Kaiser supports red and black in federal government

Governor of Carinthia Peter Kaiser (SPÖ) is once again pushing for the formation of a federal coalition with the ÖVP. This old “grand coalition” “will be good for Austria,” he told T1. Burgenland Governor Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ) has nothing to gain. On the other hand, Governor of Styria Christopher Drexler (ÖVP) “clearly” prefers the establishment of a coalition between ÖVP and SPÖ instead of FPÖ, but Economic Union President Harald Mahrer (ÖVP) does not make a commitment on this issue.

Chamber president Kronen emphasizes in the Zeitung that he has “no preference” for the coalition partner. However, for the first time in a long time, praise is pouring in from an ÖVP politician for FPÖ leader Herbert Kickl. According to Mahrer, he “realized that something had to be done about the shortage of skilled workers”. Kickl was able to imagine the summer guest worker model. Therefore, according to “Krone”, Mahrer thinks that the FP leader is moving away from strict immigration restrictions.

Drexler expresses himself in a completely different way. In “ZiB2” he said he had “excellent cooperation” with the SPÖ in Styria. We work together safely and well: “I believe that cooperation is also possible at the federal level, regardless of who is the leader of the SPÖ.” When asked whether he would “by far” prefer a coalition with the SPÖ to a coalition with the Freedom Party, the governor answered in the affirmative.

Some people in SPÖ might want to hear this. Tyrol’s SPÖ boss, deputy governor Georg Dornauer, sees “a stable two-party coalition with the ÖVP” as the goal; Vienna’s SPÖ mayor, Michael Ludwig, finds the Kaiser’s arguments “conclusive”.

Kaiser, who was optimistic that the cooperation between the SPÖ and the ÖVP could be successful, said: “If you want to achieve something and have the necessary majority for it, then you will have to compromise.” Carinthia, where red and black have ruled together for 11 years, can be an example of this. The Kaiser made influential media appearances in December with Tyrolean Governor Anton Mattle (ÖVP) and before that with Drexler, showing that among his colleagues there were those who supported the revival of the long-serving coalition. Your two parties “together shaped the history of the Second Republic,” Kaiser told Ö1.

However, Burgenland Governor Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ) does not currently have much to gain from the SPÖ-ÖVP coalition proposal. From his perspective, now is not the time to strategize and divide functions. “The goal of social democracy should be to win the election,” Doskozil emphasized on the sidelines of a press conference on Tuesday. After that you can continue watching. In any case, the SPÖ should not serve merely as a stirrup supporter of the ÖVP.

Ludwig views such a coalition more favorably. After all, SPÖ-ÖVP governments helped build the Second Republic for decades, he said at a press conference. These are two very different parties, which sometimes makes it difficult to work together, but the coalition will represent different groups in the population. The SPÖ has always ruled out forming a coalition with the FPÖ, and Ludwig, who works with NEOS in Vienna, does not support further exclusion of the parties.

Tyrol deputy governor Dornauer also stated that both the ÖVP and the SPÖ had taken responsibility for Austria in the past and had “significantly shaped this country and our democracy”. “It is time to breathe new life into this successful model. Only a sensible policy from the center can bring the edges to unity where they belong,” said Tyrol’s SPÖ chairman.

The FPÖ merely mocked the debate: “SPÖ can leverage its core competence here and use Excel to create a gender-equal postal system for its joint candidate list. (…) This is perhaps the last chance for a symbiosis between the two parties.”

(APA)

Source: Vienna

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