The European Commission took the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Thursday over their failure to accept their required quotas for refugees. The contentious scheme, which was adopted at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, was focused on "burden-sharing," meaning that 160,000 refugees should be relocated across most of the bloc's 28 member-states to ease the burden on Greece and Italy. Read more: The EU migrant relocation and resettlement scheme - what you need to know It means that the three eastern nations would have to settle around 8,000 migrants between them as part of the quota. However, so far Hungary and Poland have taken in none at all, while the Czech Republic has accepted just 12. By pursuing these countries at the ECJ, Brussels is showing its determination to see this scheme carried out. It is also fueling a new clash between the EU body and important eastern member states. "The European Commission … [Read more...] about EU sues Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland over low refugee intake
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EX-WIMBLEDON tennis champ Jana Novotna has died at the age of 49.The Czech sports star, who won Wimbledon in 1998, passed away in her home country, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) said today.The WTA said on its website: "After a long battle with cancer, Jana died peacefully, surrounded by her family in her native Czech Republic."She lost both 1993 and 1997 Wimbledon finals before finally winning in London when she beat Nathalie Tauziat in 1998.Novotna won the hearts of tennis fans around the world when she burst into tears after losing to German great Steffi Graf in 1993 and was consoled by the Duchess of Kent.Novotna said the Duchess had told her "she would do it" when she went to collect her runner-up trophy.She was renowned for her aggressive serve and volley game and achieved a career-high singles ranking of number two.Novotna also won four Wimbledon doubles titles with compatriot Helena Sukova in 1989 and 1990, with Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1995 and with Hingis in … [Read more...] about Jana Novotna dead at 49 – Former Wimbledon tennis champion passes away in her native Czech Republic
GERMANY are back in World Cup qualifying action as they take on the Czech Republic.Joachim Low's side won the Confederations Cup with a B team in July and will put themselves on the verge of another summer in Russia with victory over the Czechs. NEW CUSTOMER OFFER: ENGLAND NOW 33/1 TO BEAT SLOVAKIA WITH SUN BETS Here is everything you need to know about the match.Czech Republic take on Germany on Friday, September 1.The match will take place at the Eden Arena in Prague.Kick-off will be at 7.45pm.Czech Republic vs Germany will be shown live on the Sky Sports Red Button.Coverage will begin shortly before the kick-off.Germany have won six games out of six and lead second placed Northern Ireland by five points.A win today would guarantee a play-off place minimum and leave the third placed Czechs unable to catch them.Czech Republic have failed to impress and are four points behind Northern Ireland in second.The matches tonight and in Belfast on Monday will go a long way to deciding … [Read more...] about Czech Republic vs Germany: What TV channel is the World Cup qualifier on and what time does it kick off?
NORTHERN IRELAND take on Czech Republic in their biggest match of the qualifying campaign so far tonight.Michael O'Neill's side secured an impressive 0-0 in Prague in the opening qualifier last September and will guarantee second spot and a likely play-off place with a draw in Belfast.They will also keep alive their slim chances of catching leaders Germany, who have won every game and are five points clear at the top of Group C.But the Czechs will be fighting for their lives, knowing that anything other than a win will see them knocked out of the World Cup.Northern Ireland vs Czech Republic will take place on tonight, Monday, September 4.The match will be played at Windsor Park.Kick-off will be at 7.45pm.Northern Ireland vs Czech Republic will be live on Sky Sports Mix.Coverage on the channel will begin at 7.30pm.Sky Sports Mix can be found on channel 407 for Sky TV customers.Subscribers to Virgin can watch on channel 507.The channel is free for all Sky TV subscribers.Corey Evans could … [Read more...] about Northern Ireland vs Czech Republic on TV: How to watch World Cup 2018 qualifier tonight for FREE
MORE than 500 Irish couples have become parents after travelling to the Czech Republic for fertility treatment.Specialists at IVF Cube say they’ve seen a boom in the number of patients from the Emerald Isle.And they are paying a fraction of the price demanded for similar services back home.Since opening six years ago, IVF Cube have reported more than 550 positive pregnancy tests out of more than 670 Irish patients — a success rate of 83 per cent.Hana Visnova, medical director of the state-of-the-art clinic in the heart of Prague, said: “Over the past few years we have seen an enormous increase in the number of couples coming from Ireland for treatment with us.“And the enquiries are continuing to come in, month after month.”It is estimated around one in six couples in Ireland will be affected by fertility problems at some point in their lives.Often that can result in many rounds of IVF treatment, which can stretch into the tens of thousands of … [Read more...] about Hundreds of Irish couples are travelling to the Czech Republic for fertility treatment – and they’re paying a lot less for it
