Prague critical host on David Cameron's tour to promote EU reforms

Prime Minister David Cameron faced a stoney response to proposed welfare restrictions in Prague on Friday, on the latest leg of his tour to promote proposed reforms to the European Union.

Cameron's Czech counterpart, Bohuslav Sobotka, has expressed concerns that the British premier's request to bar EU migrants from receiving benefits during the first four years of their stay could discriminate against individual member states.

Nonetheless, Sobotka showed a willingness to discuss the country's differences. "We are both convinced that Europe is strong when Britain stays in the EU," he said, following his meeting with the conservative leader.

Cameron once again stressed that this is a "once in a generation chance" to reform the bloc ahead of a referendum to take place in Britain by the end of 2017.

An estimated 45,000 Czechs live in Britain.

Cameron and Sobotka found common ground on the issue of border protection, demanding stricter checks in light of the ongoing migration crisis in Europe.

Britain is seeking EU reforms in four areas - competitiveness, sovereignty, social security and economic governance - but Cameron struggled to hammer out concrete measures at negotiations last month.

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