PM Sobotka to meet Angela Merkel on Germany visit

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka begins on Thursday a two-day visit to Germany, his first trip to the country since his appointment. The Czech cabinet leader is set to meet German President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel and other officials during his trip. The visit should strengthen the cooperation of the two countries on shaping integrated Europe, Mr Sobotka said. The Czech prime minister is also scheduled to visit the Volkswagen headquarters in Wolfsburg; the German firm owns the Czech carmaker Škoda Auto.