Prague - The United States must have a contradictory impression of the Czech sense of alliance, Zbynek Petracek writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN), reacting to Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka´s having said that the Czech Republic does not need U.S. presence on its territory at the moment.
When President Barack Obama scrapped anti-missile defence in Central Europe five years ago, Czechs viewed him almost as a traitor, Petracek writes.
When he is offering direct military guarantees now, he can hear that the Czechs do not need them. This is pronounced by a statesman who says A without adding B. What is Sobotka´s plan B? Petracek asks.
Will the Czechs raise their military budget like the Poles? Do they have their own idea of security? There is nothing but silence, Petracek writes.
The Czech state without having any ideas is drifting in the vacuum of the policy of more azimuths. It would be strange if Moscow did not draw hope from this for spreading its influence, Petracek writes.
The idea to have a monument to the Czech wartime RAF pilots is good, but its final form should be chosen in a competition and the monument should be placed in an appropriate place, Petr Zidek writes elsewhere in LN.
The Prague Klarov neighbourhood, where a monstrous monument to the second resistance has been standing for eight years, is not by far such an appropriate place, Zidek writes.
Why is a monument to pilots be placed at any cost in the city centre, overfilled with monuments. It would be better to erect it somewhere close to the Ruzyne or Kbely airports, Zidek writes.
He writes that the artistic shape of the monument is entirely disastrous, but no one criticises it, probably in consistence with the slogan "don´t look a gift horse in the mouth."
Zidek writes that the final form of the monument has been created by the British large-scale producer of kitschy sculptures, Colin Spofforth.
When big money is at stake where political mistakes are made, the first to uncover this is usually the finance minister. However, what Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) considers a mistake, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) sees as a social achievement for people, Jana Bendova writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
He is commenting on Babis´s statement yesterday that the abolition of the hospital fees and the planned abolition of the second pension pillar are mistakes and the introduction of a third, low VAT rate is not the best idea either.
Babis will not politically pay for having admitted mistakes for the time being, and some voters may even consider such an admission sympathetic, for the time being at least, Bendova writes.
Where the deputy prime minister (Babis) doubts the government´s programme, while the prime minister sticks to it, no bright future lies ahead of the government, Bendova writes.