Sunday, February 19, 2012

News 2.19.2012

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News Sunday, February 19th, 2012

By: Sarah Borufka

* The Czech and British governments are preparing an initiative aimed
at improving efforts to create a unified European market.

* Czech President Vaclav Klaus and his Slovak counterpart have
expressed their support of a Croatian and a Serbian EU accession.

* A new piece of legislation may open the option of dual citizenship to
all Czechs.

* The Czech speed skater Martina Sablikova has won silver at the World
Allround Speed Skating Championships in Moscow.

* Police have charged the husband of a young woman whose body was found
in Liberec on Friday with murder.

Czech and British prime ministers to put forward EU economic growth

Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas and his British counterpart David
Cameron have designed an initiative aimed at pushing the European
Council to adopt a more active stance on supporting economic growth and
a unified European market. The Czech prime minister has said that
efforts to create a truly unified European market should not be
neglected in the common currency zone. Currently, only some 40 percent
of goods and services in the EU are part of a unified market. According
to information from the Czech News Agency CTK, the two prime ministers
are planning to submit a formal letter outlining the initiative to the
president of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy. Aside from the
two countries, both of which were the only EU members to not sign the
fiscal compact, other member states such as the Netherlands may sign
the initiative. In late January, the Czech Republic and the UK both
refused to sign a new fiscal compact, aimed at established tighter
budget controls across the Eurozone.

Czech President and Slovak counterpart express their support of
Croatian and Serbian EU accession

At a two-day meeting of Czech President Vaclav Klaus with his
counterparts from Slovakia, Croatia and Serbia at the Lany castle near
Prague, Mr. Klaus and Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic expressed their
support of the Croatian EU accession and Serbia's long-term plans to
join the EU. Mr. Gasparovic said that in light of the difficult
situation in the Balkans, the countries' efforts to join the EU were a
positive step. He added that he was confident Serbia was soon going to
granted EU accession candidate status. Mr. Klaus said that a Serbian EU
accession would also bring advantages for the Czech Republic. Serbian
President Boris Tadic left the two-day meeting Saturday evening; the
Slovak, Croatian and Czech presidents on Sunday commemorated the first
president of Czechoslovakia, Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, in the Lany
cemetery, where he is buried.

Croatia is set to become the 28th member of the EU in July 2013. Serbia
is still waiting to receive EU candidacy status. Its territorial
demands on Kosovo have been an obstacle in its effort to join the EU.

Czech Interior Ministry plans to introduce unrestricted dual citizenship

In the future, the option of dual citizenship may be open to all Czech
citizens. Currently, mainly those who are married to foreigners are
allowed to file for dual citizenship. Under a new law that is currently
being prepared as part of an overhaul of the Czech legislation on
citizenship, Czechs citizens would be able to keep their Czech passport
even if they become citizens of a foreign country. A spokesman for the
Interior Ministry confirmed the planned change in legislation for the
website, the online presence of the daily Mlada fronta dnes.
In addition, the new law should make it easier for Czech emigrants
living abroad to gain back their Czech citizenship.

Czech speed skater Martina Sablikova wins silver at World Allround
Speed Skating Championships

Czech speed skater Martina Sablikova took home the silver medal at the
World Allround Speed Skating Championships in Moscow on Sunday. The
long-distance specialist won the women's final 5,000-meter race in 6
minutes, 58.74 seconds and finished second in the overall competition
with 161.870 points. Ireen Wust of the Netherlands took home the
winning title for the third time in her career. Canadian speed skater
Christine Nesbitt finished third. Sablikova won the championship in
2009 and 2010.

Czech team finishes fifth at sky jump World Cup in Oberstdorf

The Czech team came in fifth in the sky jump World Cup in the German
Oberstdorf. Of the four Czech ski jumpers competing, only the Czech
record holder Antonin Hajek surpassed the 200-meter mark with a leap of
209 meters. Slovenia took home an unexpected victory, while Austria
came in second. Due to bad weather conditions, the team event was
reduced to one round only.

Police charge husband of woman reported missing and found dead with

Police have charged the husband of a 24-year-old woman, whose body was
found by police in the city of Liberec on Friday, with murder. The
young woman had gone missing for weeks; a neighbor reported her missing
on January 23. According to a police spokeswoman, police officers are
currently talking to other neighbors of the victim. The autopsy will
reveal how the woman was killed, the spokeswoman added.

Thousands of Czech skiers hit slopes

Thousands of Czech skiers have been hitting the slopes on the weekend,
despite severe weather and avalanche warnings and the bad condition of
some roads in higher altitudes. Pleasant temperatures around 0 degrees
Celsius and good snow quality in the country's skiing resorts drew many
people to the Krkonose and Orlicky mountains. Some 12,000 skiers
visited the skiing resort at Spindleruv Mlyn in the Krkonose Mountains
in the Hradec Kralove region. Visitor numbers to skiing resorts this
weekend were among the best of this year's winter sports season.


The start of the week brings milder conditions, with partially overcast
skies and daytime highs of up to 3 degrees Celsius.

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Sunday Music Show 19.2.2012

In today's edition we look back at some of the most popular Czech bands
in the 1990s, after the so-called Velvet divorce between the Czech
Republic and Slovakia. Bands and performers you'll hear include the
rock group Lucie, folksinger Jaromir Nohavica, jazzman Jiri Stivin and

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