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Deals signed ahead of confidence vote in new government

Representatives of ANO and the Social Democrats have signed a coalition deal between the two parties, a day before their joint minority government undergoes the necessary vote of confidence in the lower house. Also on Tuesday ANO and the Communist Party put their signatures to a deal under which the latter have agreed to tolerate the new government.

Opposition parties have criticised the head of ANO, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, for allowing the Communists to have a share of power for the first time since the Velvet Revolution in 1989. They say a different government could have been formed if Mr. Babiš, who is facing criminal charges, had stood aside.

All parties but ANO, the Social Democrats and the Communists say they will vote against the new coalition when it undergoes a confidence vote in the lower house on Wednesday.

Coalition not to support bill only allowing marriage for heterosexuals

The coalition of ANO and the Social Democrats will not support a proposed a constitutional amendment under which marriage would only be permitted between men and women, Czech Television reported after a government meeting on Tuesday morning. The legislation was put forward by an MP for the Christian Democrats and has support from over 30 deputies from six parties.

Another bill is also set to go before Parliament allowing for marriage between people of the same sex. It also has cross-party support, enjoying the backing of around 45 MPs in the 200-seat lower house.

Czechs biggest opponents of euro in EU, indicates poll

Czechs are the biggest opponents of the euro in the European Union, suggests the latest Eurobarometer survey, quoted by Czech Television. Some 73 percent of Czech respondents in the poll said they were against the common European currency.

In 2005, a year after the Czech Republic joined the EU, some 63 percent of Czechs were in favour of the euro. Last year, the most recent date for which figures are available, that had fallen to 22 percent.

Czechoslovak Society for Arts and Sciences congress gets underway in Prague

A three-day annual world congress of the Czechoslovak Society for Arts and Sciences (SVU) gets underway in Prague on Tuesday. This year’s edition will mark 60 years since the establishment of the society and commemorate the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia.

In a ceremony at the Czech Senate on Tuesday, the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences will also present its annual prizes for the promotion of Czech science and culture abroad.

SVU was originally established by a group of exiles in Washington in 1958. It expanded its activities to Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It also has branches in other parts of the world.

Tennis: all Czech singles knocked out of Wimbledon

All Czech tennis players were knocked out of the Wimbledon singles competitions after the last two Czech hopes, Karolína Plíšková and Jiří Veselý, lost their fourth-round matches on Monday.

The Czech women’s tennis number one, Karolína Plíšková, failed to get past Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, who won 3-6 7-6, while Jiří Veselý lost to Rafael Nadal 3-6, 3-6, 4-6.

In doubles, Lucie Šafářová with US partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands advanced to the fourth round after defeating the Czech duo Barbora Strýcová and Andrea Sestini Hlaváčková 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Weather forecast

Wednesday should see rain and some bright spells in the Czech Republic, with temperatures of up to 20 degrees Celsius expected. Daytime highs should rise to the mid-20s by the weekend, which is set to be mainly fair.