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 committee (EBV) on late Sunday afternoon. The OVP is discussing this decision in the evening and will announce its coalition decision on Monday. </p><div>
<p>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."
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.
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 the 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.
The steps taken to form a new government:
29th National Council election: The OVP (71 seats) is growing strongly and has a majority with the SPO (40), the FPO (31) and the Greens (26), even without NEOS (15 seats). The FPO loses massively, party leader Norbert Hofer speaks immediately of the opposition. The SPO, which is also losing, is open to government negotiations – and the Greens continue to emphasize the distance to the OVP. 30. 9. OVP boss Sebastian Kurz suspects, "that this time it could be a bit more challenging". Political scientists are sure that the coalition will not stand before the Styria election on 24 November. 1.10. The interim government offers the resignation, Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen entrusts them with the continuation of the business. Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein hopes that the new government will stand until Christmas. The Greens believe that it may take until Easter. 1.10. The OVP board meets – and shows no preference for a government partner. The FPO executive board suspends Heinz-Christian Strache – and nominates Hofer as third national council president. The Greens meet behind closed doors. 2.10. Hofburg talks: Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen receives Kurz, Rendi-Wagner and Hofer. The FPO boss shows willingness to "reassess" the situation should it become impossible for Kurz to form a government. 10.3. Van der Bellen welcomes Kogler and Meinl-Reisinger. The NEOS boss states: "The ball is not with us."