yesterday are but a cosmetic addition to the measures taken in early March, and they do not practically hurt Russia at all, Anyz writes.

He writes that the EU´s declaration that it will take really hard measures if Moscow markedly interferes with the forthcoming presidential election in Ukraine, or if it even marred it, arouses more and more doubts, Anyz writes.

He writes that the EU´s will to take a joint action is frustrated by the trade and economic interests of individual member countries. The EU could again close its ranks only if Moscow made a mistake, Anyz writes.

He writes that President Vladimir Putin, who knows the EU very well, will not most probably do such a mistake, however. As a result, he will most probably get everything he wanted: a disintegrated Ukraine and also two Mistral aircraft carriers from France, which is set to complete the deal, according to diplomatic sources in Paris to which the Reuters news agency referred on Monday.

Czech President Milos Zeman´s wish that the Ukrainian president, who will emerge from the forthcoming election, start negotiating with representatives of the Russian-speaking inhabitants in the eastern parts of the country, indicates a path towards a peaceful solution to the crisis that continues aggravating, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.

After the Sunday incident in Krasnoarmeisk, where unidentified pro-Kiev militants killed two civilians, whether by misfortune, or intentionally, it is time to slow down on both sides, Mitrofanov writes.

Michal Mocek writes elsewhere in Pravo, however, that a seat for the rebels at the negotiating table would be a great diplomatic win for Russia.

Moscow would no longer be the one who must reach agreement with Kiev, and if it failed, it would face further sanctions, Mocek writes.

He writes that it would be in the comfortable role the other powers play. They scorn the other side and are trying to pull the string from the backstage.

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