Right-wing parties TOP 09 and the Civic Democrats are considering joining forces for next year’s regional elections, iHned.cz reported on Tuesday. In some regions the groupings could field joint candidate lists, the news website said. A member of the broader leadership of the Civic Democrats, Radovan Necid, said the party were in the highest state of emergency and could not afford to be dogmatic. TOP 09 chairman Karel Schwarzenberg said he would not be opposed to local regional organisations hooking up with the Civic Democrats. The two parties have been overtaken in popularity by the right-of-centre ANO, headed by tycoon and finance minister Andrej Babiš.