Austria's Sebastian Kurz calls far-right Freedom Party to coalition talks

Austria's Sebastian Kurz calls far-right Freedom Party to coalition talks

Sebastian Kurz is attempting to form a coalition

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Austria's new leader Sebastian Kurz has announced that he has invited the far-right Freedom Party to talks about forming a coalition government.

Kurz said the party has similar plans on tax and immigration to his People's Party, according to the BBC.

However Kurz, whose party emerged triumphant in the legislative elections on October 15, says his government must be in favour of the EU, whereas the Freedom Party has campaigned against the union.

The Freedom Party has been in opposition for more than 10 years and has previously suggested Kurz had stolen some of its policies.

Kurz is obliged to form a coalition because he did not receive a majority in the election.

The only other way he could secure the necessary majority would be to go into a coalition with the Social Democrats, however reports claim there is little support for this, as the last coalition between the two parties collapsed earlier this year.

Kurz said: "The goal is clear, to form a stable government with a solid majority in parliament. If that's not possible, a minority government is definitely an alternative."

Immigration was the main issue tackled in election campaigning, due to many migrants and refugees from both the Middle East and Africa moving to Austria in recent years.