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Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 15/01/2013

France may intervene, but not the US

France now has the backing of the UN Security Council for its military operations in Mali. The conservative daily Lidové noviny finds it strange that no one is objecting to this intervention whereas the US is always faced with protests when it undertakes such action: "Since 1960 the French have intervened more than 50 times in Africa. They fought in Chad and in the undeclared war with Libya, protected the regimes in Djibouti and in the Central African Republic against rebels, prevented a coup in the Comoro Islands and fought in Ivory Coast. Whether it was about defending economic interests, protecting French citizens or demonstrating France's strength as a major power, the tenants at the Élysée Palace, both on the left and on the right, have often revealed a propensity for unilateral action. ... But no one has ever protested. ... If the US intervened with such vehemence there would be never-ending protests in Europe. And the US embassy would be besieged by infuriated diplomats - above all French ones."

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 01/12/2009

Czechs disinvite Wilders

Dutch politician Geert Wilders, whose critical stance on Islam has made him a controversial figure, was invited to give a talk in the Prague Senate (the upper chamber of the Czech parliament), but his invitation has now been withdrawn. The conservative daily Lidové Noviny sees this as an expression of intolerance: "Up to now the Czech Republic has been seen as a country where political correctness didn't limit the freedom of speech. The Senate's withdrawal of its invitation to Wilders puts a symbolic end to this era. … Yes, Wilders' views are controversial and outside the mainstream. Wilders has the courage to say, 'the emperor has no clothes'. … Yes, some of Wilders' statements verge on populism. He offers some very simple solutions. But he is not a right-wing extremist. Like Pim Fortuyn, Theo van Gogh and Ayaan Hirsi Ali he is a product of the Dutch people's frustration at how social consensus, which is based on freedom and tolerance, is being warped."

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 23/07/2008

Karadžić is only the beginning

The arrest of the purported war criminal Radovan Karadžić was, according to the conservative daily Lidové noviny, only the first hurdle on Serbia's road to the EU. A bigger problem is the recognition of Kosovo: "The question is what the Serbs are prepared to sacrifice [for the sake of EU membership]. ... Fears that Karadžić's arrest would cause unrest turned out to be unfounded. Not more than a couple of hundred people gathered in Belgrade. The greater hurdle - Kosovo - remains. How can you become a member of the EU if you refuse to recognise a state that the majority of the EU states have recognised? Almost impossible. And for many Serbs recognising Kosovo's independence will be much harder [to swallow] than the arrest of Karadžić. ... [Serbia is not just hearing] approving words from the EU but also calls to finish properly the task it has begun."

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