Talks on government’s future continue separately

The leaderships of the three ruling parties are meeting separately for consultations following the collapse of talks on an addendum to the coalition agreement on Sunday. The talks ended abruptly late Sunday night after the two stronger parties in government -the Civic Democrats and TOP 09 – told the junior party Public Affairs they were not willing to debate any further demands. Public Affairs –which had called for a re-write of the coalition agreement, four ministerial posts and newly a bigger budget for the transport ministry will now have to decide whether it is willing to remain in the centre-right cabinet under the present conditions. Public Affairs had threatened to walk out of the government unless an addendum to the coalition agreement was concluded by the end of the month. No further talks between the three parties have been scheduled.