Today, the Czech Republic has taken over the presidency of the European Union, which, like the previous presidency of France, is entering with visions, but the topic is predetermined – it is Ukraine. The German media are useful. They also notice that the motto is Europe as a task and that the Czechia took over this slogan from a speech by the last Czechoslovak and first Czech president, Václav Havel. The DPA agency noted that, in addition to the crisis in Ukraine, the Czech presidency was also overshadowed by the domestic political affair in the Dosimeter case.
“The Ukrainian war is raging on the doorstep, fears of gas supply are growing and prices are best suited in the last few decades,” the DPA wrote about the situation in which the Czechia is taking over the leadership of the Union.
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“President Emmanuel Macron has launched the French Presidency of the EU with spectacular visions of the future. But since the war in Ukraine, everything has been overshadowed by the present, “said ZDF television. “The Czech Republic is now taking over the EU presidency. There is hardly any time left for a vision during the war in the middle of Europe. The second half of the year will thus continue to determine the present, “she added.
“Prague is aware of the extent to which its leadership of the European Union is conditioned by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and its effects on the European Union and the world,” Deutsche Welle (DW) said.
According to the Badische Zeit crisis, the current crisis has shown that the main problem of the European Union’s ability to act is the need for unanimous decisions on fiscal and foreign policy issues. Recently, there has been talk in the EU of a change that would expand the possibility of majority voting instead of unanimity. The daily does not think that the Czechia will make progress in this matter.
“If a strong member state like France cannot exert sufficient pressure on these points, the small Czech Republic will certainly not succeed,” said the daily Badische Zeitung. He added that the agenda will still be dominated by Russian aggression in Ukraine. “And when it comes to inflation, soaring commodity prices and the impending recession, the Czech Republic is still not part of the eurozone, so it is not represented in the circle of powerful countries paying in euros,” he added.
The DPA noted that unpleasant memories are being remembered of the first Czech presidency in 2009. “In the middle of the presidency, the government of the conservative Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek fell, expressing distrust,” the agency recalled, according to which it is now overshadowed right at the beginning of the second Czech presidency.
“A party colleague (Interior Minister Vít) of the Austrian is at the center of the affair with dubious orders from the Prague transport company,” said the DPA. She added that the case caused sharp internal political turbulence, due to which the Minister of Education Petr Gazdík resigned, as he was in close contact with one of the suspects.