Coalition fails to agree on exemptions to budget cuts

The three coalition parties have failed to reach agreement on exemptions to this year’s planned budget cuts. At a meeting of coalition leaders, Education Minister Josef Dobeš, from the Public Affairs party, refused to slash another 4.5 billion crowns from his ministry’s budget, part of the government’s austerity measures that should save up to 23.6 billion crowns. Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek, of the TOP 09 party, said talks in the coalition would continue, and that the government would discuss the plan at its session on Wednesday.

Author: Jan Richter