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Austria’s coalition promises tougher migration policy

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Staff Writer | December 17, 2017
Austria's newly formed conservative far-right coalition government pledged a tougher approach to migration and stronger domestic security measures.
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Europe   Sebastian Kurz and Heinz-Christian Strache
The leaders of center-right Austrian People's Party (OVP) and its partner far-right Freedom Party (FPO) announced their coalition program at a press conference in Vienna.

OVP’s young leader Sebastian Kurz and FPO leader Heinz-Christian Strache told reporters that the new government would give priority to measures that strengthen internal security, would prepare a “security package” and also adopt a tougher approach to refugee policy.

Both leaders tried to address concerns on European capitals over the far-right FPO, and stressed that the new coalition government would adopt a pro-EU approach.

The 31-year old Kurz said in the new coalition government he will become the Chancellor, and Strache would assume the position of Vice Chancellor.