Most Czechs do not approve of a bail-out plan for Greece, suggests a survey carried out by the internet based polling agency SANEP at the end of last week. Just under 60 percent of respondents said they were not in favour of the EUR 100 billion rescue plan agreed a fortnight ago by eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund. Some 54.2 percent respondents said they did not believe the measures would prevent Greece from eventually going bankrupt. A poll at the end of April indicated that for the first time since 2001 most Czechs were opposed to euro adoption, while the Czech prime minister said recently that the Greek dept crisis had strengthened the country’s anti-euro camp.
Speakers at a commemorative meeting at the site of a former World War II
ghetto at Terezín in central Bohemia have warned of a rise in neo-Nazism
and racism in the Czech Republic. The director of the Terezín Memorial,
Jan Munk, said that today the victims were Romanies; next will be Jews,
then other people. He said as a Jew and a citizen he felt threatened by
neo-Nazism, and called on state bodies to take greater action against the
danger. Some of Prime Minister Jan Fischer’s own family members were
killed after being interned at Terezín. He said at Sunday’s ceremony
that he had been disappointed by the results of a mock election held in
Czech schools which suggested over 7 percent of 15- to 19-year-olds would
support the far-right Workers’ Party of Social Justice. Mr Fischer said
the area of values was being emptied out in Europe, thanks to an
over-emphasis on so-called real politics; this area was being left to
who are against freedom and democracy, he said.
Around 144,000 Jews were sent to Terezín (Theresienstadt) by the Nazis during the war. Fewer than 17,300 survived. Around 1,000 people attended Sunday’s commemorative meeting, which was the 64th.
The manager of Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti, praised goalkeeper Petr Čech after the club’s 1:0 win over in Portsmouth in the final of England’s FA Cup on Saturday. Ancelotti said the Czech’s penalty save with the score at 0:0 early in the second half was the key moment of the game. It was Čech’s third FA Cup winner’s medal and followed Chelsea’s securing of the Premier League title last weekend. The goalkeeper, who turns 28 next week, also received an award for the most clean sheets in the English top flight last season.
Lucie Šafářová has failed to reach the final of tennis’s Madrid Open after she retired in a semi-final clash with Aravane Rezai of France on Saturday. Šafářová, who is 23, had lost the first set 1-6 when she decided she could not go on. The Czech’s ranking climbed to the top 30 for the first time since January 2008 this week after a solid clay-court season, and she had been hoping to reach her second final this year.
Around 450,000 people have so far visited the Czech Republic’s pavilion at the Expo 2010 fair in China’s Shanghai. One in every five people who have been to the Expo since it opened its doors two weeks ago have entered the Czech pavilion, spokesman Jiří Potužník told the Czech News Agency. Mr Potužník said other countries had expressed envy of the Czech Republic’s high attendance figures.
A week of activities aimed at promoting the Czech Republic has got underway in New York. Among the events due to take place are a presentation of the Czech Republic as a destination for tourism, a seminar for potential investors, and a show featuring the work of around a dozen fashion designers. The centre of activities is the Bohemian National Hall on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Members of the Czech international soccer team will be among the guests at a gathering there next Saturday; the players are in America for friendly games against the US and Turkey.
The retired soccer star Pavel Nedvěd may return to the Italian club Juventus as a youth coach, Tuttosport reported. Nedvěd’s agent was quoted by the Italian newspaper as saying the Czech’s return to Juve had been made possible by the appointment of Andrea Agnelli as club president. Agnelli, with whom Nedvěd enjoys close personal ties, takes over on Monday. The former midfielder spent eight years at the Italian giant before retiring last year at the age of 36. In 2003 he became only the second Czech to win the European Footballer of the Year award.
Irena Moozova’s term as head of the European Commission’s mission in the Czech Republic ended on Saturday. A lawyer and diplomat, Ms Moozova had been in the post since October 2006. She was previously a member of the Czech mission at UNESCO. It is not yet clear who will succeed her as head of the EC’s mission in Prague.
A Vietnamese man committed suicide after killing a compatriot in the north-western town of Kadaň on Saturday morning. The killer also attacked and severely injured a Vietnamese woman, police said. The incident took place in a shop rented by the two victims. After carrying out the attack the man set himself on fire and stabbed himself, dying of his injuries. Police said they were trying to establish a motive for the crime.
The Czech javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková finished second in the first ever Diamond League athletics meeting in Doha on Friday evening. Špotáková’s best throw was 67.33 metres, leaving her just over a metre and a half behind Russia’s Maria Abakumova. It was the longest throw the Czech has ever managed at her first meeting of the season. Špotáková, who holds the women’s javelin world record as well as Olympic gold, said she was pleased with the result, considering she is still recovering from a problem with her Achilles tendon.
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