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Last Updated: Friday, 15 July, 2005, 17:07 GMT 18:07 UK
Row over offer to Sudeten Germans
German troops in WWII
German troops occupied Czechoslovakia during WWII
Czech President Vaclav Klaus has condemned the country's prime minister for offering to compensate Germans expelled after World War II.

Jiri Paroubek said the Sudetenland Germans of the former Czechoslovakia would receive compensation if they could prove they opposed the Nazis.

Mr Klaus said he thought Mr Paroubek had gone "completely mad".

Mr Paroubek made the offer during a one-day visit to Austria on Thursday.

Both Austria and Germany want the Czech Republic and Slovakia to repeal the 194 decrees ordering the expulsion of some three million Sudetenland Germans from border regions of Moravia and Bohemia.

The two nations have refused to do so, because they say most Sudetenland Germans supported the Nazis.

Correspondents say Mr Paroubek's gesture would apply to very few Germans.


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