Government crisis: faint signs of compromise
On Monday another voice was added to the row over Prime Minister Stanislav Gross's private finances. The veteran of the Czech political scene with the reputation of one of Central Europe's elder statesmen, Vaclav Havel, added his voice to the debate. Interestingly, he was sympathetic towards the beleaguered prime minister.
"I must say I'm disappointed with the way things are looking in the government. What really upsets me is the way that whenever someone becomes the most popular politician in the country, there always follows a campaign to kick him in the heels."
I'm joined by David Vaughan, who is following developments. Has anything happened over the last 24 hours?
"There haven't been any drastic developments. It was interesting hearing what Mr Havel had to say. He is a figure with a good deal of moral authority, and his take was that he couldn't really see anything seriously wrong in Mr Gross's private finances - although he didn't hide his more serious misgivings about the business dealings of Mr Gross's wife Sarka. In the last few days the focus does seem to have shifted towards her and away from the PM himself."
On Saturday the Christian Democrats, which have three ministers in the government, said that Mr Gross must go. Have they toned down their rhetoric?
And I gather that the President, Vaclav Klaus, has also intervened actively for the first time.
"Yes, he'll be meeting both party leaders on Wednesday, and has called on them both to try to be constructive and find a way out of the blind alley. Unlike the party which he used to lead, the opposition Civic Democrats, Mr Klaus has made it clear that he doesn't favour the idea of early elections, and would prefer the current coalition to stick together until elections in two years' time."
So where do we go from here?
"A lot depends on Wednesday's talks. There are signals that both sides are stepping back from the brink, and what the coalition parties may well try to do is to gain a bit of extra time to reassess the situation and weigh up the options."