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Czech MEP likens Cohn-Bendit to Heydrich

10. 12. 2008 12:15
In his letter to Pöttering. Železný complains about Cohn-Bendit's boorish behavior at the Prague Castle.

Praha/Brusel - The diplomatic row that erupted between Czech president Václav Klaus and the European Parliament representatives at the Prague Castle last week has a sequel. 

At the meeting president Klaus was angered by questions posed by EP Greens Daniel Cohn-Bendit, famous for being a left-leaning "nonconformist" and an active student leader in the 1968 riots in France.

Now Czech media businessman and politician Vladimír Železný has voiced his criticism of Cohn-Bendit's sharp tone. Železný founded a private TV Nova and now is MEP himself.

Železný had only sharp words for Cohn-Bendit, comparing him to Reinhard Heydrich, the Deputy Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia during the Nazis' occupation of Czechoslovakia.

"Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia Reinhard Heydrich spoke in the same tone and in the same way when he met protectorate's president Emil Hácha," Železný wrote in a letter addressed to the Euro-Parliament Hans-Gert Pöttering.

In the letter, Železný also regrets that Pöttering allowed Cohn-Bendit to behave so boorishly.

Železný is a founder of a political party called Independent Democrats and is said to be behind the new eurosceptic party Libertas.cz that is about to be established.

The Nazi reminiscences are not welcome in the European Union's institutions. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's remark "Nazi guard" in 2003 addressed to the German member of the European Parliament Martin Schulz (he was at the Prague Castle too) triggered uproar in the EP. Berlusconi said that Schulz would be "perfectly cast as a Nazi concentration camp guard in a forthcoming film." Schulz has been known for being a vocal critic of Italian prime minister.

autor: CzechNews | 10. 12. 2008 12:15

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