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Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 28/01/2013

Anti-German sentiment always works

The outgoing Czech President Václav Klaus played a key role in helping the former left-wing prime minister Miloš Zeman beat the conservative Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg by making populist use of Schwarzenberg's criticism of the Beneš decrees, the conservative daily Lidové noviny concludes: "Klaus knows the Czechs inside out. Distrust of foreigners, and particularly anti-German sentiment, function as well as the nerve in a bad tooth. The spectre of the Beneš decrees and linking a non-existent Sudeten German problem with the office of president and the Treaty of Lisbon in any way at all will never fail to have the desired effect. Of course, anyone can play the general after the battle. Karel Schwarzenberg's team should have been aware of the danger. It should have dissuaded him from saying in a debate that from today's perspective Beneš would belong before a tribunal in The Hague. Perhaps the election would still have had the same outcome, but not with such a clear victory for Zeman."

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 21/01/2011

Ondřej Neff on unasked questions in the Czech Republic

The Czech radio dedicated all day on Wednesday to discussing the crimes committed by Czechs against Germans after World War II. No doubt this does much to fill the blanks in public discourse on the subject, the journalist and writer Ondřej Neff writes in the conservative daily Lidové noviny, adding: "Nevertheless the most fundamental questions are not being asked, including whether we are happy that the Germans are gone, regardless of whether we hypocritically speak of deportation or in clearer terms of expulsion. Since 1945 Germans have no longer comprised a significant part of our society. Do we miss them? Are we capable of asking if in driving them out we didn't in fact deprive ourselves of values, impulses and stimuli? I have no clear answer. I'm just stating in a sobre fashion that we don't ask these questions, that they're not on the agenda. Who knows if we're capable of talking about them at all?"

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