Czech press survey - May 30


30.05.2014 08:07

Prague - Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski is a natural candidate for the post of head of the European diplomacy, Petr Pesek writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today.


Polský ministr zahraničí Radoslaw Sikorski. ČTK/AP Jens Meyer

After the bizarre former far-left activist Catherine Ashton, Sikorski would mean a pleasant change, Pesek writes.

Thanks to his ministerial career, he may be expected to have a bigger weight and thanks to his personal character, also more resoluteness, he adds.

On the other hand, one cannot expect Sikorski to make wonders, Pesek writes.

In fact, the post of head of the European diplomacy is defined rather as a coordinator and spokesman of individual ministers, he adds.

For Czechs, Sikorski's appointment would not be bad news because Polish interests agree with theirs, though not in everything, Pesek writes.

Sikorski's candidature will certainly encounter some opposition, unlike that of Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, a man of consensus. Nevertheless, the "natural candidature" is worth an attempt, he adds.

The Euroasian "pseudo-union" is a Russian way to nowhere, Lubos Palata writes about Russia's having established the Eurasian Economic Union along with Belarus and Kazakhstan in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

If one does not take into account the power ambitions of the Russian leader, President Vladimir Putin, who has never stopped crying over the demise of the former Soviet Union, the Eurasian Economic Union is nothing but an imperfect customs union that does not make any real economic sense, Palata writes.

Putin is wrong when thinking that the renewal of the Soviet Union in its entirety would help anything. Without its European satellites, a new Soviet Union would be but a shadow of the former super power, that was just a colossus on clay feet, anyway, he adds.

In addition, Putin should be told that without the U.S. arms and deliveries, Stalin would never have defeated Hitler. Without Europe, Putin will be the loser, Palata writes.

The Free Citizens Party (SSO) is returning to an ideological focus, due to which it attracts idealists and dogmatists for whom politics is a struggle for values rather than an effort to manage well the state, Petr Fischer writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

One of the analytical conclusions says that the SSO, that unexpectedly scored a success in the recent European elections, is successfully filling the space of liberal policy that has been vacant in the Czech Republic for a long time, Fischer writes.

As a liberal alternative, the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) has lost confidence, while the Greens are considered extremist and new parties, such as LES, have not had the time to convince the public that they do have some weight, he adds.

This is why liberals, especially the young, enthusiastic, rather foolish idealists, tend to adhere to the SSO, though its programme sometimes sounds rather extremist, Fischer writes.

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