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.
The Czech Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by Jaromír Balda to change his conviction qualification from “terrorist attack" to “public threat", Czech Television reported on Wednesday. The 71–year–old man was convicted of terrorism after seeking to derail a train by cutting two trees onto the tracks. His aim was to create the impression in Czech society that Muslim immigrants were behind the attack, but the attempt failed. Mr Balda originally faced the prospect of five to 15 years in jail, but was only given a four year sentence, due to diminished sanity.
The Christian Democratic Party will seek to counter an increase in parental
allowance, recently passed by the Chamber of Deputies, by an appeal to the
Constitutional Court. Party Chairman Marek Výborný said that the new
legislation is discriminatory because it does not concern all families with
children up to the age of four. The appeal is currently being prepared and
will be issued once President Miloš Zeman sings the bill and it comes into
Parental leave is set to increase by CZK 80,000 in January. However, opponents say that the legislation will stop some 70,000 families, who have already used up their current allowance, from accessing the extra money.