The Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), chairman of the governing coalition, on Saturday finally rejected the proposal of its minority partner, the Greens, to promote the adoption of new budgets against the background of the motion of no confidence planned for the next Tuesday and that means the end of the government of Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
On Tuesday morning, at the request of Vice Chancellor and Environment Chief Werner Kogler, the Greens proposed holding a Council of Ministers, but the idea was rejected by the ÖVP, reported the Asutriaca APA news agency.
Gegen Kurz is being investigated for financial crime. Briefly refused to have committed illegal acts and refused to resign as requested by the opposition and the Greens themselves.
Kogler said Saturday that although the crisis is causing the government to overthrow, “nothing stands in the way of a budget decision.”
Strategic projects such as investments in public transport, new financing for kindergartens, the digitization of schools and the purchase of vaccines against the coronavirus depended on the approval of public finances, recalled Kogler. “We have a responsibility. Let’s move this forward,” he argued.
On Tuesday, all eyes will be on the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ), which may be preparing a four-man qualification, which would include the controversial right-wing extremist Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ).
The SPD leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner has defended the possibility of renouncing her promise not to work with the FPÖ, because “extraordinary situations require extraordinary measures”, according to the ORF. In addition to the FPÖ, the coalition Los Verdes and the liberal NEOS party would belong.