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Czech communists help Babis form government

The Czech parliament on Thursday gave its backing to a new minority government headed by billionaire prime minister Andrej Babis, becoming the first Czech government since the 1989 to rely on votes from the communist party. The vote ended a nearly nine-month struggle to secure a parliamentary majority behind the new government, which is composed of Babis' ANO party and the Social Democrats.

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EU wants answers to de-dramatise Brexit talks

Further talks on the Irish border could continue next week as the EU is open to "any solution" that keeps the border invisible. EU negotiator Michel Barnier said key questions remain over the UK's white paper on a future partnership.

EU urges no-deal Brexit preparation

The EU Commission urged companies, citizens, and member states to prepare in case the UK next March crashes out of the EU without a deal - on the day the new UK Brexit minister arrived in Brussels.

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