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Soukup, Ondřej

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Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | 21/02/2013

Bulgaria's underlying problem is corruption

The Czech Republic is indirectly involved in Bulgaria's government crisis since the protests of tens of thousands of Bulgarians are also directed against the price policy of the Prague energy group ČEZ. But for the liberal daily Hospodářské noviny widespread corruption is the real root of the crisis: "After four years in office the government can boast a few victories, but it didn't solve the main problem, namely rampant corruption. Corruption is the reason why so few foreign investors come here, why growth is so minimal and the country still isn't part of the Schengen zone. Together with Romania the country is still under the guardianship of the EU. … The control mechanism from Brussels was originally introduced for five years. But last year an extension was already agreed. The latest EU Commission assessment from last July wasn't exactly encouraging. It testified to Bulgaria having a unique level of organised crime in the EU, which has a major influence on the entire Bulgarian economy."

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | 09/05/2012

Ukraine completely isolated

Ukraine on Wednesday postponed the planned summit meeting of leaders from Central and Eastern Europe for an indefinite period of time. The official reason given was that a string of heads of state were unable to attend. But the truth is that they cancelled in protest at the treatment of Yulia Tymoshenko, the business paper Hospodárske noviny comments: "Now everyone can see how President Viktor Yanukovich has isolated himself on the international stage. Efforts to persuade Ukrainians that this isn't true are taking on comical proportions. When Yanukovich and US President Obama met for four minutes in South Korea in March, a Kiev newspaper splashed the photo across its front page with the comment that Yanukovich is once more playing a dominant role among heads of state. Most Ukrainians could only laugh at that."

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | 09/02/2011

Expulsion reminiscent of the Cold War

Russia has expelled Luke Harding, the correspondent for the British newspaper The Guardian, despite his having a valid visa. Although there was no official explanation, Harding has repeatedly been critical in his reporting on the country. The business paper Hospodářské noviny is reminded of the Cold War: "Harding wrote about things that put fear in the hearts of most Moscow correspondents. In Dagestan he spoke with the family of a Moscow Metro assailant. But unwritten laws say that if you don't want trouble you should go no farther than Chechnya and if at all then write about the successes of Moscow's government there. ... Harding wrote a series of articles in which he called Russia a 'corrupt, autocratic cleptocracy'. Now he's the first British journalist to be expelled by the country since the end of the Cold War."

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | 15/01/2010

Not much progress in Ukraine

Little has changed since the last presidential elections in Ukraine, the business paper Hospodářské Noviny writes: "In 2004 the euphoria over the victorious tandem Viktor Yushchenko and Yulia Tymoshenko lasted only a couple of months. Very soon it became apparent that a large part of the victorious camp was not in a position to change the rules in Ukraine. The seats in its parliament remained above all an instrument for procuring immunity and furthering one's own business interests. ... But it wouldn't be fair to list only the negative aspects. In comparison to 2004 the media inform freely about the candidates and people really do have a choice."

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