Austrian Social Democrats are considering approaching the far-right FPÖ to form a government with them, both liberals and greens, to replace the current government led by corruption suspect Sebastian Kurz. “Extraordinary situations require exceptional measures,” SPÖ president Pamela Rende Wagner told ORF public radio.
Kurz’ ÖVP is currently forming a coalition with the Greens. The latter had already called for the chancellor to resign after it was found that the court suspected him of corruption. Money from the Ministry of Finance was used to manipulate opinion polls.
If the current alliance is replaced by a four-party alliance with the far right, the Social Democrats will have to reverse their previous decision not to cooperate with the FPÖ at the federal level. Rende Wagner described such a four-party coalition as “unlikely but possible”.
“The bonding agent is to get rid of the Kurtz regime and restore stability and order in Austria,” SPÖ newspaper told Die Press on Saturday.
The head of the SPÖ said that if such an alliance were to really take place, the specialist ministers would have to respect the boundaries of their departments. For example, the head of the FPÖ, Herbert Kekel, a fierce opponent of the Corona vaccine, will not be able to become health minister, Rende Wagner said. In such a four-party coalition, she said, a socialist would be ready to become a chancellor.
Meanwhile, Kurz continues to deny the allegations, but a vote of no-confidence is scheduled for Tuesday. The other parties in Austria are busy these days discussing alternative coalitions, in order to avoid a new ballot.
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