Motion of no confidence ÖVP under pressure The motion of censure announced by the list NOW against Chancellor Sebastian Kurz brought the ÖVP under pressure on Monday.

Motion of no confidence ÖVP under pressure The motion of censure announced by the list NOW against Chancellor Sebastian Kurz brought the ÖVP under pressure on Monday.

According to the SPÖ application last weekend, it must take place no later than May 29, the Wednesday after the European elections.

ÖVP motion of censure under pressure

The motion of no confidence against Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced by the list NOW put the ÖVP under considerable pressure on Monday. From FPÖ circles it said to the APA, should the ÖVP insist on the withdrawal of Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, one could support the vote at the special session of the National Council.

List founder Peter Pilz announced on Monday that he would introduce a motion of no confidence. He hopes for the votes of the SPÖ and NEOS. There could also be support from the blue government side. There they used the opportunity to vote soon to dissuade the ÖVP from the demand to «sacrifice» Kickl.

The date of the special session was still unclear on Monday. The ÖVP wants this to take place on Monday at the earliest – i.e. the day after the EU election – which the opposition sharply criticized. But FPÖ representatives were also unhappy about it.

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Mind Exercise Mon., May 20. 2019 21:49

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Really interesting, which some minds cannot even imagine. But that was the case with Strache and Gudenus before the video. Deeds speak more than empty words. Oh and what «is it still» I mean as a difficult German language is probably more our Austrian. The native language of an Austrian is not German, but Austrian. Ever heard of sound shifts?

ok-still Mon., May 20th. 2019 20:51

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German language: difficult language! In short = identitarian ideas? It’s really interesting what goes on in some heads.

Mind Exercise Mon., May 20. 2019 12:27

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Chancellor Kurz has to go too! In terms of character, I can’t see any differences to the identities.

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The Kremlin denies involvement in the events surrounding the «

Ibiza video

«. The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitri Peskov, told journalists on Monday:» It is a story that has nothing to do with us and can have nothing to do with us. «

https://123helpme.me/

The video shows how the now resigned Vice Chancellor and FPÖ chief

Heinz-Christian Strache

promised public contracts to a supposed Russian oligarch in Ibiza in 2017 if they would help his party to win the election.

«We don’t know who this woman is, whether she is of Russian nationality or origin»

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov did not want to comment on the «Ibiza video» on Monday «because it has nothing to do with Russia, the president or the government. We do not know who this woman is, whether she is of Russian nationality or origin» he added in Moscow.

No relationship with supposed niece

Oligarch Igor Makarov mentioned in the video told the Russian edition of Forbes magazine on Sunday that he was an only child and had «no relationship» with the woman in the video, whom he did not know.

According to the «Süddeutsche Zeitung», the Ibiza interlocutor of the meanwhile resigned FPÖ Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache and ex-FPÖ club chairman Johann Gudenus pretended to be Igor Makarow’s niece under the name Aljona Makarowa.

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Mind Exercise Mon., May 20. 2019 12:22

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Does Kurz simply suspect Silberstein … without evidence … how embarrassed is Mr. Kurz? Please also operate the Siamese twin black ÖVP- turquoise ÖVP publicly!

Mind Exercise Mon., May 20. 2019 12:24

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Why are some articles still not activated with comments? The censorship of the ÖVP FPÖ should now be finally lifted after this weekend. Freedom of expression should be given to all articles or none at all.

Mind Exercise Mon., May 20. 2019 12:25

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Otherwise I’ll just write my opinion in there where it doesn’t fit.

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1.5 years of turquoise-blue: reforms, «message control» and «individual cases». Well had to

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz

vacate the post.

The

Scandalous video

by Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache has shaken the ÖVP-FPÖ government after 1.5 years. Turquoise-blue has so far been shaped by reforms and above all their well-organized placement in the media – keyword «Message Control». The staccato-like measures were, however, accompanied by scandals – such as the right-wing FPÖ «individual cases» and the BVT affair.

© APA / ROLAND SCHLAGER Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) and Heinz-Christian Strache (FPÖ) on Monday, December 18, 2017, as part of the inauguration of the ÖVP-FPÖ federal government in the presidential office in Vienna.

In the video: Sebastian Kurz’s chancellorship

No conflicts in public – that was the motto

ÖVP boss Sebastian Kurz and FPÖ chairman Heinz-Christian Strache stood with the firm intention of not having any public conflicts and of living a «new style» in politics. Even during the coalition negotiations, the teams made every effort to keep communication taut. As a result, there was hardly any departure from the official government wording, the external discipline of party representatives was unusually high compared to the previous governments.

© APA / ROLAND SCHLAGER Heinz Christian Strache and Sebastian Kurz (left) as part of a federal government retreat in Seggauberg on Thursday, January 4, 2018

Also interesting: who will take over if Kurz has to leave today?

In the first year of 2018, the government launched two major reforms: the more flexible working hours demanded by business and industry and sharply criticized by employee representatives («12-hour day») and the merger of the regional health insurance funds that started in 2019, including a weakening of the employee side. Both were swiftly carried out – based on the motto «speed kills» of the first black-blue coalition: The ÖVP and FPÖ boxed the flexible working hours in a hurry without an assessment by parliament, to the great displeasure of the opposition.

Thick air with the smoking ban

The government acted in a similar way when lifting the smoking ban in restaurants that had already been decided by the previous government. This step was one of the central demands of the FPÖ in the coalition negotiations, which Strache, in particular, had insisted on. Despite criticism from within the party, Kurz gave in to this pressure, and the ban was actually overturned with the votes of the ÖVP and FPÖ.

