Czech press survey - April 30


30.04.2014 07:24

Prague - The Czech Republic, which entered the EU on May 1 ten years ago, faces a difficult task at the start of a new period: to return to the original ethos of 2004 and to be again able of comprehending the Union as a chance first of all, Petr Honzejk writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.


Vlajka Evropské unie. Ilustrační foto. ČTK/AP VADIM GHIRDA

This does not mean to blindly accept everything that comes from Brussels, but on the contrary, to define the national interest and to find allies with whom to be pushing it through, Honzejk writes.

He writes that the Czechs should again realise that EU membership is no horse trading, but a civilisation option, a rope that binds them with the West. The more such ropes are there and the stronger they are, the better, because a period of storms is on the horizon, Honzejk writes.

The current Czech government behaves in relation to China rather like a developing country. This is true of the economic sphere and what is worse, of the foreign political area, too, Daniel Anyz writes elsewhere in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

It is better not to imagine what would follow if China promised the country some investments, Anyz writes.

Michal Mocek writes in Pravo that Czech politics, if it were more flexible, it would not have to use formulations that make a humiliating impression of surrender to Chinese money.

This does not apply to relations with China only. A small country, if it does not want to be ridiculed, would do better if it were pushing through a diplomacy for which it has strength enough, Mocek writes.

He writes that this also includes the comprehension of that it is in its own interest to attain a situation where the European Union as a whole rather than the Czech Republic alone speaks with a firm and strong voice.

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek, currently visiting China, went verbally further than he had to, Petr Pesek writes in Lidove noviny (LN).

He writes that still in Prague, Zaoralek and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (both Social Democrats, CSSD) said they only want to improve relations with China so that they be similar to Britain or France´s, Pesek writes.

If this is so, Zaoralek did not definitely overlook that the British government criticised China for the state of human rights two weeks ago, and interestingly, it did so in Tibet, Pesek writes.

London chose "concern" while Zaoralek was speaking in Beijing on Tuesday about "a broader concept of human rights," Pesek writes.

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