Visegrad trident. The Czech Republic has more than enough in common with Slovakia and Hungary

Visegrad trident. The Czech Republic has more than enough in common with Slovakia and Hungary
Visegrad trident. The Czech Republic has more than enough in common with Slovakia and Hungary

COMMENTARY / Petr Fiala recently faced criticism for not canceling the Prague meeting of the Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Four. The objection was that we should stick to Tusk’s pro-Western and pro-European Poland while leaving the Putin collaborators to their fate. However, the subsequent vote of the lower house on marriage for all showed that the current Czech Republic still has a lot in common with Slovakia and Hungary.

Orthodox Greece also approved the equalization of the unions of sexual minorities two weeks ago, where the relevant bill was submitted by local conservatives. Please, I am writing this because of the people who curse themselves by saying that marriage for all is some kind of fad of left-wing ideology. Not. It is simply the fulfillment of the liberal principle of equality before the law, also enshrined in the Czech constitution. So whoever has no problem with the Constitution should have no problem with marriage for all.

Nevertheless, in the predominantly atheist Czech Republic, which in the liberal 1990s literally boasted of its welcoming attitude towards homosexuals, the process was stuck at a dead end. In a country where prejudice against gays in the past cost the prime minister his career. Today, however even voices that are a thousand times worse than Topolánk’s former unofficial chatter on the sidelines of taking pictures for a magazine sound without consequence.

At the same time, the majority of the public has no problem with marriage for all, as do a significant number of politicians. Complications arose only in a narrow privileged group of the political class, which was thoroughly “trampled” by the would-be Christian lobby.

With Fico and Orbán forever and never otherwise?

The idea that the Czech Republic shares common interests and values ​​with Poland, while the openly pro-Russian prime ministers of Slovakia and Hungary have nothing to offer it, is therefore rather simplistic.

It would be more accurate to say that we are halfway between the increasingly significant differences between pro-Western Poland and the pro-Russian representatives of Visegrad, which more or less makes us a successful fence post.

In clear conflict with Donald Trump’s isolationism, Donald Tusk is reviving the Weimar Triangle project. He is supposed to include Poland, along with Germany and France, among the key powers that will decide on European security issues in the event of Trump’s withdrawal of the US from Europe.

Only half-jokingly, social networks then write about the “Moscow Four” project, where Putin and Lukashenko would meet with Orbán and the Prešpur worshiper of the pro-Russian legacy Gustáv Husák.

The calls for Petr Fiala to choose where to lean remained unheeded. On the one hand, the Czech Republic’s initiative regarding the supply of ammunition to Ukraine sends a signal that it stands in a pro-Western position compared to Hungary and Slovakia. On the other hand, with more rigid value attitudes than the traditionally pro-Russian Balkan Greece, we show that we do not actually belong to the real liberal West – and we don’t want to belong either.

Today, the Czech Republic is therefore a country of the care of its parliamentarians, cultivating “national specificities” that distinguish it from the criticized European standards. Such an attitude will primarily cost the ODS additional votes from liberal voters who, before the last parliamentary elections, believed that Topolánek was a long overdue stage. But now he sees that the opposite is true. The representatives of this party make statements about same-sex couples that even the once arrogant prime minister would not allow.

An appropriate conclusion for observers in Moscow? At a time of an unprecedented security crisis on the continent, Czech society is deliberately splitting on completely unrelated issues that could have been resolved long ago. So it is definitely worth investing in further subversive activities, destabilization and political war against the Czech Republic.

We can’t spoil the scum!

However, the Czech Republic will never belong to the Weimar Triangle. But in addition to the pro-Ukrainian ad hoc “coalition of the willing”, it could also initiate some more stable regional grouping. Take into account the growing regional ambitions of the Baltic states and Scandinavia and project their weight from the periphery to the center of Europe. Reach out to the increasingly ambitious Romania, which for now remains dependent on bilateral initiatives in its important support for Ukraine. In other words, to move as a medium-sized European state sovereignly in its weight category, without playing the role of a great power.

Instead, we remain attached to the mummy of Visegrad. While artillery shells for Ukraine will be delivered and fired, our association with Fico and Orbán will remain and discrimination against homosexuals will remain enshrined in law. This will eventually clear up the current ambiguity of the Czech position by itself.

Svatopluk’s trident Prague–Bratislava–Budapest carries with it a deeper meaning. It encodes the three sacred symbols of the national identity of Central European nations, namely goulash, gnocchi and pork dumpling zela. Against the depraved Western ideologies, it preserves the memory of the straw in the shoes from which we all emerged together.

Czech MPs just went to the Chamber of Deputies in traditional folk costumes. That this is pseudo-patriotic kitsch was proven, among other things, by a representative of the people presenting a Russian Cossack.

However, going to the House of Commons in costume could and should become a new, one hundred percent binding tradition. It will be a considerable benefit that the MPs will save on expenses for luxury suits.

At the same time, a symbol of the remaining Visegrád unity as a visible reminder of its three sources and three components would become a mandatory addition to all kinds of broadsides, fireplaces, boots and jupeks.

Every conscientious member of parliament fighting for unique Czech traditions and a traditional family should in the future be armed with a three-pronged pitchfork, which will appropriately underline his respectful relationship to his distinctive Central European family.

The article is in Czech

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