Paroubek: EU presidency agreement not a tolerance pact with government

The leader of the opposition Social Democrats says a planned agreement with the government on the running of the Czech Republic’s European Union presidency represented neither a truce nor a tolerance pact. Jiří Paroubek said the agreement only covered some aspects of European policy, not Czech foreign policy as a whole, and not domestic politics at all. He said the Social Democrats would not support any government bills which contravened their own policies. Mr Paroubek also said he could not guarantee his party would not table a vote of no-confidence during the six-month EU presidency. The Czech Republic takes the helm of the 27-member bloc on January 1.

Author: Ian Willoughby