- Title: Austrian conservatives and Greens strike New Year's coalition deal
- Date: 1st January 2020
- Summary: VIENNA, AUSTRIA (JANUARY 1, 2020) (REUTERS) AUSTRIAN CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE'S PARTY LEADER SEBASTIAN KURZ (CENTRE LEFT) WITH TEAM AT CONFERENCE TABLE CLOSE OF KURZ CAMERAMAN GREENS LEADER WERNER KOGLER (CENTRE) WITH TEAM CLOSE OF KOGLER CAMERAS KURZ AND KOGLER ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE CAMERAS (SOUNDBITE) (German) AUSTRIAN CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE'S PARTY LEADER, SEBASTIAN KURZ, SAYING: "We reached an agreement, a breakthrough, and will with our teams try to clarify all the details overnight." PHOTOGRAPHERS (SOUNDBITE) (German) AUSTRIAN CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE'S PARTY LEADER, SEBASTIAN KURZ, SAYING: "Frankly, these negotiations on the government were not easy, because both parties are based on very different foundations. But, in my opinion we achieved an excellent result. We managed not to limit ourselves to minimalist compromise, but instead to forge the best, of the two worlds." MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (German) AUSTRIAN CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE'S PARTY LEADER, SEBASTIAN KURZ, SAYING: "It is possible to reduce the tax burden and simultaneously to steer the tax system toward ecology. And it is possible to protect the climate and the borders. You will see a programme that continues to reduce the tax burden for the working people, but also measures against illegal migration and the political Islam." KOGLER ADDRESSING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (German) AUSTRIAN GREENS LEADER, WERNER KOGLER, SAYING: "Austria will, I believe, have the most intense and largest transparency packages in recent decades, with an offensive toward free information and, if you wish, toward a transparent state." CAMERAS KURZ AND KOGLER SHAKING HANDS, LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 15th January 2020 23:07
- Keywords: Austria coalition deal conservatives elections greens
- Location: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
- City: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
- Country: Austria
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001BUCDD8N
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- Story Text: Austrian conservative leader Sebastian Kurz struck a coalition deal on Wednesday with the Greens to ensure his return to power and bring the left-wing party into government for the first time, three months after Kurz won a parliamentary election.
The deal marks a swing left for Kurz, whose last coalition was with the far-right Freedom Party. It also means Austria will join fellow European Union member states Sweden and Finland in having the Greens in government, albeit in a junior role, at a time of growing calls for urgent action on climate change.
After a final round of coalition talks on New Year's Day and two days of leaks of new Cabinet members' names, Kurz and his Greens counterpart said they had struck a deal, as widely expected. They held off, however, on providing details of their plans - those will be presented to the public on Thursday.
"We have reached an agreement," Kurz told reporters standing next to Greens leader Werner Kogler.
The two will become chancellor and vice chancellor of the new government, and the Greens will control just four of 15 ministries, roughly reflecting their performance in the Sept. 29 election, which Kurz's People's Party (OVP) won with 37.5% of the vote while the Greens came in fourth with 13.9%.
"It is possible to reduce the tax burden and to ecologize the tax system," Kurz said, referring to core campaign pledges of each party and hinting at the deal's contents. The Greens said they wanted an investment package in environmental measures and to make products that damage the environment more expensive.
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