The Czech Defence ministry on Thursday signed a memorandum with American
aerospace manufacturer Bell Textron about including Czech industry in the
recently signed deal for purchasing 12 military helicopters for the
country’s armed forces. According to the document, five Czech companies
will be cooperating with the American manufacturer and overall Czech
industry involvement will be 30 percent, the Czech News Agency reports.
The Czech helicopter purchase was signed off last week in the Pentagon by Defence Minister Vladimír Metnar. The eight multi-purpose UH-1Y Venom’s and four AH-1Z Viper battle helicopters will cost some CZK 14.7 billion excluding VAT.
The price of used cars on the Czech market has gone up by over 20 percent
over the past four years, with vehicles now selling at CZK 139,000 on
average, the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday, citing data of the car
dealer AAA Auto.
The average age of used cars has dropped from 9.9 years in 2018 to 9.7 years. Meanwhile, the mileage of used cars has dropped to 150,000 kilometres. There are currently around 90,000 used vehicles available on the Czech market.
Czech church representatives have spoken out against a plan to legalise
euthanasia in the Czech Republic. The joint declaration was signed by 18
public figures including the Roman Catholic priest and philosopher Tomáš
Halík, the chief rabbi of the Czech Republic, Karol Sidon, and Bishop
The bill on legalising euthanasia by doctors under certain circumstances
and under strict conditions was put forward by the ruling ANO Party and the
opposition Pirate Party. It should be debated in the lower house by March
The signatories of the petition argue that legalising euthanasia would put the Czech Republic on a slippery slope, because it is hard to regulate and those concerned may find themselves under psychological pressure to end their lives.
The proposal has already been criticised by the Czech Bishops Conference, the Ecumenical Council of Churches, the Federation of Jewish Communities and the Association of Muslim Communities in the Czech Republic.
Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová is the most popular foreign politician
among Czechs, with over 50 percent of respondents giving her a favourable
rating, according to a poll carried out by the CVVM agency.
The Slovak head of state is followed by Czech president Miloš Zeman, who enjoys the support of 46 percent of Czechs. French President Emmanuel Macron has a 34percent support rating.
Among the least trusted politicians are Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and North-Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
President Miloš Zeman has asked the Senate to approve his nomination of
Pavel Šámal, chairman of the Supreme Court, to the post of a
Constitutional Court judge.
Mr Šámal has served as Chairman of the Supreme Court since 2015. His term in the office expires in 2023, when he turns 70.
The 15-member Constitutional Court has been incomplete since the beginning of the year, when one of judges, Jan Musil, resigned from his post.
President Miloš Zeman has signed an amendment to the law on state social
support which increases the parental leave benefit. Under the amendment,
the basic parental leave will increase by CZK 80,000 in January to CZK
The Christian Democrats said earlier this week they would seek to counter the new legislation with an appeal to the Constitutional Court, arguing that it is discriminatory because it doesn’t concern all families with children up to the age of four.
The parental leave benefit is paid monthly for a period of up to four years. Parents can opt to draw money over a shorter period, with the monthly allowance currently capped at CZK 32,640.
US multi-instrumentalist and seven-time Grammy award winner Beck will be
the main star of Prague’s Metronome festival, which is to take place in
the Czech capital in June, the festival‘s organizers announced on
The American singer song-writer and record producer, who rose to fame in
the early 1990s with his experimental style, has performed in the Czech
Republic only once before, and that was 25 years ago.
Two of Beck’s most popular and acclaimed recordings are Odelay and Sea Change, both of which were ranked on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Russia‘s attempts to relativize the events surrounding the events of 1968
leave a bad aftertaste in the air of mutual relations, Foreign Minister
Tomáš Petříček told daily Deník N in an interview published on
Thursday. He said this in reaction to Wednesday’s statement published on
the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which said that the
newly approved Czech public holiday called the Day of Remembrance for
Victims of the Invasion, set to commemorate the Warsaw Pact invasion of
Czechoslovakia during the summer of 1968, “will hardly help the
successful conduct of bilateral cooperation“.
Mr Petříček is not the only Czech executive official to make his disagreement with Russia clear in this respect. On Wednesday, the president’s spokesman Jiří Ovčáček called the statement “absolutely inadequate and unacceptable”, going on to highlight that it was necessary to commemorate the victims of the Soviet occupation.
The Czech National will keep the current set interest rate at 2 percent.
The news came following a Bank Board meeting on Wednesday, where only two
out of the seven members voted for an increase.
Analysts questioned by the Czech News Agency see unpredictable developments abroad and the expected decrease in inflation as the main reason behind the decision.