Today, Austria is back to be governed by politcians. The Präsident just swore in the new Chancellor (the former, young Mr. Kurz from the Conservatives) and the Vice Chancellor Mr.Kogler from – TATAAA – the Green Party. First time, there is a coalition between Conservatives and the Green Party in Austria. Also nice to see: more than half of the Ministers and State Secretaries are female. A pity, that so few of the Ministries are led by Green Party members. But I guess, that just reflects the result of the elections.
Also a first today: a complete Government of experts steps down. They did extremly well, I think. Not much noise, a job well done. Rumour has it, had Mrs. Bierlein (the first ever Austrian Chancelloress) run for election, she would have stood a fair chance to be re-elected. I believe, no one in Austria can quite beat that young Mr. Kurz these days. Why, I don’t know. However, Mrs. Bierlein derserves all respect and I am sure, a considerable amount of voters would have liked to see her stay in office a lot longer.
It is fine, as it is. Hope, Mr. Kogler will manage to green wash conservative policies a little.