Prague - An education minister, whose doctoral thesis does not even reach the level of a Bachelor´s work, can be an authority for teachers or students, Martin Zverina writes about Czech minister Marcel Chladek (Social Democrats, CSSD) in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.
But he is not alone who easily gained their titles, Zverina writes.
He mentions the secret doctoral thesis, for which Michal Hasek, former CSSD first deputy chairman, was granted the title in Sladkovicovo, west Slovakia, where he "studied," and former prime minister Stanislav Gross (CSSD) and the doctor´s degree he was granted at the notorious Faculty of Law of West Bohemia University in Plzen.
The list of politicians with dubious education would be long. The slogan reads: get a diploma at any cost, Zverina writes.
He writes that this may result in that the university degree will lose any value, or the decent and uncorrupted teachers and professors will rise against this practice and will push through a law that will check the degrees granted, Zverina writes.
Neither Brussels nor Washington has political will to launch an action that would stop Russian President Vladimir Putin, who will take everything he will be able to, Daniel Anyz writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN).
U.S. printed media are full of texts blaming the European Union for being weak and disunited on Putin´s Russia and that particular countries are watching and pushing through their own interests at the cost of a joint policy, Anyz writes.
U.S. President Barack Obama did speak about Ukraine during his April visit to Brussels, but at home, in relation to Americans, he has made no "Ukrainian" speech, Anyz writes.
The U.S. sanctions against Russia have been harder than the EU´s measured by the fact that U.S. firms do not have so many assets in Russia like Germany, for instance, but this has been about all what the White House has done, Anyz writes.
In Pravo, Milos Balaban refers to the Austrian Foreign Ministry´s six-point plan of how Ukraine could gain a neutral status similar to Austria´s of 1955.
It proposes guarantees of Ukraine´s neutrality by Russia, the EU and the United States, Ukraine´s commitment not to join any military block and the pledge to protect human rights and minorities, Balaban writes.
He writes that interestingly, the interpretation of the six-point plan by Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz at a conference on the 10th anniversary of the EU´s enlargement, also contained criticism of the concept of the Eastern Partnership.
Kurz said the project creates an undesirable antagonism to Russia and it has generated an internal tension in other countries - Georgia and Moldova - as well, Balaban writes.
He writes that Austrian diplomacy deserves recognition for its courage to table proposals that do not threaten with weapons and sanctions, and for a feedback on the contradictory eastern policy of the European Union, even though they will not probably unfortunately have any impact on the Ukraine conflict.