Civic and Social Democrats in Prague discussing possible coalition


Leaders of the Prague chapters of the rival Civic Democratic and Social Democratic Parties are meeting on Wednesday to discuss a possible grand coalition in the City Council. The two parties finished second and third in local elections after the conservative TOP 09 party, and their leaders said they would be looking for common ground in their programmes. Earlier this week, Civic Democratic chairman and Prime Minister Petr Nečas warned against a grand coalition in Prague, saying it would not be in keeping with the city’s right-wing tendencies and recent election turnout. All parties involved in the negations said there were still three possible coalitions on the table: TOP 09 and the Civic Democrats, TOP 09 and the Social Democrats, or the Civic and Social Democrats together.