07:50 GMT14 July 2020
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    While the German SPD and CSU parties are struggling to form a new grand coalition during tough negotiations, Austria has already successfully formed its new government despite the fact that Vienna held its parliamentary election three weeks after Berlin.

    Thirty-one-year-old Sebastian Kurz will be sworn in as chancellor on Monday after his People's Party (OVP) reached a consensus with Heinz-Christian Strache's right-wing Freedom Party (FPO) on the formation of a coalition government on Saturday.

    The new Austrian leader who has become the youngest head of government in Europe is being perceived as an ambitious and charismatic politician capable of making tough and efficient decisions.

    His coalition with Strache creates an impression of a stable one, but whether it will run "as smoothly and harmoniously as it seems," is unclear, German Spiegel magazine wrote.

    "It can already be heard from the OVP that the chancellorship has cost [Kurz] ‘a lot' and that he was forced ‘to make too many concessions,'" the magazine wrote.

    Although the OVP has received 31.5 percent of the votes and the FPO — significantly less, almost 26 percent, members of the right-wing party were nominated for key ministerial posts in the government on Saturday, including the vice chancellor, as well as the foreign, interior and defense ministers.

    This means that the right-wing forces will now play a significant role in European politics, a move that is being perceived by many European experts with concerns.

    However, the German Welt newspaper doesn't make any sinister forecasts and argues that "the coalition program resembles neither a call for revolution, nor a strategy paper on Austrofascism."

    It also added that "Austria is still a stable democracy to rely on."

    At the same time, the media outlet noted that the policies of the new Austrian government are still likely to lead to significant changes concerning migration issues.

    "Sebastian Kurz won't let Brussels dictate him what to do," the German Welt newspaper wrote. "It may be even that in a few years, the current Vienna coalition will be seen as a turning point in the European refugee policy," the media outlet continued.

    During his election campaign Kurz called for tougher migration rules and the swift deportation of asylum seekers whose requests were rejected.
    The EU has been experiencing the worst migration crisis in its history since 2015, with hundreds of thousands of migrants arriving from Africa and the Middle East to avoid violence and war in their home countries.


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