- Title: Put climate protection at top of agenda, Austria's Greens demand
- Date: 2nd October 2019
- Summary: VIENNA, AUSTRIA (OCTOBER 2, 2019) (REUTERS) AUSTRIAN GREENS LEADER WERNER KOGLER ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE PHOTOGRAPHERS (SOUNDBITE) (German) AUSTRIAN GREENS LEADER, WERNER KOGLER, SAYING: "No matter whether it's during typical parliamentary work or during discussions for possible coalition talks, we will be led by the following motive: we will have in mind the hundreds of thousands of young people across Austria and the millions of youths in the rest of Europe as well as children and their parents and grandparents. We want to be able to look them in the eye." CAMERAMAN FILMING REPORTERS SEATED KOGLER SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (German) AUSTRIAN GREENS LEADER, WERNER KOGLER, SAYING: "Our mission will be to take Austria back from the bottom or near the bottom to the forerunners in climate protection and to adopt a climate protection deal which merits its name." REPORTER'S COMPUTER KOGLER SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (German) AUSTRIAN GREENS LEADER, WERNER KOGLER, SAYING: "This means that we won't wait forever for some kind of negotiations. We will take initiatives in parliament which point in this direction. A lot is already possible in parliament. Our thinking is that the setback in nature and environmental protection was as easy over the past two years because the Greens weren't even represented in parliament." GREENS LOGO IN VIEWFINDER VARIOUS OF KOGLER LEAVING
- Embargoed: 16th October 2019 12:59
- Keywords: Austrian Greens leader Werner Kogler election Sebastian Kurz
- Location: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
- City: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
- Country: Austria
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001AZEKR47
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Austria's Green party said on Wednesday it wanted to make the country a forerunner in climate protection again after the issue was almost neglected over the past two years when they were not represented in parliament.
Austrian voters' top concern is the environment, surveys show, which helped lift the Greens to a record 14% of the vote from less than 4% in 2017, when they crashed out of parliament.
Austrian Greens leader Werner Kogler told reporters in Vienna his party wanted to get straight to work and "won't wait forever for some kind of negotiations."
People's Party leader and former chancellor Sebastian Kurz's most likely coalition choices are to ally with the resurgent Greens, possibly in a three-way tie-up with the liberal Neos, or link up again with the far-right FPO.
(Production: Matteo Witt, Michele Sani)
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