Veto threat: Kogler criticizes Kurz

Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler spoke out in Saturday’s two interviews against Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s (ÖVP) veto threat on the EU budget. In Ö1, the Green Federal Spokesman called the corresponding procedure “non-European and exaggerated”. In the “Press am Sonntag” he indirectly holds populism against the head of government.

In concrete terms, he answers the question of whether Kurz’s threat is negotiating tactic or populism: “Probably the second.” Even if the Greens could imagine 1.3 percent of the economic output in terms of contributions, Kogler stands by the government position, according to which one should only contribute one percent. With the 1.11 percent proposed by the commission, the Greens boss would obviously have no problems: “In the end, it’s about 10 to 20 cents a day for every Austrian.”

Schallenberg rejects criticism of Kogler

Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg (ÖVP) has rejected Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler (Greens) ‘s criticism of the turquoise veto threats on the EU budget. In a statement to the APA, he said: “Responsible use of taxpayers’ money is not un-European but the order of the day.”

Schallenberg emphasized that they were in a close alliance with the other net payers. The Commission’s proposal would mean 1.5 billion more annually compared to Austria’s current contribution. One rejects that.

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