GERMANY kicked-off their European Under-21s Championship campaign with a 2-0 victory over Czech Republic on Sunday.Schalke midfielder Max Meyer and former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry sealed the victory for Stefan Kuntz’s side in Poland.The Germans are among the favourites to go all the way in Poland and their starting XI included five senior internationals. Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport’s live transfer blog Gnabry, who recently joined Bayern Munich, was amongst those along with captain Maximilian Arnold.It was the former Gunner who had the first chance of the game as he fired wide of the mark just five minutes in.Meyer then forced Lukas Zima into a save as they began to ramp up the pressure but they had to wait until just before the interval for the breakthrough to arrive.Meyer collected a pass on the left flank and cut inside, beating a defender before hitting a low strike towards the far corner.The keeper should … [Read more...] about Germany U21s 2 Czech Republic U21s 0: Max Meyer and Serge Gnabry strike to secure winning start
TOTTENHAM are facing stiff competition from Juventus for Czech Republic's hottest talent.Patrik Schick has attracted the interest of both Arsenal and Spurs with his performances for Italian outfit Sampdoria. Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport’s live transfer blog But the Italian champions appear to have taken the lead in the race for Schick's signature, agreeing a £22m fee with Sampdoria.Here's what we know about the striker.Patrik Schick was born on January 24 1996 in Prague, Czech Republic.He progressed through the Sparta Prague youth teams before making his debut for the first team in May 2014.He was then loaned to fellow Czech outfit Bohemians 1905, where he netted eight times in 27 games.Sampdoria saw enough in him to shell out £3.5million to take him to Italy.Patrik Schick, 21, has impressed scouts this season after scoring 13 goals for Sampdoria.The 6ft 2in striker has played 29 games but only started … [Read more...] about Patrik Schick: Tottenham and Juventus battle for Sampdoria ‘fox-in-the-box’ striker but what can fans expect from Czech Republic star?
CZECH Republic has chosen Martina Bárta to represent them at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.But what is her background, how was she chosen and what is Martina Bárta singing?Martina was born on 1st September 1988.The 28-year-old Czech singer specialises in jazz and also plays the French horn.She was previously part of the jazz band 4 To The Bar and had a role in the musical Robin Hood.It was announced in February that Martina would be taking part in the Eurovision representing Czech Republic after an internal selection process.Martina is singing the song My Turn, which will be performed in English.The bookies aren’t backing Czech Republic to win the annual talent competition.Sunbets’ Eurovision odds currently list Czech Republic at 200/1.Acts pipped to perform well include Robin Bendtsson who is representing Sweden and Portugal’s Salvador Sobral.From the very, very first time I saw youNow that you are falling, let me be … [Read more...] about Who is Czech Republic’s Eurovision Song Contest 2017 entry? Martina Bárta set to perform My Turn – all you need to know
A TYPICALLY efficient performance from Germany saw them cruise to a 3-0 win over Czech Republic on Saturday night.Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller helped himself to a brace as Joachim Low's men dominated proceedings in the World Cup qualifier.Real Madrid playmaker Toni Kroos also got on the scoresheet thanks to some fine play from Joshua Kimmich, with Manchester City ace Ilkay Gundogan also making his first international appearance in almost a year.Germany started strongly, with Julian Draxler and Mario Gotze threatening early on in their attacking midfield roles.But it was Arsenal star Mesut Ozil who got the ball rolling as he laid on a sumptuous assist for Muller in the 13th minute.The versatile attacker was found in acres of space as the befuddled Czechs pushed forward and easily slotted home to send supporters wild.Despite dominating proceedings, Germany were unable to grab a second in the first 45.But they started the second half in the best way possible … [Read more...] about Germany 3 Czech Republic 0: Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos grab the goals as home side dominate proceedings
STRIKER Francis Kone was hailed a hero, for saving the life of the opposing goalkeeper who required his life-saving assistance on the pitch in the Czech Republic.Kone was on hand when Bohemians 1905 goalkeeper Martin Berkovec collided with one of his defender’s Daniel Krch after 30 minutes of Saturdays league game.Opposition striker Kone was the nearest player on the pitch and immediately rushed to the keeper's aid who was out cold after the collision.Berkovec had swallowed his tongue and Kone, who sensed straight away the keeper was in trouble, pulled it out, thereby saving his life according to reports in the Czech Republic.Even more surprising, was the fact this was the FOURTH time the Ivory Coast striker had been in the right place at the right time to save another players life on the pitch.Kone revealed after the game:“It has been four times. Once in Thailand and twice in Africa. I’m always checking the players, to make sure they have not swallowed their … [Read more...] about Goalkeeper’s life is saved by quick thinking of opposition striker in Czech Republic match