New Year Speeches of Czech and Slovak Presidents (Novorocni Projev Prezidentu CZ a SK)

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Every New Year is associated with solemn speeches. Today, Czechs and Slovaks had the opportunity to listen to speeches by their presidents. Both speeches were significant, but somewhat similar. Perhaps because both countries are very close to each other, not only geographically, but also economically:

 

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Unforgettable Sir Nicholas Winton (Nezapomenutelny Sir Nicholas Winton)

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Have you seen the film All My Loved Ones? If so, you could see Sir Nicholas Winton. Sir Nicholas George Winton, born 19th May 1909, saved 669 Czechoslovak Jewish children from death in the World War II. The operation was known as “Kindertransport.”

Winton had a special relationship with the Jewish children because he was a Jew, who was baptized and raised a Christian. While Winton saved many children, he never applauded himself for this act or shared details about this operation. His wife actually found detailed information on the Kindertransport late in the 90s.

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Slovaks are Ahead of Czechs – Visa Waiver Requirements Accomplished (Slovaci jsou Popredu pred Cechy – Podminky pro Zruseni Viz Splneny)

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Today, the Slovak republic president, Ivan Gasparovic, and the president of the United States, George Bush, met in Washington in the White House. They discussed the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) as well as the financial crisis and steps that need to be taken in order to overcome it.

 

The major requirement for eligibility for this program is to reach no more than 10 percent of rejected visa applications, which Slovakia achieved. Also, Slovakia provided fingerprints and DNA profiles of all convicted criminals that won’t be allowed to enter the United States. Bush stated that Slovakia made the major step in order to cancel visas to the US and he declared that the official announcement could be as soon as in the middle of November.

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