A special session in the National Council begins at 2 p.m., resulting from an urgent request from the FPÖ to Interior Minister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP). Tensions are inevitable – especially between the coalition partners ÖVP and the Greens.
At least two motions of no confidence will be introduced in the special session against Nehammer. One from the SPÖ, one from the FPÖ. The Greens will not agree to these proposals – that would mean the coalition’s premature end.
In addition, (non-binding) motions for resolutions from the SPÖ and Neos are expected with the aim of bringing the recently deported girls back from Georgia and Armenia or involving the local authorities in decisions on the right to stay, as in previous years.
The Greens will not agree to this either, although they support both.
However, the Greens are “determined” to better protect the rights of children in Austria. In this regard, Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler is to announce “further steps” in the afternoon, says Maurer.
ÖVP club chairman August Wöginger said, however, that he saw no reason to change course. “We are sticking to the government program, nothing of the kind is anchored there,” said Wöginger. He described the cooperation with the Greens as “good”, and he also assumes that the coalition will survive today’s National Council meeting. It is well known that the ÖVP and the Greens “have different positions” on the issue of migration.
“The Green Club will not vote for a motion for a resolution that does not have any consequences,” announced Maurer. Maurer sees the requests to bring the girls who were recently deported to Georgia and Armenia back to Austria as an attempt by the SPÖ to “change party change”. That is a transparent maneuver, especially since the SPÖ itself decided to tighten numerous asylum laws during its reign.