On 16 December, incoming Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s centre-right Austrian People’s Party (Österreichische Volkspartei: ÖVP) finalised a deal with the right-wing, anti-immigration Austrian Freedom Party (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs: FPÖ) to form a coalition government.
The ÖVP-FPÖ alliance means a move further to the political right, which will be reflected in cuts to benefits for migrants, a focus on fighting illegal immigration, and longer prison sentences for violent crime. In addition, it is likely that the government will focus on deregulation and efforts to introduce a higher degree of flexibility into Austrian labour markets. Kurz has also emphasised that his government will follow a pro-European Union course.
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