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Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, April 2, 2012

Luboš Palata on Germany's growing popularity with the Czechs

German Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to Prague for a short visit today, Tuesday. In the conservative daily Lidové noviny columnist Luboš Palata notes the growing popularity of Germans among the Czechs: "Nowadays Berlin is decidedly more popular than Brussels. Even the Sudeten Germans in Munich, the last victims of World War II, have long since swallowed the bitter pill and understood that today's relations should not be weighed down by the problems of the past. ... Prime Minister Petr Nečas' big advantage over President Václav Klaus is that he does not come out with anti-German statements. The political union that Merkel's Germany has in mind is less a Brussels-based project than a Berlin-based one. So ahead of the chancellor's the Czech government and prime minister should be aware that the biggest threat to Europe's future isn't that Germany gets its way, but that it throws in the towel. Because if it did, this would mean that we would be back to square one in everything - not just in Czech-German relations."

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