Czech press survey - May 20


20.05.2014 07:54

Prague - The campaign before the weekend election to the European Parliament (EP) has not shown what kind of Europe Czech politicians would like, Ondrej Houska writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.


Ilustrační foto - Členové státní volební komise losovali 8. dubna v Praze čísla, kterými budou označeny hlasovací lístky kandidátů v květnových volbách do Evropského parlamentu. ČTK Šimánek Vít

Neither Czech politicians supporting further EU integration nor those opposing it are really interested in it, Houska says.

Only slightly over 20 percent of Czechs show interest in European affairs, he notes, referring to the results of the latest Eurobarometer survey.

Czechs do not discuss how they would like to change the EU and what are the Czech interests in Europe, Houska writes.

He says Czech parties quarrel about the possible euro adoption, which has nothing to do with the European Parliament.

Other parties talk nonsense about the planned free-trade pact between the EU and the USA (TTIP) and all point out that they will fight for the Czech Republic in Brussels and Strasbourg, although they will mostly vote in accordance with their EP groups, Houska writes.

The voters of the right-wing Civic Democrats (ODS) are among the most pro-European Czech citizens, but ODS leaders are reserved and critical of the EU, Petr Pesek writes in Lidove noviny (LN).

This paradox has been well-known, Pesek says.

The ODS petition against euro adoption seems suicidal for the party, especially at a time when its popularity is so low that it has problems to enter parliament, he writes.

The Civic Democrats are not a catch-all party as they were in the first 20 years of their existence, however, Pesek points out.

By its campaign against euro, the ODS aims at the minority that will certainly support it rather than at the uncertain majority, he writes.

Pesek says the relatively high costs of the campaign is the only parameter, in which the ODS is still among the big Czech parties.

It may very well happen that the Civic Democrats will win only one or two seats in the European Parliament, Pesek writes.

It is really absurd to present the EP election leaders of Czech parties as candidates for the European commissioner, yet ANO insists that its election leader Pavel Telicka should get the post if the party wins the European election this weekend, Lukas Jelinek says in Pravo.

The Czech member of the European Commission is proposed by the government and the EP election result should not influence it, Jelinek says.

It is the new EC President and the European Parliament that need to accept the candidate, he adds.

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