“The varnish is peeling off for Sebastian Kurz”. That was the title of my comment in New Europe about the Austrian Chancellor in Aprilaccording t. Last weekrelatedStories, his political career ended in turmoil after new judicial procedures against him and eight others close to him related to corruption and distorted opinion polls became public.
Three opposition parties announced a vote of no confidence in parliament, and even the coalition partner of Kurz, the Green partyThe discretion to discern what happens after confidence is lost, wanted to join in.? With a sure majority against him, there was only one way out – Kurz, who is only 35 years old and who was Austria’s youngest chancellor at the age of31, stepped down and opted for the still influential position as leader of the fraction of his party in the Austrian ParliamentThe Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic a. He remains head of the biggest party in Austria – the Volkspartei (?VP).
As all his cabinet members, several governors of provinces and other party leaders remained loyal to Kurz, he was able to choose his own successor. Foreign Minister, Alexander Schallenberg, a career diplomat, was sworn in by Federal President, Alexander Van der Bellen, a former green politician. Van der Bellen criticized the damage that the latest scandal caused iin Austria and even excused himself for having been involved in talks with Kurz.