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There are enough reasons to express mistrust to Sebastian Kurz. And not just since the government crisis he was responsible for. The distrust of Kurz began two years ago when he blew up a functioning federal government just to pull himself into power - and together with him the right wing FPÖ. The 17 months of the ÖVP / FPÖ reign are characterized by freezing social cuts, a refusal to enter into dialogue, a weakening of democracy, right-wing scandals and a policy of driving over it.
Now his turquoise-blue experiment has blown up when the Strache Ibiza video became known. He alone is responsible for it. But he takes no responsibility. In the greatest government crisis of the Second Republic, he did not ensure stability, but only pursued one power-political goal: the sole government of the ÖVP.
Our top five reasons why we express our distrust to Sebastian Kurz:
Briefly drives over the people
Sebastian Kurz is responsible for a policy that is exclusively committed to his major donors from industry and business. The interests and needs of people do not matter for a short time. ÖVP and FPÖ have overturned the protection of nonsmokers. Kurz ignored the concerns of the nearly 900,000 signatories of the referendum for the protection of non-smokers. The 60-hour working week also hit Kurz, although over 100,000 people protested against it and health and safety experts warned of the harmful consequences. By turning off the 20,000 employment campaign, Kurz took away all opportunities and prospects for older job seekers.
Briefly weakens democracy
Scandals over brown ideas determined the ÖVP / FPÖ reign. Dozens of so-called "individual cases" are known - from Nazi song books to the "rat poem" to entanglements with right-wing extremists. Fraternity members filled key positions and the state was infiltrated. The Chancellor was silent and did not draw any conclusions. Not even when his Minister of the Interior triggered a security scandal involving the Austrian secret service with illegal house searches and endangered the internal security of our country. He watched as the FPÖ attacked the free press, especially the ORF, almost every day and how independent journalism as a cornerstone of democracy was weakened. Turquoise-blue decided to monitor the Austrians, at the same time the judiciary was starved and the maintenance of the rule of law was endangered.
Kurz refuses to speak to anyone
The lack of dialogue of the ÖVP under Sebastian Kurz is particularly noticeable in his dealings with parliament. Legislative initiatives such as the 60-hour week were deliberately assigned to the wrong committees (economic instead of social committee) in order to suppress critical voices. Parliamentary questions were usually only answered superficially by the government, while Kurz was regularly absent from the plenary. He is also unwilling to enter into dialogue with civil society actors and with federal states and municipalities: he refused to talk to the Protestant community on the Good Friday regulation, the social partners were cut completely in the debate about the 60-hour week and the federal states on the minimum income and bypassed childcare.
Briefly smashed the welfare state
Austria's success story is and always has been one of social cohesion. But Kurz has launched an unprecedented attack on social partnership, health care, solidarity and cohesion. Nobody should care about others, everyone should extend their elbows. Kurz and Strache didn’t care about the workers, the pensioners, the sick and people in need. You can see this in the cut in social assistance, the 60-hour week, the abolition of emergency assistance and the cancellation of the 20,000 campaign for older unemployed people.
Kurz is an ice cold power politician
In the biggest government crisis of the Second Republic, Sebastian Kurz acted solely out of lust for power, self-interest and party-political interests. Despite the Ibiza scandal video, Kurz would have continued the coalition with the FPÖ if the ÖVP had received the Ministry of the Interior. After the failure of the government, Kurz never sought the support or cooperation of the other parliamentary parties. Instead of taking confidence-building measures, Kurz only offered the SPÖ and the other opposition parties mock talks. He refused to fill the former FPÖ-led ministries with independent experts and thus to ensure stability. Instead, Sebastian Kurz installed an ÖVP sole government that dances to his tune.
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