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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announces resignation
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Saturday announced that he would step down amid allegations of financial impropriety against his office.

Kurz said he would move to parliament as leader of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP). Foreign minister Alexander Schallenberg will replace him as chancellor, he said.

"My country is more important to me than myself," Kurz said in a televised statement.

"What we need now are stable conditions,'' he told reporters in Vienna. "So, in order to resolve the stalemate, I want to make way to prevent chaos and ensure stability."

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Oct 9th, 2021 at 06:50:46 PM EST
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Though the Bundeskanzler doesn't really have any buttons to press and the party leader is involved in every decision. We'll have to see if the Greens will swallow that, though it seems unlikely that elections will change anything fundamentally.
by generic on Sat Oct 9th, 2021 at 07:04:16 PM EST
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What about the Greens? Will they keep going as junior partner in a coalition with ÖVP?
by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Oct 10th, 2021 at 10:15:44 AM EST
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Seems like they will, as of one hour ago. Though things are still fluid.

by generic on Sun Oct 10th, 2021 at 10:36:19 AM EST
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Wait, how is it the 10th already? Anyway, as of yesterday.
by generic on Sun Oct 10th, 2021 at 11:01:24 AM EST
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Der Postillon claims that Laschet is immigrating to Austria to take the job
Vor seiner Einreise in die Alpenrepublik soll der Politiker bereits telefonisch beim österreichischen CDU-Äquivalent ÖVP vorstellig geworden sein. "Die waren begeistert, als ich mich als junge, charismatische Führungspersönlichkeit mit Regierungserfahrung vorgestellt habe, die lediglich mittelkorrupt ist. Offenbar hat es mein baldiger Vorgänger da ein wenig übertrieben", so Laschet.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Oct 9th, 2021 at 09:19:09 PM EST
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