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Peňás, Jiří

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Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 04/05/2015

Czechs would give their fingers for hockey

The World Ice Hockey Championships opened in the Czech Republic on the weekend with a scare for the host country, when NHL star Jaromír Jágr injured his little finger. The conservative daily Lidové noviny describes the shock that swept the country: "Jaromír Jágr is the Czech Achilles, and his little finger is his heel. The images instilled horror in many of his countrymen. One of the strongest men in the nation is vulnerable, helpless. ... Hockey is simply one of our country's big mysteries. Things are very different with our neighbours: the Germans put in their time simply to keep up appearances, otherwise they would play better. The Austrians are even weaker, and there's no sense wasting our breath on the Poles and Hungarians. ... The French and British can barely handle a hockey stick, but then again, we're not interested in rugby or cricket either. Czechs are proud of their hockey identity. They'd even have their own little finger amputated if that meant Jágr's could be healed."

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 14/04/2015

An icon of German history

Günter Grass was one of the icons of German postwar culture, the conservative daily Lidové noviny writes in praise of the Nobel laureate who died on Monday: "Grass wasn't 'just' a writer. He was also the symbol of the politicised intellectual who represented Germany's postwar democracy: a poser of uncomfortable questions, a civil-minded critic as a matter of principle, a non-conformist and at the same time a friend of politicians like Willy Brandt. Grass was part of German history, complicated and full of contradictions, and like that history he was hard to understand and accept. In was in literature, however, that he made his real mark. Grass was never able to surpass his début novel The Tin Drum. That constellation was simply one of a kind, unrepeatable. But that one book was enough for him to ascend the throne of postwar German literature."

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 09/03/2015

Prague's "lying TV channel" defends liberalism

Supporters of Czech President Miloš Zeman demonstrated in Prague on Saturday against the "false reporting" by public broadcaster Česká televize (ČT) and called for its financing through licence fees to be abolished. The conservative daily Lidové noviny warns against such attacks: "The 'lie' as far as these people are concerned is that ČT doesn't praise the president enough. They believe that the broadcaster criticises Russia too much and is too approving of ex-president Havel. Some editors, they criticise, have grown too fond of the US and speak English or even German. They claim that such a television channel is against the 'people', who should join the president in rising up against the channel. ... This all goes to show that ČT is not doing bad work at all. It is namely still the channel of a liberal society that hasn't yet lost all the values for which it opted in 1989. Therefore it should be supported by another section of society - the non-Zeman section."

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 10/04/2012

Now Israel is doing Grass an injustice

The escalation over the poem by Günter Grass that has now culminated in the author being declared persona non grata by Israel is regrettable, the conservative daily Lidové noviny writes: "In Grass' voluminous work there is not a single word that can be termed anti-Semitic. On the contrary: his works constitute a persistent working through and coming to terms with German guilt. ... Now with a series of statements of questionable relevance - which an open society must nevertheless be able to endure - he has been declared persona non grata in Israel. All of a sudden people who may never have heard of Grass before are voicing their opinions on anti-Semitism and on Grass himself.  People who have most likely never had a book of his in their hands, nor any interest in doing so. Günter Grass has done an injustice to Israel, but now Israel has done him an even greater injustice."

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 17/05/2010

Prague's origins are multicultural, not Czech

Last weekend the Czech capital promoted the "Prague Days" where visitors to the city are to be introduced to the "legacy and phenomena" that have been "bequeathed by the Czechs". The conservative daily Lidové noviny sees this as false advertising: "Prague and all the things that make it so beautiful and unique are not the product of the work of a nation, but a collective work by people who spoke different languages and came here, lived here, settled here, then left the city, most recently expelled under dramatic circumstances. Matthias von Arras was a Frenchman, Peter Parler a Swabian from Gmünd, the Malá Strana district and half of Prague Castle are Italian, the Dientzenhofer [architects] came from Bavaria, and so on. ... Taking possession of things that don't belong to them is a phenomenon particular to the Czechs. It's called stealing."

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