- 20 Dec 2017 9:00 AM
In Magyar Hírlap, Mariann Őry welcomes the decision of the Austrian People’s arty to choose the anti-immigration freedom Party as its coalition partner. She confronts this choice to the one being made by Angela Merkel of Germany who is to ally herself again with the Social democrats. In her description of the events in Austria, ‘the future has begun’, in sharp contrast with Germany where as she sees it, the Christian Dmocrats have stillnot realised that alliance with the Social Democrats is a recipe ‘of slow death’.
On hvg.hu, by contrast, Péter Techet believes the best solution for Austria has always been a grand coalition lead by the Social Democrats. The last time the people’s Party ruled without them was a period of instability and corruption, and it is no wonder that voters reverted to the proven recipe of a grand coalition.
Techet dismisses the opinion the deputy floor leader of the Austrian Social Democrats who warned that ‘the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy is back’. He believes although Chancellor Kurz agrees with Prime Minister Orbán of Hungary in curbing immigration and opposing a more centralised European Union, he is not planning to increase the power of the executive – nor does he command the necessary sweeping majority in Parliament to do so.
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