New Austrian government takes office

Austria's new government was sworn in on Tuesday. For the first time the conservative ÖVP will govern the country together with The Greens, with 33-year-old Sebastian Kurz becoming chancellor for a second time. Eight of the 17 ministers are women - a record for the Austrian cabinet. But how stable and successful will it be?

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Der Standard (AT) /

Kurz could make history

If this courageous alliance is followed by courageous policies the chancellor will be doing a good thing for Austria in the long term, Der Standard concludes:

“Although he has to take into account the 600,000 right-wing voters he inherited from the FPÖ in 2017 and 2019, conservative voters can also be won over with a policy that is not extremist but effective - and which takes the reality of the situation in Austria into account. ... This is what we have long been waiting for, especially on the migration issue. Austria is a wonderful country, the government programme says on a lyrical note. Okay, but it will be even more wonderful if we have a serious climate policy, a sensible integration policy and an economic policy that strengthens mass purchasing power. Basically, Kurz has yet to get started with serious policies.”

Hospodářské noviny (CZ) /

A good chance of stability

Hospodářské noviny is optimistic based on how the coalition partners have presented themselves so far:

“Both partners are respecting the agreed distribution of competences. They resolve their differences of opinion internally, not via the media. And The Greens' involvement in the government offers a unique opportunity. As a governing party they can convince the Austrians of their sense of responsibility and thus strengthen their own voter base. Sebastian Kurz has put a lot of thought into his turquoise-green experiment. He sees it as the most stable combination in the present situation. He hopes that - unlike the coalition with the FPÖ - it will last the entire five-year term. Moreover, another early election would undermine his reputation as a reliable and promising politician whose importance extends beyond Austria.”