Czech ANO party wants to join European liberals

The ANO party of the ruling coalition has asked to join the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), the third strongest group in the European Parliament, newly elected MEP Pavel Telička told journalists on Monday. A decision is expected in the coming weeks. ANO won the recent European elections in the Czech Republic, gaining four out of the country’s 21 mandates in the EP. ALDE leader, former Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt, has already voiced interest in cooperating with ANO.