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President defends himself over ouzo remarks

Czech Position |
6 September 2011

President Václav Klaus has defended himself against accusations that he offended Greeks by dubbing them lazy ouzo drinkers, in an interview with a Czech newspaper. The Czech head of state's reported comments caused a stir when they reached the ears of Greek Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou. But Klaus says his general comments about the problems of the single currency euro-zone were not aimed directly at Greece. Whatever the version, Klaus' comments about debt-burdened and deficit-challenged Greece have clearly offended.