The government was able to cover up quarrels like this with reform projects presented almost every week. Unpopular measures or scandals hardly had any impact on the polls of the coalition parties, on the contrary. They came up with sweets such as the «family bonus», which brings tax relief of around 1,500 euros per child per year. Criticism of the opposition that this only relieved higher earners fizzled out unheard and did not bring a kink in the turquoise-blue popularity ratings.

That were short Strache particularly proud

Kurz and Strache were particularly proud of the 2019 budget, which brought a balanced budget and made the government leaders speak of a «turnaround». The zero deficit was reached as early as 2018, as it later turned out – which was of course also due to the good economic situation.

And it wasn’t until April 2019 that the coalition presented its long-announced tax reform. It should be worth a total of 6.5 billion euros. The key point is a reduction in wage and income tax, which will come into effect in stages. It will also bring lower corporate income taxes.

refugee policy

Right from the start, the coalition took a tough course in refugee policy, above all Interior Minister Herbert Kickl (FPÖ), who thus made himself the favorite enemy of the government opponents. Criticism even within the ÖVP (including by the now top EU candidate Othmar Karas) was caused by the coalition’s decision to index family allowances for children living abroad. And Kickl demanded to the very end that the asylum applications be reduced to «zero». In addition, he renamed the initial reception centers for asylum seekers «departure centers».

Minimum income reform

© APA / HERBERT PFARRHOFER Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP), Heinz-Christian Strache (FPÖ) and Beate Hartinger-Klein (FPÖ) after the «Social Insurance Summit» on Thursday, 23 August 2018

The minimum income reform presented at the end of 2018, which the federal states must implement by mid-2021 at the latest, was also directed against foreigners, albeit not exclusively. It doesn’t only bring cuts for families with several children. Even immigrants with poor knowledge of German only receive 65 percent of the regular benefit of what will in future be called «social assistance». And the law amending the law on aliens, which came into force in September 2018, tightened the law: Since then, refugees can, among other things, be able to Up to 840 euros in cash can be withdrawn, and there is also permission to check cell phones, for example to check the travel route.

As a matter of principle, the government withdrew the foreigner card for as many topics as possible, be it the budget marketed as a «foreigner savings package», the aforementioned indexing of family allowances and the headscarf ban in kindergartens and elementary schools, to minimum income, the reduction of which also includes a high proportion of foreigners was established.

Accusation of attempts to change color

The affair in the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the Fight against Terrorism also caused sand in the gears of the coalition. The house search in the BVT brought the blue government side, among other things the accusation of attempts to change the color and gave the National Council an investigative committee that still meets today. The focus of criticism was also here

Interior Minister Kickl

. And after a controversial letter from his department with instructions on the police’s communication strategy, he was confronted with accusations of restricting the freedom of the press.

The many «individual cases»

They also caused recurring excitement

so-called «individual cases»

on the extreme right edge of the FPÖ. But neither the setting up of barbed wires at an asylum area in Lower Austria’s Drasenhofen by the Lower Austrian FPÖ Asylum Councilor Gottfried Waldhäusl, the racist «rat poem» of the Braunauer FPÖ Vice Mayor or the appointment of the controversial painter Odin Wiesinger to the Upper Austrian Provincial Council for Barrel Culture -Boss short to overflow.

Even the apparent (albeit contested) closeness of the FPÖ to the identities classified as right-wing extremists could not really shake the coalition. After public distancing the party leadership, Kurz was satisfied. With the videos that have now emerged, Strache is likely to have crossed the «red line» that Kurz kept talking about.

© APA / ROLAND SCHLAGER

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The chairman of the «Austria in Motion» association, suspected of being an FP donation vehicle, has denied having forwarded donations to the FPÖ. The Viennese entrepreneur Markus Braun confirmed that the association has raised 382,000 euros in donations since 2015. Forwarding it to the FPÖ was never planned and most of the money was still there anyway.

According to a report by «ZiB 2» on Sunday, an entrepreneur who wanted to remain anonymous reported that he was the outgoing FP boss

Heinz-Christian Strache

and the former Secretary General

Herbert Kickl

(FPÖ) asked to donate to the association «Austria in Motion».

The FPÖ denies having received donations from the association. Club chairman Braun also rejects this. He did not have any grants from the

Ibiza video

«- the arms manufacturer Gaston Glock or the real estate investor René Benko – or their companies. There were also no donations, sponsorships or other contributions to political parties or their support organizations.

382,000 euros in donations since 2015

However, Braun has confirmed that the association, which was founded in 2015, has since raised 382,000 euros in donations. The money was intended, among other things, for studies that were currently in preparation. Therefore, the majority of the funds (341,000 euros) are still in the club’s accounts. Braun announces that the entire association – according to him, 65 booking lines since 2015 – will be examined by a court-sworn expert and then published.

The association has come under suspicion, among other things, because its positions anchored in the statutes largely coincide with those of the FPÖ (clarification about undesirable developments in the EU, promotion of Austrian patriotism, etc.). The FPÖ member of the National Council and lawyer Markus Tschank also acted as treasurer of «Austria in Motion». He is also chairman of the Vienna Institute for Security Policy, which tomorrow, Tuesday, is co-organizing a Russia conference. Braun is also the treasurer of the Institute for Security Policy.

Alexander Landbauer as treasurer

As another treasurer of «Austria in Motion» (appointed until 10.