published: 10.10.2012, 00:03 | updated: 10.10.2012 05:41:38
Prague - German Chancellor Angela Merkel had to risk her visit to the lion's den, Robert Schuster writes in Mlada fronta Dnes, analysing her visit to Greece.
There are two possible explanations of her trip and in both of them one can primarily see a symbolical level, Schuster writes.
First, it may be a vital signal for Greece. According to this interpretation, Merkel wanted to make it clear that Germany still has not written off Greeks and it believes that the country will remain a part of the euro zone, he adds.
Second, another signal may be sent to the general public back at home, in Germany, Schuster writes.
Germans have been complaining for a long time that they bear the brunt of all the European rescue packages and various stabilisation mechanisms, he adds.
Whatever the outcome of the developments, Merkel can later say that she herself convinced herself right on the scene about the continuing effort of the Athens government to make the necessary cuts. As a result, nothing can prevent Merkel from sending further means to Greece, Schuster writes.
Merkel's trip to Greece was more important than ever as too much has been destroyed in the two countries's relations over the past two years, he adds.
The majority position of the Greeks who are, on the one hand, against the "austerity dictate," while they refuse to leave the euro zone on the other hand, is understandable from the pragmatic point of view, Daniel Kaiser writes in Lidove noviny.
As long as there is a chance of receiving others' money, they want to keep this chance, Kaiser writes.
However, it is also short-sighted. The economies like the Greek one have no sound prospects in the euro zone, he adds.
Besides, it is rather bizarre to offend beforehand those from whom one demands money as they will be no longer willing to do so, Kaiser writes.
It was a good thing that foreign policy was placed on the agenda of the Obama-Romney presidential duels, Milan Vodicka writes in Lidove noviny.
It would be good if the USA really had some foreign policy after the elections. Perhaps it has some, but one cannot notice any, Vodicka writes.
The U.S. foreign policy is like the Internet, being elusive, about everything and nothing, he adds.
In Obama's foreign policy, one cannot discern what is of vital or minor importance, what it wants, for what it fights and what it ignores, Vodicka writes.
Obama seems to be presaging future as he is evacuating the U.S. positions that he can still hold, he adds.
Perhaps he is not to blame as the world, too, is like the Internet, elusive and uncontrollable, Vodicka writes.
Perhaps, in the first stage it would be sufficient to change the tone. To speak louder, to lead, to return confidence and push for one's own goals, he adds.
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