Austria Coalition with Far-Right Freedom Party Sworn in

Politics | December 18, 2017, Monday // 14:47|  views


Austria's new coalition government between conservatives and the far right has been sworn in in Vienna, reported BBC. 

The Freedom Party (FPÖ) - the junior partner - is the only far-right party to get into power in the EU.

The FPÖ and People's Party (ÖVP) plan to implement stricter rules for asylum seekers, after immigration proved a major concern for Austrian voters.

The coalition says Austria will stay in the EU. The new chancellor is Sebastian Kurz, 31 - Europe's youngest leader.

The FPÖ has received some key posts in the coalition, taking charge of interior and defence, and being allowed to choose the new foreign minister.

The FPÖ has a co-operation agreement with the ruling United Russia party of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the FPÖ says it wants to get the EU sanctions on Russia eased.

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Tags: Freedom Party, People's Party, Sebastian Kurz, Austria


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