Prague - Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralak (Social Democrats, CSSD) "is ingratiating himself with Chinese comrades," though his approach will most likely not boost bilateral trade, Teodor Marjanovic writes in daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.
Ilustrační foto - Český ministr zahraničí Lubomír Zaorálek hovoří s novináři 14. dubna v Lucemburku při příchodu na jednání šéfů diplomacií EU. ČTK Dospiva Jakub
He says a country of a minor global importance, such as the Czech Republic, cannot have too strong diplomatic ambitions, but on the other hand, it cannot give them up completely either.
Czech diplomacy has traditionally focused on the protection of human rights, in particular in Cuba, Burma as well as China and it has kept this firm course, with some slight deviations, for 25 years, Marjanovic recalls.
However, this position has started changing with Zaoralek, who pays a visit to China these days.
Zaoralek claims that Czechs have to adapt to West European countries, he may mean those that do not waste time with morals, Marjanovic notes.
"Zaoralek is thereby not only trampling on imminent ethical dimensions of the whole matter but he is also destroying one of the priorities of which our country could be proud," Marjanovic points out.
In addition, he says, Zaoralek is not even trying to prove that his cynical stance would strengthen Chines generosity and kick off the Czech economy.
"Is it not rather true that the Chinese would trade with us even if we elected the Dalai Lama president?" he concludes in MfD.
The disclosure of one potentially dangerous Islamic book inciting hatred, which provoked a police raid in the Prague Muslim community last week, has brought more negative than positive aspects, Zbynek Petracek writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today.
The negative prevails - from the demonstration of police force in an Islamic house of prayer to the Monday complaint by the Indonesian Embassy submitted to the Foreign Ministry, Petracek writes.
If terrorists, explosives or other weapons had been hidden in the mosque, a quick police action would have been substantiated and no one would have insisted on a strict observance of the rules. However, a distribution of books can hardly justify such a harsh crackdown on Muslims during the Friday prayer, Petracek notes.
Czech policemen "were behaving like a bull in a china shop." How comes that the police did not have basic information on the problem they consider highly risky? Petracek asks in conclusion.
Petr Pesek writes elsewhere in Lidove noviny (LN) that further sanctions that the West has imposed against Russian firms and representatives in reaction to Moscow´s steps in Ukraine are nothing but a symptom of helplessness.
Russia has not given up Crimea and the situation in eastern Ukraine is turning into a civil war, Pesek says.
He asks what will follow after the tightened sanctions against Russia.
The utmost possible solution seems to be the deployment of international forces in Ukraine, even with a Russian participation, Pesek writes.
It is not an ideal solution, but the West is not able to push out Russian influence and presence from the region. This is why it is better to have Russian troops within international forces in eastern Ukraine than in the form of hidden commandos or their own "peacekeeping corps," Pesek writes in conclusion.