Civic Democrats reject TOP 09’s ultimatum
The Civic Democrats have rejected the ultimatum issued by their coalition partner TOP 09. The second largest coalition partner announced on Tuesday that it will not sign the new coalition contract unless it includes a commitment to join the EU’s Fiscal Compact by the end of the year. The head of the Civic Democrats’ deputies' group, Marek Benda, said that his party will not comply with the demand. At a meeting on Thursday morning, the Civic Democratic leadership agreed that there is no reason for the Czech Republic to join the fiscal pact just yet. The Czech Republic and the UK are the only two EU countries that have not signed the Fiscal Compact, which is mandatory for Eurozone member states.