Austria coalition to roll cabinet

Austria: Sebastian Kurz Announces Coalition Deal with Green Party

Austria’s conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) and the Green Party struck a coalition agreement: “It was possible to combine the best of both worlds,” @sebastiankurz said. “It is possible to protect the climate and borders.”

Sebastian Kurz said, “The distribution of posts corresponds to the priorities of each party,” the 33-year-old said, adding that his own party would head the interiors, foreign, defence, and finance ministries among others.

The Greens will hold the environment, justice, social affairs and sports and culture portfolios with chief Werner Kogler, 58, nominated as Kurz’s vice-chancellor.

People’s Party (OeVP) leader Sebastian Kurz said that his party would have 10 ministers in the new government while the Greens would have four to implement the programme which aims to make Austria a “forerunner” in Europe to protect the climate.

The coalition agreement comes three months after snap elections that saw both parties make gains following the collapse of Kurz’s previous coalition with the far-right.

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