Prague - The rejection of the late president Vaclav Havel´s Atlanticism is a symptom of a broad shift in Czech foreign policy from the West towards neutrality, Daniel Anyz writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.
Premiér Bohuslav Sobotka (vpravo) uvedl 30. ledna v Praze do úřadu ministra zahraničních věcí Lubomíra Zaorálka (vlevo). ČTK Doležal Michal
He refers to recent statements by supreme Czech representatives, such as PM Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) and Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (CSSD).
The latter signed a statement in Beijing in May, which says the Czech Republic respects the territorial integrity of China and does not support Tibet´s independence.
Sobotka said in connection with the Ukraine-Russia conflict that the Czech Republic does not call for boosting NATO's military presence in Europe.
In other words, Anyz writes, the interests of Moscow and Beijing are of the same importance for the Czech Republic as, for instance, the interests of Warsaw and Washington. Fifteen years after the NATO entry, the Czech Republic is turning from a clear supporter of the Transatlantic community into a neutrality-seeking country.
"As if we have never learnt a lesson," Anyz concludes.
Poison in the mouth of Czech President Milos Zeman may threaten the country´s security, Petr Kambersky writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today about Zeman´s recent words on Islam.
Zeman, commenting on a previous attack in the Jewish Museum in Brussels, said the Islamic ideology was behind similarly motivated violent attacks.
Kambersky writes that Zeman is thereby condemning people only because of their religion.
No one blames Zeman for his strong support to allies, primarily Israel. He may also privately think that Islam threatens the civilisation. However, there is a difference between support to an ally and public insulting of hundreds of millions of people over their faith, Kambersky points out.
The Czech supreme representative threatens not only business interests of his country "by his mouth," but also the safety of its citizens as he is drawing a picture of the Czech Republic as a country of hatred and consequently a potential target of terrorists, Kambersky writes in conclusion.
The case of Jana Nagyova and company, which surfaced a year ago, has only shown that no one is untouchable in this country, not even the prime minister, which was not usual in the past, Miroslav Korecky writes in Mlada fronta Dne (MfD) today.
Nagyova, now Necasova after she married former PM Petr Necas whose office she headed, and other people, including Necas, are accused in a corruption and surveillance scandal, which caused the fall of Necas´s government last June.
However, after a year, the results of the investigation, which was to uncover corrupt practices in Czech politics, are rather vague. It is not clear how the particular lines of the case were interconnected and why the massive police anti-mafia squad´s raid at the Government Office in the night was needed at all, Korecky writes.
He says it is a paradox that it was exactly Necas´s government that enabled an unbelievable emancipation of police and state attorneys from politics, Korecky notes.
They would be strengthened if police chief Robert Slachta and attorney Ivo Istvan, who are behind the investigation, scored a triumph.
Their defeat might, on the contrary, mean the end of the emancipation of Czech police and attorneys, which is not a welcomed result either, Korecky concludes.