Coalition leaders to discuss government’s future on Sunday


The leaders of the embattled coalition government are to meet on Sunday to debate the crisis precipitated by the split of the junior coalition party Public Affairs. The party’s split into two factions – one around its founder and informal leader Vit Bárta and the other around Deputy Prime Minister Karolina Peake – has robbed the government of its majority in the lower house and put into question its future existence. The Civic Democrats and TOP 09 no longer want to rule with the scandal-tainted faction around Vit Barta and Deputy Prime Minister Peake may not rally enough supporters behind her to establish a deputies’ club and secure a “safe” majority for the government.