As expected, the Greens have decided to start formal coalition negotiations with the OVP. Perhaps the surprising thing was that federal spokesman Werner Kogler was able to announce a unanimous vote in the competent extended federal executive on late Sunday afternoon. The OVP will discuss this decision in the evening and announce its coalition decision Monday morning.
Twenty-seven persons were entitled to vote in the EBV and all followed Kogler's suggestion, which sees at least one basis for real negotiations after the sounding with the OVP. Of course, the federal spokesman was not tired to emphasize the open end of these talks: "How that ends, we do not know."
"This is of course a risk"
Even those who were not eligible to vote in the EBV were quite confident today. The Neo-MEP Michel Reimon, who had been angry a few days ago about the alleged lack of secrecy of the OVP, emphasized to the APA expressly to have entered for the start of the coalition negotiations. He sees the chances for a positive conclusion at just over 50 percent.
Sigrid Maurer, who was not only given charming words by the OVP in the past, expressed her goodwill towards the upcoming talks in the APA interview. The most distanced was still the Viennese Green Party leader Birgit Hebein, who asked to their assessment of the negotiations said: "It will be tough."
Kogler also sees that the negotiations, which are to start in a few days, will not become a matter of course. "Of course this is a risk, but we want to take the step." Also for the representatives of the pure doctrine of the national spokesman had a warning ready: A possible cooperation would need many compromises. These should not be denounced then.
But also for the OVP Kogler had brought a message after the four-hour EBV. The last attempt at cooperation in 2003 was trying to make a black and blue policy with a green machine. Therefore, one had gotten up at the time and would do so again, should the events at that time be repeated.
At first Kogler looks positively to the negotiations, however, because the alternative could be a turquoise-blue coalition. He countered this with turquoise green, a collaboration that could bring together the compatibility of ecology and economy, as well as an information freedom law or measures to combat child poverty. Finally, with the Greens in the government, a pro-European orientation of Austria would be ensured.
Land level according to Anschober "less ideologically charged"
Those country representatives who already govern with the OVP were quite taken by the upcoming negotiations, but stressed that things were not comparable. After all, the state level was less ideologically charged, said about the Upper Austrian Green State Councilor Rudi Anschober. The Vorarlberg County Councilor Johannes Rauch also spoke of a "different league". He says, however, that one could certainly take over experiences from the countries, such as the Vorarlberg minimum security model for the federal government.
The fact that the OVP says no to negotiations is considered virtually eliminated. Party leader Sebastian Kurz consults with party leaders on Sunday evening and will presumably announce Monday morning his decision to negotiate with the Greens. The FPO responded to today's developments with panicked words: The idea of a free and secure Austria had died, said Secretary General Christian Hafenecker. At the same time he accused the Green Anbiederung. (APA)