VIENNA – Coalition quarrels over European recovery fund

 Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s initiative against the Merkel-Macron EU recovery plan was a “mistake”, the leader of the Austrian Greens said in a TV interview on Saturday (30 May).

When Austria’s Conservative-Green coalition was inaugurated in January, observers predicted that EU policy could become a bone of contention between the two parties.

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel presented their plan for a European recovery fund on 21 May, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) lead the charge of its critics, acting as a spokesperson for the “Frugal Four” – Austria, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark – who demanded that the money would have to be paid back by the member states.

Finance minister Gernot Blümel (ÖVP) clarified in a radio interview on Saturday that Austria will not agree to the European Commission’s MFF proposal as a 2% increase of national contributions is “unacceptable”. (Philipp Grüll |

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