Recently, Western heads of state have only come to the Czech Republic for large multilateral and international events to meet the major players. Czech hosts like to prepare a backdrop of alchemistic Prague in the fog or bathed the sun’s glare. Last week’s visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, however, was different — sober, businesslike and neighborly, writes commentator Bohumil J. Studýnka.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Prague on Tuesday will do nothing to jump start bilateral relations. Although after meeting Prime Minister Petr Nečas and President Václav Klaus much will be said about the excellent relationship the two countries enjoy, this has long not been the reality. Economic relations have developed almost out of inertia; promoting mutual interests requires true political cooperation.