Fico’s and Paroubek’s parties to merge?

THE CZECH social democrats (ČSSD) of former Czech PM Jiří Paroubek and the Smer party of Slovakia’s PM Robert Fico are allegedly planning to merge to form a Czechoslovak Social Democratic Party, according to the Czech Lidové Noviny daily.

The daily reported yesterday that top-secret talks on the merger were underway in Prague. Top Smer members confirmed the information for the paper unofficially, although both parties continue to deny the report.

According to the Sme daily, Smer is considering the merger but no final decision has been made.

The ČSSD is allegedly interested in the merger because of its court case worth billions of crowns with lawyer Zdeněk Altner, who represented the ČSSD in court in a dispute over the party’s headquarters in the Lidový Dům building in Prague.

Altner is demanding more than CZK19 billion from the ČSSD, and in January this year filed a motion for the ČSSD to be declared bankrupt due to the claim. A court in Prague is now dealing with the case.

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