Czech press survey - May 7


07.05.2014 07:42

Prague - One fifth of the Czech military is functioning only in theory, which may be a problem during the security crisis related to the developments in Ukraine, Alexandr Mitrofanov says in daily Pravo today.


Ministr školství Marcel Chládek vystoupil 14. února v Praze na tiskové konferenci po jednání s rektory vysokých škol o obsazení funkce náměstka ministra pro vysoké školy. ČTK Krumphanzl Michal

Mitrofanov notes that the Czech army has 21,000 soldiers, although the Defence Ministry concluded that the country needs 26,000 of them.

After the 1989 Velvet Revolution and especially after the 1999 NATO entry, Czechs felt that NATO would defend their country. However, these concerns were merely theoretical because the potential enemy disappeared - apart from terrorism, which the army is unable to fight, Mitrofanov writes.

He says the enemy is back again and NATO wants Czechs to give more money to defence, in accordance with the promises their country has made.

Times are changing, nirvana is ending, Mitrofanov says.

World War Two had begun with operations similar to those in Ukraine and Russia: manoeuvres in foreign uniforms, instigation and saboteur actions, Ludek Navara writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) in connection with the present celebrations of Victory Day.

The vocabulary of the Kremlin is noteworthy, too - provocation, war against one´s own people, the Ukrainian junta, Navara says.

He writes that this vocabulary reminds of Adolf Hitler´s propaganda.

The anger of Hitler, Stalin, Brezhnev or, at present, Putin wants to howl down the feeble calls for help that those to whom they are addressed maybe do not want to hear, Navara writes.

He says World War Two started also due to the disappointment of many Germans by the results of World War One.

Navara says the Russians may be disappointed by the results of the Cold War in a similar way.

Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) that the Czech Republic remains one of the countries with the heaviest bureaucratic burden, which worsens the economy´s competitiveness and creates a barrier between the state and the citizens.

Fight against bureaucracy has a long tradition in Czech public administration, Honzejk says, referring to fights against bureaucracy declared by former governments.

The most apparent result of this fight are heaps of documents stored on the website of the Interior Ministry, possibly for commemorative reasons, Honzejk writes.

Education Minister Marcel Chladek (Social Democrats, CSSD) has no long-term concept, no vision, and the dozens of idea that he has been presenting only prove it, Martin Zverina writes in Lidove noviny (LN).

He says most of Chladek´s ideas, such as to check what students eat, how they brush their teeth and how many time they spend by physical activities, seem ridiculous in the first place.

But the idea that home schooling for children over ten, or more precisely for those who attend the fifth or higher grade of the primary school, should be banned is bad, Zverina writes.

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