President Pavel for le Monde: We must be absolutely clear about where we stand

President Petr Pavel has rejected the idea that Czechia could be a bridge between the West and the East, as his predecessors Václav Klaus and Miloš Zeman suggested during their terms in office. In an interview for the French newspaper Le Monde, Czechia’s new head of state said he considered this “a strange ambition” saying he was absolutely convinced that there is no middle ground.  "We must be absolutely clear what world we belong to: the democratic fold of nations or that of authoritarian governments," Pavel said. "I am not saying that the EU and NATO are perfect, but they are the best alternatives we have," he added.