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Kurz omits immigration in priorities to form a coalition in Austria

September 30, 2019

VIENNA, 30 Sep. (DPA / EP) –

The leader of the Popular Party of Austria (OVP), Sebastian Kurz, has focused on the economic challenges of his priorities when engaging in conversations to try to form a government coalition, without referring to a potential tightening of migration policies.

The OVP and Los Verdes were the big winners of Sunday's election day, when both parties won 37 and 14 percent of the votes respectively. Kurz's partner during his previous stage in the Government, the far-right Freedom Party, is heading for opposition after a drastic loss of support.

“The challenge will be to guarantee good economic growth in the future,” Kurz said, in an interview with the public broadcaster Oe1 in which he warned of the effects of a possible recession in Germany, of the process of leaving the United Kingdom from the EU and trade tensions with the United States.

Kurz, who had alluded to hardening of migration policies at other times, has not mentioned it on this occasion as a condition for starting conversations. The Greens, which now sound like possible partners, have not referred to this issue and have instead called for measures against climate change.

The leader of the environmental party, Werner Kogler, who has limited himself to recognizing the “Christian traditions” of Austria, has proposed a comprehensive strategy to cut pollutant emissions, without necessarily going through a specific rate.