Christian Democrats unhappy with coalition talks

The Christian Democratic Party, which is expected to be the third partner in the emerging coalition government, has expressed dissatisfaction with being left out of the talks between the two bigger parties. Christian Democrat leader Pavel Bělobrádek told the internet news site iDnes on Friday that his party, potentially the smallest partner in government, wanted to have the right of veto on outstanding issues, for fear that the two bigger parties would join forces with the opposition Communists or Dawn Party to outvote it in the lower house. The party has already warned that it is not prepared to enter into a coalition that would scrap the screening law which bans former communist collaborators from holding high posts in government and public administration. There are signs that the two big parties are aiming to replace this post 1989-legislation with a new civil service law.