published: 02.04.2013, 07:11 | updated: 02.04.2013 07:44:44
Prague - Zeman's Slovak blunder, Daniel Anyz writes in Hospodarske noviny, commenting on Czech President Milos Zeman's proposal that Livia Klausova, wife of former president Vaclav Klaus, should be appointed ambassador to Slovakia.
If really chosen, Klausova would become the first person selected "politically" for Bratislava since the split of Czechoslovakia, Anyz writes.
She would not be a career diplomat with experience in diplomacy and possibly also in practical politics, he adds.
Political nominations are not unusual and not exceptional even in the Czech Republic, Anyz writes.
However, in the practical life, they are a signal that the Czech Republic does not lay any major emphasis on the posts filled in a political manner, he adds.
Klausova's nomination would be a mistake, a brutal interference of the Czech domestic politics and Zeman's methods in the affairs of another country, Anyz writes.
Zeman cynically capitalises on the nomination relating to "our closest neighbour," he adds.
He would be hardly able to explain to Germans or Hungarians that Klausova will be an excellent ambassador, Anyz writes.
The idea that Klausova's ethnic origin is a special recommendation for the post of Slovak ambassador is wrong, Martin Weiss writes in Lidove noviny.
In diplomacy, the reverse is true. In it, diplomats are not sent "to their second home country" in order to prevent the question of whether they will have bigger understanding for it than for the first, Weiss writes.
Why should just Klausova be appointed? he asks.
Should dynastical elements be parts of the presidential post as reshaped by Zeman? Weiss asks.
The spouses of ending politicians have not been placed in senior posts. Or should it be another show of Zeman's well-known thirst for revenge? Weiss writes.
Does Zeman find any pleasure in forcing Foreign Minister Karel Schwrazenberg to appoint the woman who evidently does not respect him and who spoke with disgust about his wife in the recent presidential campaign to appoint her? Weiss asks.
Should embassies be used as rewards? Lukas Jelinek asks rhetorically in Pravo, also commenting on the proposal that Livia Klausova should be appointed the Czech ambassador to Bratislava.
Klausova may be an educated woman, but she has never held any official state or diplomatic post, Jelinek writes.
All she has is the glamour of the former First Lady, he adds.
Besides, she comes from Slovakia, Jelinek writes.
Why should career diplomats be trained if the most important posts are to be given to the individuals such as politicians, individuals, friends of the friends with the best connections? he asks.
With his nomination, Zeman is uselessly preparing the reputation of an autocrat for himself. When unveiling his proposals of constitutional judges, he was applauded for the careful selection.
Why does he not behave in the same way when deciding on future ambassadors? Jelinek concludes.
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