No Velvet Divorce in sight as government crisis deepens
On Wednesday afternoon a crowd of about two hundred braved the cold and gathered outside the Czech government offices, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Stanislav Gross. They are part of a group of citizens gathering signatures to put pressure on Mr Gross to step down over his family's personal finances. So far they have gathered about 25,000 signatures. In the meantime the main players in the government crisis, the leadership of the three coalition parties met on Wednesday evening to discuss ways out of the current deadlock. David Vaughan is with me in the studio. Was there any progress?
But that wasn't enough for the Social Democrats...
So is this the end of the line?
Can Mr Gross rule without the Christian Democrats, if their three ministers resign or are sacked from the government?
"I think he'll try, because early elections would probably be a disaster for his party. But his problem is that the smallest coalition party, the Freedom Union, have said that they won't serve in a minority government that relies on the tacit support of the Communists. The President, Vaclav Klaus, will also certainly not be keen on a government dependent on the Communists - this was one of the things he ruled out when he approved the current coalition. On Thursday morning Mr Gross told the president that he would like him to play a more active role in looking for a solution, so it will be interesting to see if, and in what way, Mr Klaus will take up the offer."