Austria’s Sebastian Kurz opens talks with Freedom Party

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Austria’s conservative leader says he has invited the far right for talks to form a coalition government, the BC reported.

Sebastian Kurz said his People’s Party and the Freedom Party (FPÖ) had similar positions on tax cuts and immigration controls.

The step paves the way for the FPÖ’s return to government after more than a decade in opposition.

But Mr Kurz warned that his government could only be pro-European, in contrast to the Eurosceptic view of the FPÖ.

The People’s Party won last week’s parliamentary election but is well short of a majority. The only other option available to Mr Kurz to form a majority government is a coalition with the Social Democrats.

The last alliance between the Social Democrats and the conservatives fell apart this spring and there may be reluctance to renew it, correspondents say.

Mr Kurz, 31, told journalists: “The goal is clear, to form a stable government with a solid majority in parliament. If that’s not possible, a minority government is definitely an alternative.”

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