Communists say talks with ANO over government to be resumed

The Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia has said it will restart talks over possible support for a government led by outgoing Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš. The ANO leader and communist leader Vojtěch Filip met late Thursday for talks. Filip said afterwards that they had agreed that expert groups from both parties would discuss policy issues next week. The communists had threated to walk away from talks in protest at an addendum to a memorandum on lithium mining signed by the industry minister and an Australian mining company.

Andrej Babiš is seeking to broaden his support with a view to a second attempt at winning support for a government after it fell short of the necessary votes in the first attempt.