The Trump Effect is Coming to Austria

It’s a pivotal moment for politics in Austria, as the ÖVP (Österreichische Volkspartei, Austrian People’s Party) and the FPÖ (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, Austrian Freedom Party) launch a new coalition government with Sebastian “Boy” Kurz (ÖVP) as chancellor and Heinz-Christian Strache (FPÖ) as vice-chancellor.

The last time there was a coalition between the ÖVP and the FPÖ was in early 2000 when the late Jörg Haider was the leader of the latter party. The EU threatened to impose sanctions on Austria for its inclusion of right-wing extremists in the government. A major crisis was only averted by the resignation of Mr. Haider as the party’s leader. Back then there were only 15 member states of the EU, so reaching consensus for a similar cordon sanitaire this time will probably be more difficult.

Egri Nök tells me that a German public broadcast today referred to Mr. Kurz as a Pimpf, a Hitler Youth Boy. She says, “They are going totally ape[redacted].”

The following report by Egri was posted earlier today at Vlad Tepes in a slightly different form.

The Trump Effect Is Coming To Austria — New Government Announces Program

by Egri Nök

[Photo caption: Sebastian Kurz, ÖVP, will be Europe’s youngest leader, 31 years old. FPÖ-chief Heinz-Christian Strache (r.) will be vice-chancellor.]

An original translation from Die Welt:

Austrian Government Program

Asylum seekers to hand over mobile phones and cash

Austria will adopt a new style with the new ÖVP-FPÖ government. This had been clear for quite a while. But what are the plans of the coalition under the new chancellor Kurz? The government program “For our Austria”, Für unser Österreich, details it.

After seven weeks of negotiations, ÖVP and FPÖ agreed on a 182-page strong government program for the next five years. The coalition of conservatives and right-wing-populists declare their clear dedication for the EU.

The preface of the pact says: “A strong Austria, where we can seize the opportunities of the 21st century, can only exist in a strong Europe”. A fundament of solid politics was, among others, comprised of the basic principles of the European Union. The parties’ councils approved the pact late Friday evening unanimously.

But what exactly does “Together. For our Austria” say? Some of the points were already excerpted on Saturday. But what do general statements like “stop illegal migration” and “speed up asylum proceedings” really mean? These are the most important of the planned measures.

Migration and refugees

  • Whoever applies for asylum in Austria will have to hand over all of his cash at the time of application. The sum is to be used to cover the basic supply costs.
  • Asylum seekers have to hand over their mobile phones to the authorities. These will analyse the phone data, to clarify identities (for example in social networks) and to verify the purported travel route. The smart phones won’t be completely confiscated, though.
  • Quicker withdrawal of the protection status at travels to the homeland.
  • During the asylum procedure, asylum seekers will receive non-cash benefits only, no more cash.
  • The obligation of medical confidentiality will be suspended, when illnesses of an asylum seeker are “relevant to the basic supply”.
  • Refugee children will learn German in so-called bridge classes. Until now, they were integrated directly into the school system.
  • The list of safe countries of origin will be expanded.
  • The monetary benefit for asylants and subsidiary protected people will be reduced to a base benefit of €365 and a potential integration bonus of €155 Euro. Family benefits will be capped to €1,500.


  • The government will lower the tax burden in the next five years. The lowering of the wage and income tax will mean keeping more net from your gross.
  • Families especially will be unburdened with a tax bonus. Among others, a tax bonus of €1,500 per child and family is offered.
  • The tax burden will be lowered to 40 percent.


  • An 2,100 additional police officers will be hired during the next five years.
  • Citizenship will be “newly reshaped”, according to the coalition paper. It is now defined as the “completion of a successful process of integration”.
  • Closing down Islamic kindergartens and Islamic private schools when they do not fulfil the legal requirements.
  • The government intends a dramatic toughening of punishments for sex crimes. Particularly for assaults on women and children.
  • Clubs that are financed by, for example, religious societies in foreign countries, will be consequently shut down. The club law will be reworked to plug loopholes.

Employment Law

  • Employment Law will be eased to make the Austrian employment market more attractive for companies.
  • More flexible working hours for employees.
  • Considering enshrining Christmas and holiday benefits for employees in law.
  • A minimum pension of €1,200 Euros for low-wage workers after 40 years on the job.
  • More funding and more positions at universities, to counteract the exodus of young scientists.


  • ÖVP and FPÖ want a definite termination of the EU accession negotiations with Turkey, and they are looking for “allies” for that. Instead, Vienna wants a “European-Turkish neighbor concept”.
  • The government wants to promote better coordination of the EU member states in protecting the outer European borders.
  • As long as this is not secured, the national borders will be secured by all measures.

Download the full program as PDF here (in German).

Translator’s note: remember how bleak Austria’s prospects seemed not long ago.

9 thoughts on “The Trump Effect is Coming to Austria

  1. Seems like a good start and perhaps a new ally of the Visegrad 4 countries. This is nicely offsetting their presidential election result – I bet the new Austrian president is not happy with such a government …

  2. Sebastian Kurz You are Our hope for Europe, closed the borders and don’t let this Muslim horders in , this is disaster for our kids ..

  3. Too little too late. UK will be Islamic sometime in the next five to ten years. Germany and Sweden are already gone and in control of de facto Communists. Merkel was a GDR “Sleeper”, Only a revolution will save these countries now. Collapsible Communism is real too. When the Berlin Wall came down on 1989 it heralded the move to Islamic Europe assisted by Merkel and her Party pals,

    • “It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.” Churchill

      “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

      Read more:

      and here we need courage to continue.

      “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”
      October 29, 1941 where he spoke at his old school, Harrow (where as a boy he’d almost flunked out)

      Then with great thanks to Baron & Dymphna, contributors, and commentators.
      “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.” Churchill

  4. I do not like H.C Strache, he is a sycophant of Vladimir Putin, having signed an agreement with his party, United Russia. The only good thing [if there is ever going to be] is that the issue of immigration will become more complicated for those who want the country to be an area without borders.

    • I like Strache and Hofer and Kurz too, though Kurz seems very changeable, which many don’t trust.
      But I find the new coalition govt’s platform of wanting to stay in the EU to try to improve it to be pretty dreamy for little alpine Austria. I wish the EU didn’t exist, the pre EU period was better on many levels, and Austria was pretty darn dreamy back at that time.

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