The situation in Haiti, where the UN Security Council authorized the deployment of a multi national force, fills the front pages of all Czech dailies. "The fall of a dictator", reads the lead headline in today's Mlada Fronta Dnes reporting that Haiti today is a mixture of euphoria and chaos. Closer to home, the situation in eastern Slovakia, where the Roma minority has been looting shops in protest of lowered social benefits, remains at the centre of attention.
Meanwhile, Lidove Noviny reports that the opposition Civic Democrats and the Christian Democrats of the ruling coalition are unwilling to bury their hostilities with regard to the country's future EU commissioner Pavel Telicka. The two parties claim that Mr. Telicka was not a good choice due to the fact that he was once a member of the communist party and claim that they know nothing about his views today. Lidove Noviny says they are determined to see him replaced after six months in office by someone more suitable.
In an interview for the same paper, Mr. Telicka himself says that his one time communist party membership is not something he is proud of but that he had never made any effort to hide his past. People were aware of my past and a discussion about it at this stage of my career seems pointless and counterproductive. These attacks could complicate my position in Brussles and damage the Czech Republic's name abroad, Mr. Telicka said.
He pointed out that the EC president Mr. Romano Prodi knew the facts and had voiced support for his candidacy, as had many other people. The more vicious the attacks from some politicians, the more support I get from others, Mr. Telicka said, expressing thanks to all who had sent him mails and SMS messages in the past few days.