- Title: Green party leader Kogler in a "strong position" in Austrian election
- Date: 29th September 2019
- Summary: VIENNA, AUSTRIA (SEPTEMBER 29, 2019) (REUTERS) ARRIVAL OF GREEN PARTY LEADER WERNER KOGLER KOGLER GOES INTO THE POLLING STATION KOGLER COMES OUT OF THE POLLING STATION AND POSES FOR SELFIES WITH A FAN CAMERA PEOPLE WAITING (SOUNDBITE) (German) GREEN PARTY LEADER WERNER KOGLER, SAYING: "I think we have managed to get across quite a lot considering the little means we had. (REPORTER ASKS IF HE THINKS THEY HAVE A STRONG POSITION) I have to believe that, because if we don't come out with a strong position then I have to resign tomorrow, that is for sure." KOGLER GREETS A CHARACTER WEARING A PUPPET HEAD THAT LOOKS LIKE KOGLER KOGLER POSING FOR PHOTOS WITH THE MAN WEARING THE PUPPET HEAD THAT LOOKS LIKE KOGER
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- Keywords: Greens Werner Kogler snap elections voting polling station
- Location: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
- City: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
- Country: Austria
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001AYPLPAF
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- Story Text: Austria's Green party are going into Austria's snap election in a position of power, Green party leader Werner Kogler said as he cast his ballot on Sunday.
Incumbent Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's People's Party (OVP) is widely expected to win the parliamentary elections, meaning he would be tasked with forming a coalition that has a majority in parliament. Usually there are exploratory talks with various parties at first, and one option for Kurz will likely be a three-way tie up with the Greens and the liberal Neos party.
But Austria's Greens will only pursue coalition talks with the presumed winner if he quickly shows he is serious about a public investment package in environmental measures, their leader said.
Polls have barely budged for months in Austria, where the collapse of Kurz's coalition with the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) after a video sting scandal in May paved the way for the Sept. 29 parliamentary vote.
But Kogler has made clear that with the right concessions a coalition deal would be possible between his left-wing party and Kurz, who is widely reviled by the Greens' base.
Kurz's other options will probably be to form another coalition with the far right or an unlikely tie-up with the Social Democrats.
The Greens' manifesto calls for an end to roughly 3.8 billion to 4.7 billion euros ($4.2 billion to $5.1 billion) in subsidies for fossil fuels like heating oil and diesel, and for the proceeds to be invested in environmental measures like expanding public transport and renewable energy sources.
While there is little common ground between the two sides, Kogler has said it was his party's responsibility to at least try to prevent another coalition between the OVP and FPO.
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