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.
Close to a third of the upper-house of Parliament, some 26 senators, have
called for the Czech embassy in Israel to be moved from Tel-Aviv to
Jerusalem. More members could join in the initiative, Senator Zdeněk
Papoušek of the Christian Democrats said at a press conference on
Wednesday. Moving the Czech embassy to Jerusalem is a policy which has long
had the support of President Miloš Zeman. However the government has thus
far remained unclear on the issue.
Despite the United States recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in 2017, the European Union has thus far been unwilling to do so until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved.
An exoplanet is now called after a word made famous by Czech author Karel
Čapek – Makropulos – the Czech Academy of Sciences reports. The word
was chosen through a public competition initiated by the International
Astronomical Union where any Czech citizen could send a proposition that
was then reviewed by a scientific commission. Although there are already
some 450 objects in space named by the Czechs who discovered them, it is
the first time that the general public has had a chance to do so.
Located within the Lynx constellation, Makropulos circles a star called XO-5. The planet itself is a so-called “hot-Jupiter”, a gas giant which orbits its parent star very closely.
Some 4,500 sent name proposals, but only one out of seven was in line with the rules set out by the expert commission. The Czech Republic was not the only country to take part in the competition, 110 states altogether were each allocated an exoplanet to name.